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37 minutes ago, CPT Trips said:

It seems that not all certified service dogs out there can’t provide the advertised service.

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/12/798481601/the-hope-and-hype-of-diabetic-alert-dogs

 

That said, I hope cruise lines continue to allow diabetic alert dogs to accompany cruisers. 

 

Two dogs ago, our wiemeriner "Mr Roux", apparently trained himself to alert to low blood sugar. He would nudge/hit or bark until my wife roused. When she checked, her meter would show low readings [40 or less].

 

When our current dog [Miss Judy, a 10 year old Beagle] paperwork caught up with her it stated that she had been trained/certified for blood sugar. Mrs Bear is taking better care of blood sugar levels these days, but Judy did alert a couple of times - and sure enough the meter said 'too low'.

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Heartbreaking story and I'm sure my opinion will upset some people but,,, oh, well! I used to be all for service animals for the disabled and emotional support animals for those with emotional issues to deal with. Historically, my family has mental health issues.

However, with all the stories coming out about abuse of the program, the outright lies and fraud,,, I feel the whole program needs to be suspended until there becomes more clarity and regulation of the industry.

Who needs to take over this program and set the guidelines and regulations? Those for whom it serves. If left to me to resolve, nobody will be happy except me.

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On a practical matter, alert dogs need constant  training and they need to "alert" daily and be rewarded.  The hardest working dogs of all, drug dogs, find something every day even if their partner plants it.  Who is going to trigger a diabetic crisis for a training session?  There are Endocrinologists that will not endorse these dogs because some patients stop testing because the dog will tell them ...no it won't.  

 

 

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12 hours ago, CPT Trips said:

It seems that not all certified service dogs out there can’t provide the advertised service.

aren't

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/12/798481601/the-hope-and-hype-of-diabetic-alert-dogs

 

That said, I hope cruise lines continue to allow diabetic alert dogs to accompany cruisers. 

They could weed out the fakes by simply being allowed to require proof the cruiser is diabetic but since they can't, the fakes will continue.  Calling your pet a diabetic alert dog is one of the most common frauds.  You never can be required to prove you are diabetic and since you aren't going to go into crisis, the dog isn't ever going to be require to show its stuff.     

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On 2/15/2020 at 12:44 AM, Elaine5715 said:

They could weed out the fakes by simply being allowed to require proof the cruiser is diabetic but since they can't, the fakes will continue.  Calling your pet a diabetic alert dog is one of the most common frauds.  You never can be required to prove you are diabetic and since you aren't going to go into crisis, the dog isn't ever going to be require to show its stuff.     


That's a good point. People with many types of disabilities receive service dogs at no cost from respected nonprofits that belong to, and adhere to the standards of, Assistance Dogs International. These nonprofits screen candidates for their dogs rigorously, requiring medical statements, personal interviews, the nonprofit’s supervised handler training & testing, and so on before handing over the leash. My assistance dog came from one, Dogs for the Deaf (now known as Dogs for Better Lives, reflecting their enhanced services).
 

Deaf people can’t visibly “prove” their disability, and are not required to by the ADA, but if they are paired with such a nonprofit’s Hearing Dog, you can be sure it was based on need and careful verification.

 

Canine Companions for Independence, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and many other nonprofits belong to Assistance Dogs International. Many of these groups support the idea of a national certification system.

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