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Training a service dog
After thinking about it, saying no, rethinking, saying no again, repeatedly for the last couple of years, I have decided that I want to train Flip to alert to low blood glucose levels. I've spent over two decades suffering from reactive hypoglycemia, always fearful of a sudden low catching me off guard (its caused me to pass out before), and I've decided that I want to use my skills as a dog trainer to benefit my health. I've spoken with a trainer of diabetic alert dogs, and she's gone over the training process with me. It seems very doable.
The scary part for me is if I want to actually use him as a service dog, I'll need to get an official diagnosis from a doctor. I know what I suffer from, and the doctor agrees that's what it likely is, but I am terrified of taking the test. I really don't want to purposefully put myself in that state, even if it is under doctor supervision. It's a very unpleasant feeling that I do everything in my power to avoid.
Just thought I'd start this thread since we have a new service dog forum.
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