|Barked: Mon Oct 29, '07 5:20pm PST |
|I trained Sabrina, but she's not a diabetic alert dog! I've heard from others though that you can do some more standard type of scent training, where the dog alerts you to a scent, and that you might be able to use as a scent a hankerchief with sweat from during a low on it (seal it in a plastic baggie between uses to preseve the scent). Again, I don't know a lot about this, but we did a little bit of scent work with Sabrina as we're trying to train her to find my husband in a crowded store. The book my trainer reccomended was called Fun Nosework for Dogs or something similar.
In my nosework class that I took last winter there were some dogs that were super good at scenting right off the bat-- one of them was a beagle. Those and other hound dogs tend to have good noses as that's what they were bred to do. Sabrina doesn't really have that great of a nose, though, and she's half Weimaraner. Personally I'd reccomend hiring a trainer who has experience training dogs for scent work and having them help you pick the dog. That way you can at least be a little more confident that the dog will be able to learn it. I know that there are often trainers who visit shelters to look for dogs with potential for police, SAR or service work so you could call aroundn and start asking about them to see if they can help you pick a dog. Even though you don't want the dog to be a service dog right now, it might be something your dad becomes interested in in the future, plus easily trained good manners would be a plus even in a dog-friendly work environment, so you might as well pick a dog who will also have a temperment for service work if you can. Hope that helps!
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