This was written by a friend of mine who has an amazing DAD name Gracie that she self trained and a T1 daughter. Here is the link to the original post https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=418738131499763&id=242606235779621¬if_t=feed_comment_reply and it is reprinted here with her permission Thank you Shana Eppler!
I am not a blogger....I'm a quick poster. However, something has been bothering me that I feel I need to address.
Many people read about Gracie and other DADs and automatically think "I
want that!" Gracie is a life saver. She is a blessing from God, BUT
having a DAD is big responsibility. It is a 24/7 job. Having a DAD
means checking more often.....getting woke up more at night....dealing with
a DAD that's alerting while dealing with a low/high child. It's a lot
to have on your plate. It's not all fun and games. It is work.
I researched DADs before I put down a deposit with a breeder in early
October 2009. I knew my puppy would not be coming home with me until
April/May 2010. I had a 7 month wait. I went to DAD conferences. I
talked to trainers. I read every book on dog training that I could get
my hands on. I read about different training methods. I talked to
diabetics who had DADs. I picked their brains. I took notes and took
notes. I practiced teaching obedience to our family pet. I planned
When Gracie became ours on April 30, 2010, I was
prepared as best as I could be. I had a plan. I took May through the
end of August off and did nothing but train 24/7. I had Gracie on a
training schedule. I trained her multiple times a day on obedience
skills. She watched every single blood glucose check at night and
during the day from night one on. She went everywhere we went. Every
moment was a training opportunity.
I am finding that many
people see the end result and jump in feet first having no clue what
they are doing. They do not do their research. They do not ask
questions or take notes. If they do ask questions, they hear what they
want to hear. Often they ask questions and then do just the opposite.
They see what they want and act on it without thinking, and then they
are surprised when things don't work out the way they thought it would.
Talk to people who have DADs. Talk to several people who have DADs that
actually alert at night and during the day. Pay attention to their
advice. Listen to what they have learned....what they have lived
through. Listen to the breeds they recommend. There's a reason why
some breeds work better than others. Listen to the training advice they
give. They have been there, done that. They know what works and what
I guess the point I'm getting at is prepare yourself.
Put just as much effort into researching DADs and training a DAD as you
put into researching and learning about diabetes. Take it slow.
Educate yourself. You'll be a lot better off in the end.
Well said Shana!