Seizure Alert Dogs
Everyone knows that service dogs make great companions for those in need. Most commonly, we associate service dogs with the blind – but did you know there is actually a wide variety of training available for service dogs? If you’re looking for a furry friend to help you out, you can now have a dog trained to be a Seizure Alert Dog.
Contrary to what the name suggests, Seizure Alert Dogs cannot actually detect an oncoming seizure. In some rare circumstances dogs have been known to alert their owners to an oncoming seizure, but this is not something that can be deliberately trained. One popular use for Seizure Alert Dogs is helping individuals with epilepsy to stay safe during a seizure by protecting them or guiding the person away from dangerous situations. They can also be trained to fetch medication, fetch a telephone for emergency calls, alert caregivers or press emergency alert buttons.
Just like us, they Seizure Alert Dogs aren’t born knowing everything. These dogs have to be specifically trained with this skillset and that can take anywhere from 6 months to two years.
For many people with a disability, living alone can be a daunting thought. These dogs make it possible for someone with serious epilepsy to have a more independent lifestyle. Not to mention how nice it is to have a loyal and cuddly friend around! Many people consider these highly trainable breeds the best candidates for the job: German Shepard, Golden Retriever or Labradors. In some cases, Standard Poodles are also used.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about Seizure Alert Dogs in Atlantic Canada, you can find out more information from the links below.