Diabetic Alert Dogs — also known as DADs — are service dogs that are trained to assist diabetics.

Diabetic Alert Dogs are service dogs trained to alert diabetics of an oncoming hypoglycemic event (low blood sugar!)

DADs are able to do this by sensing and reacting to particular smells that are emitted from the human body due to chemical shifts caused by either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.

There are several ways that a diabetic alert dog can alert their human of a low blood sugar. The alert depends on how the dog is trained. These skills require specialized and rigorous training from professional service dog trainers like Rivers Edge Dog Academy.

In addition to being on alert for blood sugar malfunctions, Diabetic Alert Dogs are known to provide emotional support to its owner, resulting in an increased sense of security and balance in the daily life of someone with Type 1.