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Old 07-25-2013, 05:13 PM
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I really don't

But I believe every dog comes into your home & heart for a reason, perhaps Brady was never meant to stay with his first home but was meant to come home with me.

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How lucky you are that Brady is so sensitive to that. I've read that there is a slight odor associated with abnormal blood sugar levels that even a very attentive Doctor can detect. It's interesting that Brady picks up on it but your other dogs don't. Any thought what explains that?
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It's likely that all the dogs can pick up the change in scent, but Brady's just the only one that thought it had a significance. Think about all the times our bodies likely get a change in scent - what we eat, what meds we take, the amount we exercise, all can effect that. Dogs' noses are amazing, they can likely pick all that up without even thinking about. So the matter isn't teaching them to smell it, but to teach them that that particular scent has significance. Brady for some reason seemed to see that change of scent stands out. Maybe your personality also changes when you are low. Maybe you tend to give treats out more often when you are low. Who knows? But he naturally made some kind of connection. Flip had to be taught that scent is of importance, as most diabetic alert dogs do. I initially paired the scent with lots of food and praise, then later taught him when he recognizes that scent, he should let me know. So he isn't alerting me out of concern for my welfare, he is saying, who hoo, I smell the fun scent, lets have a party! LOL
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Ok, I did get curious and did some looking on the internet.

Apparently, some dogs spontaneously alert when their person is involved - most do have to be trained and they appear to always need training if it is not their person they will be living with. Interesting


Diabetes Alert Dogs & That Dog-Gone Low Blood Sugar | Joslin Diabetes Center Blog
Sugar Dogs International, Inc. | Diabetic Alert Service Dogs
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That's really wonderful...it's just very touching to imagine him gently waking you up with licks to help you.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:03 PM
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LOL - one of the articles mentioned using pineapple to train since this might be similar to how a person going hypo smells ; so maybe he is really just trying to get a taste of pineapple????
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That is awesome!


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