Saturday, 16 November 2013

Medical Alert Assistance Dogs

Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to help people with life-threatening health conditions, giving them greater independence and above all saving their lives on a daily basis.
Dogs are trained to assist individuals who manage complex health conditions. They are taught to identify the odour changes that are associated with life-threatening medical events.

The avoidance of dangerously low blood sugar levels (Hypoglycaemia) is an acute daily problem for people with diabetes. When accompanied by loss of warnings it has a dramatic effect on the lives of both the person with diabetes and their family.

Low blood sugar levels are very dangerous if left untreated. Symptoms vary from confusion to seizures to comas, and can become life-threatening.Causes of hypo unawareness can include:
  • brittle diabetes – unpredictable, rapidly fluctuating blood sugar levels
  • some medications 
  • long term-diabetes 
  • tightly controlled blood glucose levels
An inability to detect a hypo is common in young children and adolescents as a result of their stage of growth and development. Recurring hypos can contribute to memory and concentration problems. 

For some people with diabetes deliberately raising their blood sugar levels was the only way to prevent severe hypos. We know that high blood sugars over a period of time are likely to cause disastrous consequences including amputations, sight loss, heart disease, strokes and renal failure. 

With their amazing sense of smell our dogs are trained to detect minute changes in blood sugar levels. When these levels fall or rise outside the normal range they will warn their owner, get help and fetch any vital medical supplies.

Medical Alert Assistance Dogs also provide alert dogs for those with other very dangerous health conditions including Addisonian crisis which causes severe pain, convulsions and unconsciousness; pain seizures which lead to collapse and hospitalisation; severe allergic responses, and narcolepsy, a malfunction of the sleep/wake regulating system which causes sleep attacks and paralysis.

Medical Alert Assistance Dogs continues to investigate other debilitating and potentially fatal conditions which their dogs may have the ability to help.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Nina Bondarenko

Nina Bondarenko has a witty and entertaining presenting style that reveals an extraordinary knowledge of all things ‘Dog’. As a breeder, judge, trainer, assessor, behavioural consultant, Nina has developed an in-depth understanding of Canine Ethology, Canine Cognition and Communication, the Human-Animal Bond, and how to help us humans talk to dogs and be understood.

Nina Bondarenko is the author and illustrator of the book “Hearts, Minds and Paws” – a lavishly illustrated book on dogs with unusual working jobs, from blood and explosive detection, through seizure alert and response, and including Assistance dogs such as Dog of the Millennium and Dickens Medal winner Canine Partners 'Endal'  www.milleniumdog.freeserve.co.uk

She has been training dogs for specific-purpose working roles for over 30 years. Nina was a founder member of the Dingo Study Foundation (Aus), and she studies wild canid behaviour.


Nina also delivers training on the SCAS courses Companion Animal Interventions in Therapeutic Practice and Practical Training for Therapy Dogs.
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In this 1 hour online webinar, internationally renowned canine behaviourist and trainer, Nina Bondarenko looks at the common communication signals our dogs make all the time to tell us (and each other) how they are feeling. Invaluable for any dog owner this session should help you to recognise when your dog is a happy dog and when they are not so happy.
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