The Indiana Canine Assistance Network in Indianapolis, Indiana, has for the past decade trained dogs for mobility assistance for persons with disabilities. They described the results of training their first hypoglycemia alert dog.
A two-year-old mobility assistance Labrador/Golden Retriever was trained to recognize hypoglycemia through exposure to perspiration samples collected from patients during hypoglycemia (blood glucose <65 mg/dL) and normoglycemia. After the dog was introduced to the potential owner, the owner’s perspiration samples were used to complete training before placement.
The correlation between alerts (nudging the owner’s arm) and hypoglycemic events (by self-monitored blood glucose) was greater than 98% by three months post-dog placement.