So I am going to train my own service dog and I was wondering if anyone has one or has trained one? Advice is very much appreciated.
An unofficial one, yes. My Red-nosed Pit Bull, has come into the bedroom and vigorously body slammed the bed dozens of time in the middle of the night before I started on the pump almost three months ago. In most every case I would start feeling low within seconds, up to a minute or two, after waking.
He used to do, and still does, something similar when he needs to go outside to use the bathroom. But on my hypo nights, he would go back to his bed and go to sleep after he knew I was awake.
Go to this link http://testguessandgo.com/2014/07/10/ann-wallen/
I know both Ann and Laddie from local meet ups and have seen Ann's dog, Lily, in action many times. So intriguing.
I commented here earlier, but it seems to have disappeared. I suggested looking at this group for useful info: http://www.tudiabetes.org/group/diabetesalertdogs?commentId=583967%3AComment%3A3521667&xg_source=msg_com_group
I've had a hypoglycemia alert service dog for 4 1/2 years. One of the best commitments I've ever made. His contribution to my safety and quality of life surprised me.
That being said, there are so many things to know about training a service dog. You may do everything right and be completely happy with the outcome. I think self-trained service dogs also represent a significant risk of failure.
I'd be happy to correspond with you via TuD email if you'd like more specific info. I was on the board of directors for a non-profit that trains service dogs for people with diabetes.
If you live in the Phoenix, AZ area, I know of a well studied professional trainer that will work with you to achieve success with your dog. She is Crystal Coll at petsmart on Signal Butte and 60…I have used her expertise and vouch for her professionalism.