PIERMONT, N.Y., September 25, 2017 (Newswire.com) - Ryan, a 25-year-old in Piermont, New York, received a very special Diabetic Alert Service Dog delivery today, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers. Based in Madison, Virginia, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, or “SDWR,” has a mission to provide specially-bred and trained dogs for adults and children with invisible disabilities like Diabetes, PTSD, Seizure Disorders, or in the case of Ryan — Type 1 Diabetes. SDWR has almost 600 service dogs working across the US and around the globe. SDWR is currently serving almost 1,000 families.
Brawny, a Labrador Retriever Diabetic Alert Service Dog, has already received thousands of hours of training through SDWR’s service dog raiser program where volunteers raise puppies in training for about a period of one year. The dogs and raisers must follow through the foundation and skill set training provided through SDWR trainers at the facility in Virginia.
The most important thing is to maintain my health. I would like to have the best blood sugars possible so I do not have any other problems.
Ryan, Diabetic Alert Dog Recipient
Ryan has lived with Type 1 Diabetes since birth. He also suffers from cardiac issues and has a pacemaker as well as uses a defibrillator. Ryan states that “The most important thing is to maintain my health. I would like to have the best blood sugars possible so I do not have any other problems.” One of the ways Brawny will help Ryan achieve this goal is by alerting when his blood sugars get low during the middle of the night to provide a sense of normalcy to his everyday life. Since Brawny is a service dog and covered under laws in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, he will be able to accompany the family everywhere — from restaurants to doctors visits to Ryan’s place of employment.
SDWR uses a proprietary scent training method to teach Diabetic Service Dogs to detect fluctuations in blood sugar that fall outside of a handler’s healthy range. Since Brawny is a service dog and covered under laws in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, he will be able to accompany Ryan everywhere including work and other public spaces. He will work with SDWR trainers to gain the full public-access certification.
This training program is what sets SDWR apart from other non-profit service dog organizations. In the coming 18 months, SDWR will return to Ryan’s home every 3-4 months to continue working on Brawny’s customized training, follow-up training and training the human to make a successful team and public access certification. This certification can only be given to Ryan after a progression of hard work and dedication to the SDWR training program. This training program is what sets SDWR apart from other non-profit service dog organizations.
Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is a non-profit organization based in Madison, Virginia, and relies on donations to help the Organization in its mission, “Until there’s a cure…there’s a dog.” To make or donation or learn more about SDWR, please visit the website, www.sdwr.org. To learn more about Diabetic Alert Service Dogs visit www.sdwr.org/service-dogs/diabetic-alert.
Source: Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers