Frequently Asked Questions
Each video will be $30. However prices are subject to change at any point in time.
Since this program is still in development it is unknown at this time. However there should be AT LEAST 24 OR MORE VIDEOS, each broken down by week with each video being between 15 and 20 minutes long.
On the bottom of Week 1s video webpage, there is a “Buy It Now” button. Click on that and you will be sent to a page to purchase the videos. Once you purchase the video you will be redirected to a webpage to become a member which will allow you to view the content.
No, you will be able to access your purchased video for 2 weeks and view it as many times as you like.
No. We want you to succeed. Skipping ahead will only lay the foundation for failure.
No. We want you to succeed. This program is set up just like an online classroom. You will not be able to purchase the entire program because we want you to actually DO YOUR HOMEWORK! You will NOT succeed in this program if you do not follow all our directions. There are no quick ways to train a quality diabetic alert dog.
If your dog is not food motivated, has an anxiety condition, has health problems, is fearful of other dogs or humans, has a bite history (with any other dogs or humans), have been previously trained using harsh training methods or is Brachycephalic your dog will NOT be suitable for this program.
Since this program is still in development it is unknown at this time exactly how long it will take for you to train your own diabetic alert dog. However you should expect AT LEAST 6 MONTHS OR MORE of intensive daily training in order to achieve a reliable alert dog.
Unfortunately the cost of the videos do not cover individual training advice. If you would like to schedule a time to talk on the phone or have a SKYPE conversation (so we can see you and your dog and you can see us) you will need to purchase time with our trainer. In the future we will be scheduling webinars where you will be allowed to ask your questions. However at this time there are no scheduled webinars for you to attend.
You will be REQUIRED to do at least 20 minutes a day of training. If you cannot commit to 20 minutes a day to this program you will not succeed.
Night alerting is NEVER guaranteed. If anyone guarantees a night alerting diabetic alert dog they are lying to you. Dogs sleeping patterns are just as unique as humans. One hard day on the beach playing ball and your dog may not alert to a low blood sugar because they are passed out and fast asleep. Just like humans, young dogs sleep deep, so we can never guarantee night alerting abilities for our students.
This program was only designed to address the diabetic alert portion of the training process. If you would like to take your dog out into public that is up to you and is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that your dog will not harm other animals, people or property. Our suggestion is to contact a Karen Pryor Academy Graduate at http://www.karenpryoracademy.com/ for referral to a local POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT ONLY obedience trainer in your area to help you with the public access portion of your training program.
If you want to “certify” your dog, you will be required to go through the entire program and either pay for us to come to your location or for you to come to our location in order to demonstrate your dogs alerting ability and pass the Assistance Dogs International Public Access Test.
BUT… in all honesty, “certification” is not required in order for your dog to be a service dog under federal law. All that is required is that your dog be trained to mitigate the symptoms of your disability.