Thank you ILGHAUS for your response.
Quote: There are dogs trained to alert and help guide, or assist in some other manner, their handler away from high risk scents (chemicals). The alert to scent can be a task in addition to other needed tasks that are trained to the dog.
Do you happen to know who does this type of training? Ironically I work for the largest disability rights organization in the country. I have talked with many SD organizations around the country. The responses are very positive. While everyone thinks it is a wonderful idea in concept, no one knows of anyone who actually has a trained SD to detect scents.
I am working with a trainer to develop a training program, once we identify the dog to do this.
Quote:Well, this part is not really feasable as it is almost impossible to get near any group of people or enter any building without some type of added scent products.
But say you were highly allergic to say one or two ingredients used in some types of cleaner, your dog could alert you on entering a store if a cleaning product using that class of ingredients / type of chemical was being currently used or had been recently used in a time frame still of danger to you.
I react very specifically to scented products. I do quite well when I have another person with me to warn me that someone has scent on. Then I avoid that person or area. I want to be able to do this without having to always have another person with me when I am in the community. The trainer thinks with the right SD this is feasible. Before we go too far down this path, I would like to talk with people who have/are doing this.
Quote:This in itself is not always a reason nor a legal use of a SD but that can only be determined by the individual's disability and needs. A SD can then only be used in such ways as stepping between the handler and an oncoming person in an unthreatening manner. The dog may stand there much like a temp. wall. The dog may never bark, snarl, or in any way look or act like it will be a danger to someone.
This is exactly what I would like the SD to go. To redirect me away from the scent without reacting negatively to the person with the scent on. Much like what people currently do for me.
Quote:Many handlers find that using a SD brings on more unwanted attention and for some it is more then they can cope with.
This situation is exactly what I would like to avoid. Through my work, I know several people who have SDs, I am basing this on conversations I have had over the years with people about approaching their dogs while the dog is working.
Again, ILGHAUS I appreciate your comments very much. You have given me much to think about.
Are there trainers and/or people who use a SD for this purpose that you can refer me to?
A very grateful