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Service Dog

Dog giving a high five

What is a Seizure Service Dog?

Service dogs are a key component for someone who has a disability or health condition. They are able to watch over, and bring peace of mind to someone who has the fear of not having their own independence. A service dog are trained to be first on hand in an emergency if someone else is not around, and let's not forget that they bring joy and love to anyone!

There are different types of seizure dogs depending on the skill set they either have or acquire through training. Seizure-alert dogs can inform or warn their human a seizure is coming on, and a seizure-response dogs help during and after a seizure. A day in the life of an epileptic is not a typical day, it comes with questioning and fear of when the next seizure will come at any moment. Having a seizure service dog takes that burden away to enjoy your life and reduce stress

How Are They Trained?

  • Seizure alert dogs will go through six months- two years of training

  • They can detect epileptic seizures up to a few seconds-45 minutes before they occur

  • Seizure alert dogs tested for an innate ability to detect an oncoming seizure by sensing an odor or smell

  • If the dog has the innate ability to detect seizure activity, they’re encouraged through positive reinforcement to alert their human.

What Are Service Dog Behaviors?

  • Close eye contact

  • Pawing

  • Circling or pacing

  • Licking

  • Acting restlessly

How Can They Assist Someone During A Seizure?

  • Lie next to someone who is having a seizure to prevent injury

  • Put their body between the seizing individual and the floor to break the fall at the start of a seizure

  • Displaying alert behaviors before a seizure occurs

  • Alerting a caretaker, family member or emergency response system

  • Fetching a phone, activate some kind of pre-programmed device

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