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Blaz is training to alert his handler by nudging her when he detects a low glucose scent. He is learning in a calm and low distraction environment. As his detection and alerting skills develop, he will practice in areas with increased distractions. In this video the scent is on her hand and in a small jar under her thigh. #barktobasics101 #servicedogintraining #diabetes #servicedogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #type1diabetes #type1 #chocolatelab
“Mahm! I found a tiny human in dis kennel! Can we keep her?!” -Franklyn. “Ahem. That’s my tiny human. She is not lost and you may not have her.” -Filly. Filly is having to share her girl because Franklyn is getting her toddler socialization in! Franklyn’s spending the rest of the week with Filly and Maggie and is going to have a blast. I’ve already received a video of Fil and Franklyn running laps in the house - oh boy. I’m leaving town for my brother’s Air Force OTS graduation so my focus will be on family and wouldn’t be on Franklyn. Rather than having Franklyn tag along without focusing on her training, she’s going to spend the next few days being a part of Filly’s family and practicing live alerts with a diabetic. This will be a great opportunity as she will experience the actual blood sugar fluctuations of someone whose pancreas is slacking off, and she also will get to be a part of Filly’s puppy parties and learn from her (I just got a text that Filly stopped playing to alert, so Franklyn followed and alerted too!). Huge thank you to @bemaggiestrong for being willing to watch the wild child and help her learn! #MahmWookIIsAtMyFwiendsHouseAgain #ButWhyIsWeBofInDisKennel #AndWifDaTinyHuman #IHasNotPwacticedDis #ButIWoveTinyHumansSoOtay #CanSheSweepoverInHereToo #ImAWeallyGoodCuddler #servicedogintrainingdiabetest1d #type1diabetes #fieldtrip #sleepover #dogtraining #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #intraining #dogsandkids #goldenretriever #dogs #comfortretriever #mddogsinc #assistancedog #futureservicedog
“Mahm, you is low. Pease fix and den get da favowite toy so I can show you dat I is vicious” -Franklyn. This pup was chewing on a bone, but stopped to alert to me while I was talking on the phone. A perfect alert at 80mg/dL even with a bone distraction means she gets her favorite ball and a game of tug! #IIsFiercePupper #WistenToMeGrowlWifMyToy #AreYouScaredOfMeMa #WhatDoYaMeanINotScawy #JustCauseIIsAMiniGoldenDoesntMeanIIsNotFierce #DisIsDiscwimination #DisIsAgainstDaLawIsntIt #DiscwiminationInDaWorkplace #servicedog #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #servicedogsofinstagram #lowbloodsugar #hpoglycemia #comfortretriever #neroball #tug #vicious #puppy #bringsel #dogtraining #mddogsinc #servicedogtraining #servicedogintraining #goldenretriever #goldensofinstagram #goodlow
Franklyn is 6 months old and has been doing well with her training, so applications for her are now officially open! If you or someone you know has type 1 diabetes and is interested in a Diabetic Alert Dog, information about Franklyn and the application are at LibbysLovingLeashes.com. Franklyn still has 8-12 months of training left, but she is showing that she loves her job and has the potential to be an excellent Diabetic Alert Dog. She is alerting to live blood sugars of 80mg/dL and below, and will learn to alert to high blood sugars of 180mg/dL and above. She is currently learning both a bringsel alert (photo) and a paw alert (video) - as she matures we will decide if she will use one of these alerts or both based on her preference. Franklyn is a Comfort Retriever, a mini Golden Retriever, and is estimated to be about 35-40 pounds when full grown. Applications will be open for the next few months to create an applicant pool, then the candidates that appear to be a good match for Franklyn will meet with us and have training sessions with Franklyn so we can find the perfect handler for her. In order to set the team up for success, we will do a gradual transition over many months so the handler knows exactly how to work with their service dog and so Franklyn is very comfortable with the handler before placement. Because of this, applicants do need to be within driving distance of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Lexington, Kentucky. There is no age requirement for her handler, as it will be based on each individual and how they work with her. Franklyn will be placed between June and Dec of 2019, once she has an alerting accuracy of at least 80%, performs 90% on double blind scent wheel tests, and passes the MD Dogs Public Access Test with her handler. Franklyn is a driven, goofy, and people-loving dog who is brilliant and loves to work, but is also great at being inconspicuous and relaxing. She will need someone who is willing to exercise her daily, will enjoy training her and keeping her mentally stimulated each day, and will treat her as part of the family as she is part of mine. Feel free to ask any questions or visit the website to learn more!
Franklyn is a social butterfly - but this means sometimes she will forget to alert if she’s playing with her people friends. So when she missed an alert to my low blood sugar because she was distracted by friends, we practiced her alert chain with distractions from some of her favorite people - they tried to entice her to come to them and stop alerting, but this Frito was on a mission! She was very focused and kept alerting without even looking their way. The real world is distracting, but we can’t change the world so we have to prepare our service dogs for the world. We will have to continually practice this as she matures, to ensure she keeps choosing alerting over playing, but after we did this exercise just once, already her focus improved the next time she alerted! (I only work on one factor at a time in order set Franklyn up for success, so in this video I was not asking her to alert with the bringsel as that would likely lead to slight frustration and would cause her alerting focus to decline. Then she would be much more susceptible to choosing to go visit her friends calling her. We just were working on alerting focus and drive among distractions so a paw alert alone was fine.) #WhatMahm #ItsNotMyFaultImMorePopularDanYou #DaPeopleWikeMe #DeyGiveMeDaBellyWubs #AndNeverMakeMeDoMeanLeaveItGamesOrAnyting #ITinkYouNeedToLearnAFewWessonsFromMe #TwyLickingDaInsideOfPeopleMoufsOrEars #DeyAlwaysWeactToDat #DeyScweamFRANKLYN #ItWorksPwettyWell #JusyTwyingToHelpYaOutMahm #diabeticalertdog #servicedog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #assistancedog #lowbloodsugar #hypoglycemia #diabetes #type1diabetes #alertdog #medicaldetectiondog #t1d #goldengram #superdog #mddogsinc #franklynsfourroses #goldensofinsta vid credit @erinmoore_818
Who knew that Franklyn would be a football fan?!? Today was Penn’s Homecoming so Franklyn and I went to the sorority homecoming brunch (which Franklyn thoroughly enjoyed because there were lots of hands for belly rubs and lots of faces for kissing). Then we went to the football game and Franklyn loved watching the game - she would poke her head up above the bleachers and just observe with her ears perked up. At the game she did a phenomenal job - weaving through the crowds of people in a perfect heel, not eating the toast that rained down during third quarter (it’s a Penn tradition 🤷‍♀️), and leaving all the French fries that we were standing on while in line for concessions. She handled it all like a champ! Then we went home for a short break and went back out for dinner, and she even alerted at dinner, after all that activity earlier! Discreetly, under the table she sat up and put her paw on me so I checked and I was 80 - spot on Frito Lay. Good girl! She has been doing a phenomenal job lately - I’ll update more in the next few posts but these past three days she has blown me away! #MahmWhyIsDoseGuysChasinDaBallWikeDat #DisIsDaWeirdestGameOfKeepAway #DeyDontGetVewyFar #IDontTinkDeyIsVewyGoodAtKeepAway #ITinkICouldTeachEmAFewWessons #DoDeyNeedANewRecruit #CauseImOpenToANewCareer #AsLongAsIGetToEatAllDisBweadDatsOnDaGwound #football #homecoming #uofpenn #servicedog #servicedogintraining #goldenretriever #goldensofinstagram #universityofpennsylvania #footballgame #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #franklynsfourroses #assistancedof
Luci is pumped to see our good friends @melbournesymphonyorchestra do the music to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban but so am I. #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #assistancedogintraining #chocolatelab #lucilovesthemovies #MSO
This is Tandie’s first time working next to an electric wheelchair. She will get continued practice walking next to it, making left and right hand turns, and stopping when it stops. She is a bit unsure at first, but she is a trooper! Public access training fun! #servicedogintraining #servicedogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #goldendoodle #goldendoodlelove #diabeticalertdog #barktobasics101 #type1diabetes #type1strong
Koda is showing off his “Leave It” skills with a tempting ball. He loves to chase balls!! It’s not play time, it’s work time and he knows it! Good job pup! Rocking his obedience practice! #barktobasics101 #englishgoldenretriever #servicedogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #servicedogintraining #diabeticalertdogintraining #type1d #obediencetraining #obedience
Can you see the squirrel? Bobo sure does! One of the toughest things about training a dog for service is ignoring distractions. One of our practices is stopping to sit and watch squirrels and birds without barking, whining or lunging. Surprisingly he has the hardest time with doves... I often have to put him in uncomfortable situations and get him to follow commands. Second pic is Bobo under a particularly frightening Halloween decoration in our neighborhood. He had to jump onto the bench, sit and stay on the bench and then come directly when called without me holding the leash. He clearly looks scared but it does help to build confidence. There's still a few more spots left for our FREE webinar #everydiabeticneedsadog ! Let me know if you want to hear more details about our training journey! #servicedogintraining #diabeticalertdogsofnyc #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #medicalalertdog #cavapoo #cavapoosofinstagram #whymomwhy #nodistractions #learnthehardway
Big congratulations to @tracybe1974 for winning the raffle 🐩👌🏼 We appreciate all the love and support we have receuved while trying to raise funds for Bijoux. And a huge thank you to everyone who entered and also to all the amazing sponsors 🤗 . #raffle #rafflewinner #happydays #specialpeople #bijoux #bijouxthedad #servicedogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #t1d #poodleloversworldwise #poodlelife #poodleblack #instapoodle #instalove #instapets
Service dogs constantly have to implement impulse control - don’t sniff that, don’t say hi to this person, don’t eat that crumb off the ground. This is more than just teaching a “leave it” cue and practicing placing cookies all around the dog (though I do plenty of that too!), they have to be able to function around the objects and focus on their handler while leaving the high value object. Lots of dogs can leave it, but they will back away from it, or be so focused on leaving it that they can’t obey cues - service dogs can’t do that, they have to always be able to perform their tasks no matter the environment. Frito is very toy driven, so today we practiced obedience while leaving her toys, and eventually even heeling overtop of them. I remind her to ‘leave it’, reward for good choices, and make myself more fun than the toys. At first I’m just letting her walk over them on her own - guiding her with body language primarily, then we do a structured heel over them. She did an excellent job and learned how to cope with the fact that she could not touch her toys, and that she has the meanest mom in the entire world. (This video is towards the end when she’s doing well! When we started out she attacked one of the toys and pranced off with it...) #OfAllDaPotentialMomsWhyDidIGetYou #YouAlmostChoseMySeesterCanYouGoBackAndChooseHerPease #IWantADifferentMahm #DisIsAbuse #DidYouSeeFloridaMadeNewLawsToProtectDogs #ITinkWeShouldMoveToFlorida #CauseTheydProtectMeFromDaMeanestMahm #SumtimesYouSayYouIsSoPwoudOfMeForPlayinWifMyToys #DenYouDoTingsWikeDisSayinIBetterNotTouchDem #IIsConfused #5monthsold #servicedog #servicedogtraining #servicedogintraining #leaveit #impulsecontrol #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogintraining #intraining #dogobedience #dogtraining #dogtrainer #servicedogtrainer #franklynsfourroses #workingdog #assistancedog #toydrive
Happy 4th birthday Suzie! Suzie was the second Diabetic Alert Dog I trained and she was placed in August of 2015 with then 14 year old, Annie. This dog taught me so much about DAD training (especially working with higher drive dogs ha!), she allowed me to experiment with my scent training skills (or put up with it at least...), was the first dog I trained to use a bringsel alert, and is the dog on the cover of my book “Puppy Steps”. It was extremely difficult to let go of her and then immediately move to Penn dog-less. As I fought to receive permission to train another Service Dog while at Penn, I constantly thought of Suzie and how much I loved training and placing her. All I wanted was to be able to do that again. Now on my fifth DAD, Franklyn reminds me a lot of Suzie and her goofiness, personality, and drive. Someday I hope to visit the west coast and see Suzie and her sweet family again. But until then, have a happy birthday Doozy! #LLLsShesADoozy #SheReallyWasADoozy #GoofiestDog #Diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #servicedog #assistancedog #comfortretriever #goldenretriever #goldensofinstagram #helperdog #typeonediabetes #jdrf #washington #westcoast #curet1d #untiltheresacuretheresacomfort
#Repost @morchuck21 with @get_repost ・・・ To quote the #amazing @officialjkrowling today is the day #America chooses “between what is right and what is easy.” We chose to #support people like my mom or those that have survived childhood #cancer or other #preexistingconditions , because if we didn’t, why did they even fight to overcome the odds in the first place? What did you #vote to support? . . . . . #morchuck21 #t1dadvocate #t1d #diabetesawareness #t1dlookslikeme #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #servicedog #servicedogsofinstagram #sdsofig #dumbledore #harrypotter #jkrowling #gotv #electionday #ivoted #govote #votetoday #midtermelections2018 #election2018 #2018midterms #silenceisavote #thereismorethatunitesusthandividesus
To quote the #amazing @officialjkrowling today is the day #America chooses “between what is right and what is easy.” We chose to #support people like my mom or those that have survived childhood #cancer or other #preexistingconditions , because if we didn’t, why did they even fight to overcome the odds in the first place? What did you #vote to support? . . . . . #morchuck21 #t1dadvocate #t1d #diabetesawareness #t1dlookslikeme #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #servicedog #servicedogsofinstagram #sdsofig #dumbledore #harrypotter #jkrowling #gotv #electionday #ivoted #govote #votetoday #midtermelections2018 #election2018 #2018midterms #silenceisavote #thereismorethatunitesusthandividesus
So today we show off our diabetes survival supply kits. Every diabetic has an arsenal of emergency tools because there's always an emergency. 💙 I used to use the #lesportsac Kevyn makeup bag for my supplies (let's talk about more designer medical supply bags!) But that was when I was using disposable insulin pens. There is a difference of how and what you carry depending on what type of treatment you use. Now that I'm on a cordless insulin pump, the insulin I use is in a vial which is extremely fragile so I don't carry it around 🤞🏽... although I hear there's new products out to protect viles I still am afraid of losing the potency of the insulin when not refrigerated. The cost of insulin is #toodamnhigh . 💙 Now Bobo is my supply pack! In his pockets he carries my pump PDM, my constant glucose monitor receiver, testing supplies, tissues, a juice box, a granola bar, his own treats and extra poo bags. For short walks in the hood when he's unvested I carry just the PDM and the reciever in my pocket. On longer traveling adventures I will carry an extra emergency kit with backup supplies. 💙 Since I have trained Bobo to also alert me when the devices vibrate (in case he's deep dreaming of fish treats) it allows me to not miss highs and lows since I often don't "feel" them until it's a problem. I appreciate Bobo bearing some responsibility for my diabetes most when I'm in class lecturing #likeaboss or out walking and just focusing on life instead of always being a vigilante #diabeticcyborg . I haven't EVER liked wearing a watch and I'm always dropping things so I need some distance from the devices for my personal sanity! 💙 Don't forget to contact me if you'd like to know more about my journey training Bobo! Our FREE webinar #everydiabeticneedsadog is on November 17th! #nationaldiabetesawarenessmonth #ndam #t1dlookslikeme #diabetiesawarenessmonth #beyondtype1 #wocdiabetes #diabitchy #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #cavapoo
A primary part of Diabetic Alert Dog training is teaching the dog to generalize their behavior to new environments and situations. This goes especially for alerting! Franklyn is pretty confident alerting at home, but is significantly less confident in public. This isn’t a particular weakness of Franklyn, this is just because she is not mature yet. Just like young kids don’t think logically, Franklyn often knows in public that when she smells low blood sugar she should do “the thing”, but sometimes has trouble or hesitancy remembering and executing it. This video shows a pretty typical alert in public for her right now - she spends some time thinking, lets out a few frustration whines, it takes a few attempts, but she figures it out and we have a puppy party. In this video she alerts using her bringsel - sometimes her primary alert is the bringsel other times it is a paw. I’m letting her decide because she will be a stronger alerter in the long run if she alerts with a method she’s comfortable with. Each day Franklyn gets better, but Diabetic Alert Dog training takes a lot of time, consistency, maturity....and puppy parties! #WillWorkForPuppyParties #EspeciallyWhenMahmLetsMePutMyPawsOnHerLap #DatsMyFavowite #AlsoWhenSheBwingsOutMyBall #ButSheAlwaysSayShhhhhhhWhenIGrowlAtMyBallInPublic #ButAPartyIsntAPartyIfYouIsQuiet #IIsSureDaPeopleStudyingNextToUsDontMindPuppyGrowls #IIsAwfullyCuteAfterall #AlsoMahmSaidToPeaseExcuseDaTyposAndEditingErrorsInDaVideo #SheWasMakingDaVideoBeforeSheHadCoffeeDisMorning #AndSheSaysImNotVewyGoodAtMyJob #Humph #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogintraining #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #servicedogintraining #publicaccess #alertdog #mddogs #futureassistancedog #futureservicedog #generalization #puppy rain #goldenretriever #goldengram #retriever
Sam is getting used to objects moving around him. As a service dog he will be traveling with his owner and will need to be comfortable with the sound and movement of suitcases. We are preparing him for this by providing him with positive experiences now. #@barktobasics101 #schnoodlesofinstagram #diabeticalertdog #servicedogintraining #servicedogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram
Field trip! Franklyn and I went to the Franklin Institute! We went for our Cognitive Neuroscience class and there were tons of sounds and screens and interactive exhibits to explain how the brain works, but Franklyn was a champ through it all! We worked through any uncertainties but for the most part she was just calm and curious! And on top of all that, she even alerted to my friend’s low blood sugar of 75 while we were there! We didn’t have a puppy party because she doesn’t get them for alerts to people other than me, but she did get praise and some pets. She has never been to anything like this museum and it’s impressive that she alerted in this situation even among all the sounds and activities that are designed to excite small children. Then afterward we went to Target where she alerted to my low of 73! (And she got a big puppy party to make up for the lack of a party for the alert to my friend). Good job Frito! Every day this pup gets better and better! #MahmIsMakinSureIIsEducatedPupper #AsIfGoingToCollegeWasntEnoughForAPupper #SometimesITinkDatMahmForgetsIIsNotAHumanChild #DogsDontWeallyNeedToKnowAboutNeuroscience #IDontTinkDatsPartOfDaTwainingCurriculum #IDontEvenKnowWhatABwainIs #ButMahmSaysIHasABigOne #ExceptSometimesSheSaysIDontHaveOneAtAll #ButDatsJustWhenShesMadAtMe #MahmIsConfusin #MaybeSheNeedsSumMoreOfDatEducation #franklininstitute #franklin #franklynsfourroses #servicedogintraining #futureassistancedog #assistancedog #servicedogintraining #diabeticalertdogintraining #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #seevicedog #comfortretriever #science #education #brain #museum #goldenretriever 📷: @erinmoore_818
This pup just did an awesome alert! We were playing fetch with her new favorite alligator toy but then one time she didn’t bring it back to me, instead she just came over. She’s one of the worst retrieving Retrievers so this wasn’t a huge surprise, but when she came over she held her bringsel. Hmmm. I told her “I am 99.9% sure you are wrong but we’ll check anyways” (yes I do speak to her like a human and yes I am glad she can’t comprehend sentences because she’d know I sometimes have zero faith in her...oops). I checked and was 81!!! I didn’t even recheck because 81 is so close to her threshold and she made the decision to stop playing in order to alert me, AND used her bringsel independently!!! So proud of this pup! Lately she has been making some great progress and this was an incredible example. What a good girl Frito! #OfCourseIIsGoodGirlMahm #IIsFranklyn #AlsoImADogAndICantCount #So81IsDefinitelyCloseEnoughTo80 #GimmeABreak #servicedogintraining #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogintraining #type1diabetes #curet1d #curetypeone #futureassistancedog #assistancedog #futureservicedog #comfortretriever #retriever #goldengram #golden #goldensofinsta #retrieversofinstagram #retrievergram
Luci’s new gear from our good friends @fuzzythreads. She’s looks so smart now. #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #assistancedogintraining #chocolatelab #lablife #newthreads . ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Please as always please support those who support Luci and Mitch. @friendlydogcollars. @fuzzythreads. @caninewellnesskitchen. @hellopethaus. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Follow Our Friends. @phoebe_the_iggy. @roniitheassistancedog. @ladythelabprincess. @jimmy_ptsd_and_me. @lucyviolet_adit. @a_golden_named_sammy. @ellas_aspie ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 🚫Please Don’t use our photo’s without permission. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• If your interested in us modelling or become brand ambassadors for your brand 📬 DM us here or 📧 mitch@luciandthediabetic.com ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Blaz is practicing the “Under” command. With training and practice all it takes is a couple of commands to get your dog to go under a table and to lie down. Practice under tall tables, short tables, tables that are covered by a table cloth, booths, desks, and more! #barktobasics101 #servicedogintraining #servicedogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #chocolatelabrador #chocolatelabradorretriever #dogtraining
Today is the beginning of diabetes awareness month! Yesterday Franklyn and I were at the grocery store and one of the employees was very uneducated about service dogs - when I told him she was a diabetic alert dog he said “but you look very fit so she can’t be for you”. Although I don’t have type 1, this was an opportunity to explain what type 1 diabetes is because unfortunately the majority of people still do not understand that it is an autoimmune disorder unrelated to diet, weight, exercise, etc. Diabetes is a monster of a disease and the public perception that it is almost self-inflicted makes it even worse. So this month especially we’ll be focusing on raising awareness and educating about t1d. Because even if just one person learns, then it’s one person who may not make diabetes jokes or assuming comments to kids like Maggie, Kylee, Annie, and Mackenzie. And in the coming months I hope that Franklyn is able to go off and help someone with t1d until we find a cure. #SeriousPostForASeriousDisease #UntilTheresACureTheresAComfort #ComfortRetriever #Type1Diabetes #CureType1 #curet1d #t1d #education #diabetesjokesarentfunny #diabetes #diabetesjokes #goldenretriever #retriever #goldengram #futureassistancedog #assistancedog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #comfortretrieversofinstagram #bloodsugar #pancreas #futureservicedog #servicedogintraining #november #t1diabetesawareness #diabetestype1
Filly (placed in June ‘18) blew everyone away yesterday with a jaw dropping alert! And Maggie’s mom managed to get it on camera! (Video is sped up to fit on instagram) Maggie was outside, halfway down the block with her grandfather while Filly was inside the house and alerted so they asked Mags to come inside. At the time Dexcom, the continuous glucose monitor Maggie wears, read 88➡️ which is a good number. But they checked Maggie’s blood sugar after Filly’s alert and Maggie was actually 67 and needed juice! We have no idea how it was physically possible for Filly to smell her girl and alert through the house and up the street, but after she alerted, Maggie’s mom realized Fil had previously been intently staring at the door trying to figure out if she needed to alert - so this wasn’t a fluke. The air current somehow carried the scent all the way from Maggie outside down the street, to Filly inside. When I got this video I could’ve burst with pride because my Crouton is doing her job and watching out for her girl. But what I also love is how supportive this family is. Maggie’s aunt is heard in the video praising Filly, and her grandfather is on board and excited about an impressive alert, and of course Maggie’s mom is excited. I love that Filly is in a home where she is treated like a family member and so much more than a dog, getting tons of praise and compliments (and chicken) for good alerts. Good job Filly for watching over your girl. You make me so proud kiddo. (With this type of situation we would never rely on the dog to alert because air currents can change and prevent the dogs from smelling that far - you can hear in the video that they are not confident that she actually was able to smell that far because there are so many factors. This was an incredible alert that we don’t quite fully understand but Filly got all the chicken and a big puppy party for it!) #DogsAreAmazing #fillyfreedom #servicedog #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #comfortretriever #goldenretriever #superpowerdogs #superdog #amazingdog #retriever #t1d #curediabetes #curet1d #continuousglucosemonitor #diabetesalert #medicaldetection
This is the real side of training Diabetic Alert Dogs - 9am in pajamas in the living room, halfway through the cup of coffee sitting on the table. For those of you who have watched the free MD Dogs videos - this is the behind the scenes, as you notice surprisingly I don’t wear a uniform every time I decide to train my dog 😂. The commands I worked on this morning with Franklyn were positional - heel, side, between, as well as walking forwards and backwards while in the “between” position. She did great this morning! (When she’s in a good mood she launches to get into heel position...clearly she was in a good mood). These commands are all necessary for her to be a service dog so that in public she can easily be maneuvered into any position in order to keep her safe and out of the way. #RealDogTraining #PjsAndCoffeeAndKibble #JustDontMixYourBreakfastWithTheDogsBreakfast #LearnedThatTheHardWay #NextTimeWillFinishMyCoffeeFirst #futureassistancedog #dogtraining #diabeticalertdogintraining #servicedogintraining #assistancedog #heel #positions #dogobedience #morningtraining #smartdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #comfortretrieversofinstagram #comfortretriever #goldenretriever #goldensofinstagram #retrieversofinstagram #retriever #dogtrainer #reallife #servicedogtraining
This morning Franklyn did even better at church than usual! She was very relaxed and laid throughout the entire service, even when we stood up to sing (she sometimes thinks that means it’s time to leave, since everyone stands. I can’t really blame her for that one). We also took the trolley there and back and she did excellently on it! At one point it was so full we had to stand up, she laid down right next to me which was next to someone’s feet, so I asked him if he was alright with her being there. He said “She’s so quiet! I didn’t even know there was a dog!” Good job Frito! Service Dogs are allowed in almost all public places in the US. One of the few exceptions is churches and religious buildings. My church is extremely accommodating and has been great with allowing me to bring each of my dogs in training every Sunday for the last 3 years. #DidClassIsDiffwentDanDaOthers #HowComeDereAreSoManyPeopleAndDeyIsSinging #AndDeresSomeOtherWeirdNoises #AndSomeTinyHumans #IdWeallyLikeToPlayWifDaTinyHumans #DeyWookWikeALotMoreFunDanLayinHere #church #comfortretriever #servicedog #comfortretrieversofinstagram #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #tenthpresbyterian #presbyterian #publicaccess #unitedstates #servicedoglaws #pca #goodgirl
This is a great example of how DADs can be helpful even with technology! Franklyn alerted, the continuous glucose monitor (CGM) said I was 131 (in range and healthy). So I checked with the glucometer (which is more accurate) and my blood sugar was actually 73 (low)! Franklyn has been doing very well today and has alerted before the CGM multiple times! While I love when my DADs beat the glucose monitors, CGMs are still incredibly valuable tools and DADs are never meant to replace them. Having both a DAD and a CGM allows you to have multiple tools so that when one fails or is inaccurate, the other keeps you from being in the dark. While having both means that diabetes is more of a focus in your life, it also means you’ll be healthier in the long run and have fewer symptoms of extreme highs and lows because the dog and the technology will give you a heads up. (Neither Diabetic Alert Dogs nor continuous glucose monitors are for everyone) (The times don’t match because I’ve been too lazy to correct the time on my meter 🤷‍♀️) #WowMahm #DatWasASortaLongPostButOnlyATinyBitWasAboutMe #IDidSuchAGoodJob #ITinkIDeservedAGreaterProportionOfDat #MoreBraggingNeeded #CauseIWikeItWhenYouTellEvwyoneHowGoodIAm #ButYouKindaHasAHabitOfTellingDemHowImNotAlwaysGood #ItsOtayIfYouGiveAFewWittleWiesYaKnow #DeyllNeverKnow #AndDenDeyWillTinkImPerfect #WhichIPersonallyTinkIAmEvenIfYouDont #diabeticalertdog #servicedog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #typeonediabetes #comfortretrieversofinstagram #servicedogintraining #franklynsfourroses #untiltheresacuretheresacomfort #cgm #spikeapp @thespikeapp #glucose #hypoglycemia #glucosemonitor #continuousglucosemonitor #dexcom #diabeticservicedog #futureassistancedog #futureservicedog
Not the best video lighting but I surprised my hooman’s with my ability to resist going after and eating this chip that was dropped (on purpose)! This is part of my #diabeticalertdogtraining and it’s harder to resist than you think! But as my girls service dog, my attention is on her and her only, the chips can wait till I’m off duty! #diabeticalertdogintraining #diabeticalertdogsofamerica #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram
Good low Franklyn! She missed a major low during class today (64) so I walked her through the alert to show her what she should’ve done. But over the next few hours since then I think she’s been trying to make up for it because she’s alerted to a 62, 67, 80, and 78 without any false alerts! Franklyn’s miss today was because she still has a lot of learning to do, but Diabetic Alert Dogs will never get all the alerts correct - they are still dogs after all! But it’s wonderful to see Franklyn improving and how she learns from those missed alerts and why it’s so important to not ignore missed alerts even though it’s sometimes easier to just fix it and move on. #SorryMahm #WasTakinANapDuringClass #IWasHavinGoodDreamsSoIDidntWantToWakeUp #AlsoYouArentDiabeticSoItsNotWeallyDatImportant #YouJustDidntEatLunch #AndDatsAPersonalPwoblem #ButIllTwyToDoBetterNextTime #MostlyCauseYouHadGoodCookiesToday #SoDatWasDefinitelyWorthIt #lowbloodsugar #hypoglycemia #diabeticalertdog #diabetic #diabetes #diabetesalertdogs #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #untiltheresacuretheresacomfort #bloodsugar #franklynsfourroses #mddogsinc
“Mahm, is da world ending!? All dese twees have parts of dem falling off and blowin around evwywhere! Is dis supposed to happen? Why is you laughin at me? I has only been alive when the twees were green and happy - but now dey wook wike dey is dyin!” -Franklyn #ThoughtsWithFranklyn #FranklyFranklyn #ItsFallFranklyn #ThisIsVeryNormal #JustWaitUntilYouSeeSnow #YouAreGoingToLoseIt #puppythoughts #servicedog #puppy #seasons #fallingleabves #comfortretrieversofinstagram #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #typeonediabetes
Franklyn has been going to Philosophy class for 8 weeks now. Apparently Franklyn has been so quiet that my Philosophy professor just realized there was a dog in his class! (There’s like 40 people in this class - it’s not large at all). On Monday we had a midterm and, as always, Franklyn came with and did well - sleeping the whole time - then we went up to turn my exam in and left. Today when we went back to Philosophy class the professor asked “Have you brought the dog every class?” When I said yes, he replied with “Wow, I never knew until you turned in your exam! That is one fantastically well behaved dog”. Franklyn has her moments, but comments like these make my day! (Though this is an extreme case as I cannot figure out how he hadn’t seen the dog in his classroom until now 😂 But very grateful for it and that he took the time to comment on it!) #IAmASilentPupper #LikeANinja #ExceptForWhenIGetBoredInClass #DenIGroan #AndDenEvwyoneStaresAtMeAndSmiles #ItsGweatCauseDenImDaCenterOfAttention #WhichIsMyFavowite #MahmSaysImSelfCentered #AndADramaQueen #WellSheCallsMeALotOfTings #SomeTingsSheSaysImNotAllowedToTellYou #DatsOnlyWhenImBadAndShesWeallyMadDough #silentservicedog #servicedog #servicedogsshouldbeseenandnotheard #orneither #comfortretriever #goldenretriever #diabeticalertdog #diabetes #typeone #assistancedog #seevicedogintraining #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #comfortretrieversofinstagram #typeonediabetes #ivyleaguepup #futureassistancedog
This afternoon was the perfect temperature for some training outside while there was construction next door! The other day I shared how phenomenal she did during a training session at 11pm. Well today I was excited to train at a normal hour, but the Franklyn who did phenomenal the other day, did not show up. She did fine but she was too energetic and neither precise nor focused. When I asked for a “Heel”, she jumped straight up in the air then went into a slightly crooked Heel position. Then the same thing with her “Between” - jumps straight up in the air and then needs another prompting to actually get in position. Not shown in this clip she also sniffed the ground and wandered off. The training session was not awful by any means, but definitely not stellar. But this is normal - especially when working with a 5 month old puppy! So we spent about 10 minutes training then went inside so that she got some training in, but neither of us became frustrated. For those self training puppies: have high standards, but also work with the dog that shows up that day - they may be phenomenal or terrible that training session, celebrate the good days and work through the rough ones. Eventually they will grow out of it into mature, well behaved adults (Usually...😅) #ITinkYouAreSayinDatToYourselfMahm #NotEvwybodyElse #DoughImNotSureWhyYouIsComplainin #IDidFine #MaybeIdDoBetterIfYouUsedYourLunchForDaTweats #NotDisDogFood #DisStuffIsKindaGross #HasYouEverEvenTwiedIt #IDontTinkYoudWorkForItVewyGoodEither #servicedog #servicedogintraining #puppytraining #dogobedience #comfortretriever #goldenretriever #goldengram #goldensofinstagram #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #minigolden #mddogsinc
This video shows how I’m working through vest aversion with Franklyn. About a month ago I noticed Franklyn didn’t like working so I pulled her from Public Access for a few weeks. In another post I’ll go into more detail about how I’ve gotten her over that, but part of it was caused by her dislike of vests. When I first put a vest on her as a puppy she showed more discomfort than most - attempting to attack it and rip it off her body, in classic Franklyn fashion. But I worked with her, gave her treats and she got over it...for a while. She then reacted to it again, ducking her head when I tried to put it on, or even stepping away from me. Her tail also stands up stiff and she doesn’t move until she shakes off, then she’s perfectly normal again. This is not the end of the world, but not something I like either. I began giving her more treats when the vest went on, but to no avail - she still hated it. So now I’m switching over to using her toy drive. We play tug when the vest is on, when the vest comes off the game stops. She has control over putting it on or taking it off, but the game stops when she takes it off. During the game I pull on the vest, rub her back, etc. while tugging and growling and making it as fun as possible for her! The goal is to change her mindset and associate the vest and the feeling of the vest, with fun and excitement! The first clip is from the beginning of the training session, the second shows her at the end - when she knows the game and is less hesitant. We ask a lot of Service Dogs but try to make every part their job enjoyable to prevent them from failing out of training. While a slight vest aversion may not cause Franklyn to fail, it could escalate so that she could begin to not like any of her job because she is uncomfortable in the vest, and that would be a reason for her to not be able to be a Service Dog. So for now, we will focus on lots of tugging in the vest so that she can continue working to become someone’s Diabetic Alert Dog! #MahmIIsNotDumb #IStillDontLikeDisTing #PeaseLetMePlayWifoutDaClothesOn #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdog #servicedog #servicedogintraining #typeonediabetes
“Mahm, I tink dey spelled dis guy’s name wrong! It’s supposed to have a “y” in it right?! I’m not sure dough cause I’m a dog so I’m not gweat at spelling” -Franklyn. Franklyn is named after Benjamin Franklin who founded Penn, and this statue of him is right on Penn’s campus. So naturally she had to get a picture with her (forced) role model. #MahmDisSmellsWeird #PweaseWetMeGetOffIt #SomeoneMarkedDeirTerritoryHere #AndItWasntADog #DatsADumbPennTradition #EvenIKnowIdGetInTwoubleForMarkingBen #AndImADog #AndAGirlSoItDoesntWeallyApply #ButYouGetDaPoint #servicedogintraining #diabeticalertdogintraining #ivyleaguepup #franklin #benjaminfranklin #franklynsfourrroses #servicedog #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #futureassistancedog #goldenretriever #comfortretrieversofinstagram #comfortretriever #miniature #miniaturegolden 📷: @vkalbacher
Pretty sure today was the best day of Pluto’s life.
Oh the looks that we get when people walk into the restroom and we are videoing our training session. Yes, we even train in the restroom! It is inevitable that the service dog/handler team will need to go into the restroom. We want to make sure the dogs are comfortable with the activity and also know what they are supposed to do in this environment (Sit and wait politely). The sounds of running water above them, flushing toilets, and hand dryers are all sounds that they should be comfortable with. We don’t mind if they lay down by the sink but prefer they sit or stand in the stall for obvious reasons. Blaz handles this training with ease!#servicedogintraining #servicedogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogintraining #chocolatelabrador #barktobasics101
Last night Koda was taken to a nearby Halloween festival. Prior to taking him into a festival of this type we want to make sure he is comfortable with the sights, sounds, and movements that he will be seeing. Although he did a fabulous job maintaining a down stay with some distance to the festival, we don’t want to progress him too soon by taking him closer. A few more positive exposures to this type of crowd/festival will be needed before we take him into the crowds. His body language and attitude went very well. So now if the next few exposures go well, then he can join in the fun. Great job Koda! #servicedogintraining #barktobasics101 #servicedogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #englishgoldenretriever #goldenlove #diabeticalertdog
Before you should take a service dog in training into a restaurant, a lot of practice going under tables and booths, maintaining a down stay, and maintaining a down stay around food should take place. We use items such as picnic tables, dining tables, and patio tables to give the dogs experience. Once we feel the dog is comfortable going under tables and booths and we feel their skills are up to par, then we take that training into an actual restaurant. Liam, shown in this video, is making great progress with these skills! #diabeticalertdogintraining #diabeticalertdogs #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #servicedogsofinstagram #servicedogintraining #diabetes #servicedogintraining #barktobasics101
We are in Goodwill working with Tandie on Public Access activities. In this video she is being exposed to the sound of clothes\hangers moving on a clothing rack, items of clothing going over and around her, and we are making sure that she doesn’t try to bite the clothing. When done with her training it is important that her handler can do typical shopping activities such as this without the service animal being a disruption to her, other shoppers, or merchandise. #servicedogintraining #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogintraining #goldendoodlesofinstagram #goldendoodle #medicalalertdogsofinstagram #medicalalertdogintraining #diabeticalertdog #barktobasics101
Liam is practicing the “back” command. We are practicing next to the fence to provide him with a guide to backing up straight and keeping him close to me in the heel position. I walk with him in the heel position, he sits when we stop, and backs up when I ask him to. I am pointing backwards to give him the hand visual. This command is useful in situations such as backing up into a booth at a restaurant or in the narrow seating aisle of an airplane. Good job Liam! #obediencetraining #servicedog #servicedogintraining #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdogs #labradorlove #medicalalertdog #chocolatelab
Woohoo!!! While I was eating lunch Franklyn held her bringsel, indicating a blood sugar alert. I was skeptical, as she’s a puppy and sometimes enjoys just holding her bringsel for fun (She sometimes thinks the bringsel exists so she has a toy on her at all times...) But anytime she holds her bringsel I check my blood sugar to ensure I’m not failing to reward an alert, and to show her what the bringsel is used for. So I checked and she was right! She alerted at 80 mg/dL, which is the exact low threshold she’s in training to alert at! This was the first time she really held the bringsel as her primary alert and the alert was completely unprompted and unexpected! Good job Frito!!! #SeeIKnowWhatIIsDoinMahm #CookiesNowPease #SoICanGetDaTasteOfDisTingOuttaMyMouf #CanYouFlavorDisBringselTingWifBaconOrSumfin #DenAlertingWouldBeWeallyFun #AndIDefinitelyWouldntChewOnItJustForFunDen #AlsoITinkYouAlweadyPostedDisPictureInYourStoryMahm #IKnowImCuteButDaPeopleAlweadySawDis #IGuessDoublePostingIsOkWhenMahmIsSuperPwoud #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #servicedogintraining #servicedog #diabeticalertdog #assistancedog #comfortretriever #typeonediabetic #goldensofinstagram #goldenretriever #goldensofinstagram #helperdog #workingdog #lowglucose #hypoglycemia #glucose #lowbloodsugar #diabetes #typeonediabetes #curetypeone #untiltheresacuretheresacomfort #franklynsfourroses
Today we took our senior portraits! Well, by “we” I mean “I” because Franklyn’s a dog and doesn’t get to be in Penn’s yearbook. We walked in and I put Franklyn in a down stay along the wall while I sat and was treated astonishingly similar to how I treat Franklyn when I photograph her: “Sit. Look here. Stay. Turn this way. Look there. Sit straight. Stay.” #ATasteOfYourOwnMedicineMahm #HowDoYouWikeIt #ItsNotSoFunHuhMahm #KindaDemeaningDontYaThink #MaybeYouShouldStahpTakinSoManyPicturesOfMe #goldensofinstagram #comfortretriever #servicedogintraining #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #servicedog #photograph #senioryear #diabetic #typeonediabetic #t1d #assistancedogs #diabeticalertdog #franklynsfourroses
“You’re low Mahm! See, I hold dis ting. And den when da machine says dat I am right, we get da party!” -Franklyn. Yesterday this pup had 5 low alerts! (81, 72, 79, 75, and 77). She is far from being reliable at this point, but we celebrate all the victories and yesterday sure was one of them! #SeeIIsGoodAlertPupper #IDoAnytingForDaCookies #IEvenHoldDisPinkTing #ExceptImADogSoICantTellThatItsPink #YouJustSaysItsPinkCauseIIsAGirl #franklynsfourroses #goldensofinstagram #comfortretriever #servicedogintraining #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #servicedog #untiltheresacuretheresacomfort #goldenretriever #goldenretrieverpuppy #assistancedog #futureassistancedog #diabeticalertdog #type1diabetes #curetype1 #t1d
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