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Old 06-22-2012, 10:07 AM   #31 (permalink)
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That is not nationwide. Pups can be sold here whenever
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:05 PM   #32 (permalink)
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7 weeks old? I really doubt it, what is really bothering me is idealy a pup should not leave its parents until 8 weeks. Soethis serously seems off. I dont believe this at all
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:06 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Im with everyone on being to young to be trained for that,
But even for an adult well trained "alert" dog, could they really track 1/2 mile away? What if there was another diabetic in the area, would it get mixed up? I know dogs sense of smell is quite strong but I just have a hard time seeing any dog be able to alert a drop on blood sugar from a half mile away with other people around and buildings, cars, etc.
Is this possible for any dog?
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Im with everyone on being to young to be trained for that,
But even for an adult well trained "alert" dog, could they really track 1/2 mile away? What if there was another diabetic in the area, would it get mixed up? I know dogs sense of smell is quite strong but I just have a hard time seeing any dog be able to alert a drop on blood sugar from a half mile away with other people around and buildings, cars, etc.
Is this possible for any dog?
Ah thats a big ole negative there good buddy.
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:13 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I know some dogs have a 'natural' alert, they may alert to low blood sugar without being trained in which case I suppose it could be possible for a puppy to have a 'natural' alert. A trained alert? Doubtful and if so I doubt if it could be trained to a high level at that young age as to be reliable.
Regardless, IMO a 7 week old puppy is in no way a service dog. Not even a service dog in training. A future service dog candidate, maybe, but at that young age there's no way to even know if this puppy would be fit to be a service dog when he grows up, let alone for it to be actually already trained as one.
I have to wonder how much training a 7 week old puppy could have actually received-- how long could they possibly have been training him for when the puppy is that young?? Also makes you wonder how early they took him away from his litter.

Hopefully the reporter just got it wrong, and the service dog trainer actually meant that they will be training the puppy to be a service dog when he gets older, not that they think the puppy is already trained.
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