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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-05-2014, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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I had my phone consultation with the service dog trainer today. I can't believe this is all actually happening. Its all somewhat experiemental since they've never trained a medic alert dog for someone with my condition before. We have our first training session in a few weeks (for 4 hours!). We're ordering Oliver a vest. I feel more comfortable with him wearing a vest. I kind of have a bit of anxiety about people approaching him and me. I kind of prefer to be just left alone, but with fluffy golden retrievers that tends not to happen. He has most of the obedience behaviors down, so during our initial training sessions we'll fine tune his public behavior. She said he'll begin to understand that wearing his vest means he's working and he'll know the difference between a walk to the park and a walk with the vest on. For now I have to keep a close eye on Oliver and his behavior towards me when my condition acts up and see if he has any sort of natural triggers. I guess there are different ways of training medic alert dogs depending on if they naturally respond to the scents your body gives off or if you have to train them to recognize the scent. I'm thinking keeping a journal might be a good idea. This makes me feel so much safer already, knowing that Oliver will be trained to help me in emergencies. These dogs, they're miracles with paws.
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Addison's Disease and your dog

Hi there,
I am so interested to hear how the training went with Oliver. I am also an Addison's sufferer and have been thinking along the lines of trying to find any information regarding obtaining or training a medical service dog.
I would appreciate it if you could let me know how this process went for you.

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I would like an update as well! I have been searching for a few years for resources to train my dog, or get another dog from an agency, that is trained to warn me before I go into crisis. I was wondering if diabetic alert dogs would be just as effective since hypoglycemia usually accompanies an adrenal crisis. I actually had a cat who was an adrenal crisis alert cat about 6 or 7 years ago. I never trained her, but we began noticing after awhile that she was detecting it. Usually she would be very passive and not bother me, but when I began to have a crisis she would meow nonstop, smack me on the leg repeatedly and/or even try to climb on my chest if I was lying. Unfortunately, she had to go live on my dad's farm when I got my dog because they did not get along. I have a degree in animal science (so just a bit of knowledge about behavior and training) and have trained my dog to do many things around the house for me because of my many medical issues. I have had a number of back surgeries and sometimes have trouble reaching my feet. I trained him to pull off my socks, and tug on the bottom of my pants to help get them past my feet. He is just a service dog at home though because he is so cute no one will leave him alone so he gets very distracted in public. I have no idea how to go about training to detect hormones or chemicals though, so I am a bit stuck on that front. I have thought about getting a dog from an agency already trained, since most of the agencies I have found do it this way. Again, I would love an update about whether or not you were able to get your dog trained to help you with your Addison's disease!
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Hi coaraujo, I'm glad that everything seems to be working out so far! I would love to see updates from you about Oliver's training. I have service dog myself who is retiring and will be getting my golden girl as his successor.

I also wanted to point out that a vest is not legally required in the US but it is recommended that your dog is marked to avoid any issues with public access and it somewhat deters people from petting.

Wishing you the best of luck and hope to hear from you soon!
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Adrenal Crisis Alert Dog

I found that it is possible to train a service dog to detect the chemical changes on your breath and skin that are related to an adrenal crisis: BBC - Life saving dog is a world first.
However, despite this "first adrenal crisis alert dog" being utilized back in 2009, I am still having a hard time finding a facility in the U.S. that knows how to do it. I was able to find one, but they are not located near me. If you are located in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Florida, Pennsylvania, or Virginia, this may be the place for you. They do have adrenal disorders listed as a condition they can train an alert dog to detect. The facility is called "Service Dog Express" and you can even use your own dog as long as they understand certain basic commands and have the right temperament. Take a look here: Service Dog Express-Training for Wounded Warriors/Civilians
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ESA do not have public access, can only be used in home.
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