Service Dogs: Top Diabetic Assistance Dog Breeds – Service Dogs for People w Diabetes – Animal Facts


According to the US Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 10 American adults has diabetes. The CDC estimates that If trends continue,
that figure is expected to double or triple by 2050. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to a myriad
of serious complications. It can cause damage to small and large blood
vessels and organs. This can often lead to heart disease, stroke,
kidney disease, nerve damage, and eye disease, among other often serious complications. Our best friend, the dog, has always maintained
a special intuition into the needs of his people with some recent studies suggesting
that the dog played a key role in modern humans becoming the sole human species beating out
other hominids, such as the Neanderthals. This virtuous circle of cooperation saw humans
and their canine friends get stronger, together, over time. A topic we look forward to covering in a future
video. The days of requiring our friend to help us
hunt are long gone, but he still retains his close bond with us. A bond, that when properly harnessed, can
help us battle a crippling disease. Let’s find out how these Diabetic Service
Dogs, often called Diabetic Alert Dogs, are assisting as we fight a growing foe. Hi, I’m Leroy and I’m Rosie and this is
Animal Facts. Let’s get started. But, before we start, take a moment to like
and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. Let us know about your doggy in the comments
below. We’ll get the top breeds used as Diabetic
Service Dogs in a bit, but first, let’s see how these dogs help their handlers fight
an invisible enemy. As a culture, the term Diabetes is a familiar
one. Most of us know at least one person suffering
from diabetes. But, what is it? Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases that
involves high blood sugar or glucose levels. Every cell in your body needs energy to function. When you eat, your body breaks down foods
that have carbohydrates into glucose. While this happens, your pancreas releases
a hormone called insulin. Insulin acts as a “key.” It allows the glucose to go from the blood
into the cells. It also helps you store energy. Insulin is a vital part of metabolism. Without it, your body isn’t able to function
or perform properly. Managing diabetes requires keeping close track
of blood glucose levels. Treatment may include taking insulin or other
medications to help your body reduce the high glucose levels. Our canine friend steps in with one of his
keenest senses – his sense of smell. According to Diabetic Alert Dogs of America,
“Our bodies are a unique makeup of organic chemicals – all of which have very specific
smells. Low and high blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia/
hyperglycemia, release chemicals in the body that have a distinct odor that is undetectable
by humans. Our training process positively motivates
these dogs to alert when these odors are detected.” But, you’re asking yourself, “Don’t
we have blood sugar strips and tests?” Why yes, we do, but those methods require
you to manually test yourself on a schedule, which may miss sudden spikes or drops in blood
glucose, either of which may be life-threatening. And most of our current tests are invasive,
many requiring a small blood sample. A diabetes service dog isn’t a replacement
for checking blood sugar levels. However, it is a safeguard for those who experience
episodes of low or high blood sugar, especially if they do not have warning symptoms. Furthermore, the Diabetic Assistance Dog can
provide emotional security and a sense of balance for individuals and for those who
have loved ones with diabetes. He can help you lead a more confident, active,
and independent lifestyle.And as with all service dogs, a diabetic service dog can be
taught a variety of tasks to assist with the needs his handler. These tasks can include alerting other family
members if an owner needs assistance, bringing needed objects, such as medications, retrieving
a cell phone for assistance, and even in some instances, dial 911 using a special device,
if assistance is needed. So, what breeds are we turning to? While this is certainly not an all-inclusive
list, here are the top 5 candidates for Diabetic Service Dogs. 1. Labrador Retriever Have you ever wondered why the Labrador Retriever
is always used as a Service Dog? A Labrador Retriever is a highly versatile
breed which is considered one of the best canine breeds for training. He is hard-working with an extraordinary intelligence
that makes him a good candidate for training to become a proficient service dog. A Lab is also known for his friendliness and
sociability. His sunny disposition makes him an excellent
family dog as well as a service dog. This furry companion is not only good-natured
but, he works so hard for his owner that you can’t help but love him for the loyalty
that he will shows. The Lab is extremely obedient. He listens and he does his best to do a good
job at any task that he is given. With all his special talents and loving nature,
it is no wonder why the Labrador Retriever has been considered the number one dog in
America and abroad. A Lab’s desirable traits enable him to shower
affection and comfort to the people that need him most. 2. Golden Retriever Like the Labrador, the Golden Retriever is
a highly intelligent, devoted, obedient, eager-to-please dog; in fact, the first three dogs to win
the American Kennel Club’s Obedience Championship Title after it was introduced in 1977 were
all golden retrievers. He osis physically active and enthusiastic
but not hyper. Affection and friendliness are given freely
and appreciated in return, and the golden retriever is tolerant of and even warm toward
kids and pets, often bonding strongly with the entire household. Much like the Labrador, he has become synonymous
with service dog work for his strong work ethic and friendly nature. Because of each breeds’ traits that make
them both great service dogs, a mix, called a Goldador has also become quite standard
in service dog work, 3. Poodle The Poodle may have the physique of a fashion
model, but this breed was born to hunt. He’s the brightest of the brightest. He is among the most intelligent and most
obedient dogs to be found. This, combined with his curiosity and eagerness
to please, makes him easy to train and dependable. The Poodle appreciates mental challenges and
lots of physical activity, both of which often come with assistance work. He’s also adaptable to different environments,
allowing him to stay focused and alert at home and in all sorts of public situations. The Poodle is friendly but not overly enthusiastic
or stimulated around unknown people or animals, remaining well-behaved and attentive to his
responsibilities outside the home. 4. Labradoodle Take the qualities of the Lab that make him
a great service dog, combine that with the intelligence and low-shedding coat of the
Poodle and you get a Labradoodle a great service dog that can be allergy & asthma friendly. He’s an intelligent and friendly hybrid
breed that was originally bred in Australia as a Guide Dog for the blind. Since he has moved on to be a big player in
the service dog world as well as a popular family pet. 5. Australian Shepherd Intelligent, hardworking, and versatile, the
Aussie is a no-nonsense dog who thrives in a home where his brains and energy are put
to good use. As a herding dog, he has an intelligence to
not just obey a command but to figure out problems on his own, but he also needs constant
mental and physical exercise. While, he might not be the best breed for
everyone, for the more active diabetic, he certainly has the energy to help maintain
an active lifestyle, which can offset more advanced cases of diabetes. This episode was made possible by our friends
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11 Responses

  1. Animal Facts says:

    Do you or someone you know use one of these amazing dogs?

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  3. João Guerra says:

    Animal facts itś based on NO FACTS at all. Of all 5 breeds only the Australian Sherpherd itś actually an intelligent dog. Please present facts about all the other 4 breeds…

  4. D - Girl says:

    I have diabetes but I don't have a service dog.

  5. Animal Facts says:

    Wanna see more Service Dogs? Check out this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34vaXt9FH3A&list=PL3gSmDymCHCeW67E6r77viydcnAILlsFs

  6. btstaetae says:

    I just got diagnosed and I want one so bad but it’s so expensice

  7. Brittany Bauernfiend says:

    There are so many false claims in this video. There isn't just one type of diabetes. And it certainly isn't Diabetes Mellitus. Diabetes Mellitus is commonly called Type One Diabetes and is only found in ten percent of all diabetics. Diabetes Mellitus is where the pancreas fails to produce the hormone insulin. Then there's Type Two Diabetes which is ninety percent of all diabetic cases. Type Two Diabetes is where the pancreas produces insulin, but the body holds resistance against it. And that fact you mentioned in the beginning about the cases of diabetes doubling in the future definitely umbrellas all diabetes as the same thing and that is not the case whatsoever. I suggest actually talking to a few diabetics, type one and type two, and finding out the differences between the two. Type One Diabetics have to take upwards of six or more shots per day or have an insulin pump, not to mention the four to twelve blood glucose checks per day as well. Type Two Diabetics typically don't take insulin injects (although in some cases they do, it varies from individual to individual) and they usually take oral medications, sometimes Type Two Diabetes only need to check two or three times per day as well, but once again it really depends on the individual, as each person is different when it comes to diabetes. I have had Type One Diabetes for nearly ten years now and it never fails to surprise me when someone is on a platform such as this and spreading such false information. Check you facts because they definitely lacked in this video.

  8. That crazy girl says:

    I don’t have a dog, but I need one before I move out, as I’m a type one diabetic, I was diagnosed at 5

  9. That crazy girl says:

    Hey!! I’m reading a dogs purpose too!!!! I’m reading it on paper but still!

  10. Barbara Vance says:

    Sorry, I disagree. The #1 service dog worldwide is the German Shepherd.

  11. Linda Ransome says:

    Unfortunately I am unable to hey a diabetic dog. But, earlier last summer, I had to put my companion to sleep because of cancer
    She was a tonqunese cat. She was 24 years old. She would awaken me if my levels got too low. She also made sure I got up and moved around if my sugars got high.i am diet and pill controlled
    But also completely glucose intollerant. A tough whenever I am hospitalized. I do miss my Lilbit terribly. Maybe one day soon I will be allowed a dog. I have congestive heart failure and copd as well
    Would be nice to have someone that can smell my changes and alert me quickly. I

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