All About Diabetic Alert Dogs


You’ve heard of them, those super hero dogs who are helping detect blood sugar changes in their owners with diabetes. Perhaps you’ve even seen them in action. Before you add in that canine companion though, here are things to consider in terms of training, pricing and lifestyle changes. Also, we’ve provided some personal stories about diabetic alert dogs (DADs) going above and beyond. You decide if they’re all they’re snuffed up to be!

Know the facts

Review the International Association of Assistance Dog Partner’s Minimum Training Standards for Public Access. The Public Access Test evaluates the dog’s obedience and manners and the handler’s skills.



Download a Diabetic Alert Dog School form in English and Spanish.

WRITTEN BY BT1 Editorial Team, POSTED 08/05/16, UPDATED 12/23/22

This piece was authored collaboratively by the Beyond Type 1 Editorial Team.