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About the Author

Rita Martinez, CPDT-KA Over 30 years’ experience training dogs in obedience, hunting, search and rescue (tracking, air scent, human remains and water), Co-founder of two non-profit organizations involving specialized human remains detection dogs, Trainer/Owner of Clickin’ Canines, LLC. The business works with dog/handler teams incorporating hearing, assistance and medical alert dogs, Frequent speaker with trainer groups and other service dog organizations wishing to become proficient with the training of diabetic alert dogs for placement. Sue Barns, Ph.D. Service dog trainer for Assistance Dogs of the West (Santa Fe, NM), Diabetic Alert Dog program founder, Over 20 years’ experience training dogs for search and rescue (tracking, air scent and human remains), obedience, hunting, therapy, and assistance work. Training Director for obedience, hunting retriever, and search and rescue groups Instructor for public dog training classes, search and rescue seminars and assistance dog training classes for students and clients, Research scientist and assistant professor (Biology; retired).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Susan Barns; 1 edition (February 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988850818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988850811
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great resouce book about training a DAD (diabetic alert dog). This book is the best book on the market and the most detailed and it is spot on if you are training your own DAD. It's a good book for dog trainers specializing in training DADs. A big thank you to Rita and Sue for writing and getting this powerful book on the market while so many are trying to sell expensive and not-so-good material out there. This book is for real and will be a great asset to many of us who are training DADs or depend on DADs.
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We have actually been working with Rita to train our dog but the book has helped tremendously. It's like having Rita at our house! It has handy charts, lots of very useful information and photos showing exactly how to do things. I would say you still need to work with a trainer but as an adjunct to the professional training it is fantastic. Knowing that we have a dog at home to alert my husband (and she does) makes my life a lot less stressful. Now, if only someone can write a book on how to train them to talk...
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Before we bought this book and other materials, we started obedience training (at PetsMart with a fabulous trainer) with our small Miniature Poodle/Cocker Spaniel puppy at 3 months old. After completing all three levels of obedience training and passing the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, we progressed into public access training, which included hotels, busy malls, stores, buses, trains, & boats. Only then and after more than a year we started the scent training. My wife & I bought two books, "Training Your Diabetic Alert Dog" & "DOG Diabetic's Best Friend Training Guide" and one DVD " Diabetic Alert Dog Training" by CompanionTraining.com. Please keep in mind that we used these authors expertise by combining their training methods and developed our own customized training that worked for us to accomplish our goal.
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A lot of helpful information in this book, some good tips but the sequence of training some of the things did not make that much sense to me. There were no page numbers and no index which makes this less than useful when trying to find something, quality of the photos is very poor in many instances making it difficult to understand what you are suppose to see.
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I purchased this book, the one by Veronica Zimmerman, and the one by Shari Finger. Overall this book was well organized, clear and easy to follow. Between it and the book by Shari Finger, I was able to get the best amount of pertinent information to assist my trainer and I in training my DAD. It does use clicker training, which I am not using, however, I do not think that will be a hinderance in using the advice and guidance in the book, especially with the scent training.
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The best resource my family has located on the subject. My brother a professional trainer with experience training both bird-dogs and herding-dogs read it over-night and has already began the PROCESS to train the much need life saving companion. The links to other resource virtually make it an inter active encyclopedia. I would suggest including an ebook to allow direct linking to the outside websites.
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This is a very poor training guide for learning to train a Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD). There aren't even numbered pages on this book. The book is extremely short and lacks detail to help someone train their own Diabetic Alert Dog. It keeps directing the reader to go online to search for information and other resources or books you have to buy in order to learn more. No time was taken to provide it for you in the book.
I bought this book and others on Amazon and there are better books for Diabetic Alert Dog training on here. I suspect the great reviews are from the author's friends as I also see the first review was written by the same person who is writing bad reviews for all the other books and promoting this one.
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By Ms Lois on August 17, 2015
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While I have not had time to try the method they give to train a dog to alert(we are still gathering scents) the simple way they use to train looks like it should work. This book was easy to read and understand and we are looking forward to using this method with our lab mix.
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