Who do we work with?
Hypo Hounds is an owner-based training programme. We help dog owners with Type 1 diabetes who have little or no hypo-awareness. Clients must have been diagnosed for over one year and must also have a clinical need for a dog to be trained for them. Sadly at this time we are only able to offer our services to Diabetics and do not cover any other health conditions. Priority is given to those who have had hospitalisation due to their Diabetes. We will require a minimum of 3 months BG readings and your last 3 HBA1c readings as well as medical forms that will need to be completed by your Diabetic Consultant.
Is there an age limit?
We will work with people of all ages but recommend that children taking part in our training programme are at least five years old. Their dogs will be trained to not only alert the child but also their parents and carers.
How are the dogs selected?
We work with a variety of dog breeds and believe that some dogs have the correct temperament and potential to become a diabetic alert assistance dog with us but not all. We are often asked what breeds we would recommend by potential clients wanting a dog trained for them – we recommend Labradors and Spaniels.
We ONLY accept dogs who have completed a Kennel Club Good Citizenship Award Scheme to GOLD or ADBT course to platinum level. Dogs must attain Gold Kennel Club standard or ADPT Platinum before their fourth birthday. All Dogs must be neutered or spayed. Please note that this does NOT Guarantee the suitability of your dog on this programme and all dogs must pass a public access exam as well as other assessments before being accepted.
HYPO HOUNDS DOES NOT PROVIDE DOGS – YOU CANNOT BUY A TRAINED DOG FROM US
Who are the trainers?
Hypo Hounds trainers are some of the UK’s leading Home Office approved scent trainers. They have all had extensive experience of dog scent training at the highest level and are all DBS-checked. This is unique to us.
What does the training involve?
Assistance dog training takes hard work, commitment and requires extensive record keeping. Owners will need to test their bloods more frequently since this is a vital part of their dogs’ training.
Where does the training take place?
The best place for the scent training is in the owner’s home environment during office hours of 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday. Our trainers visit dog owners and their pets at home and the training is tailored to their individual needs. The owner’s welfare and the welfare of their dog always comes first. Please contact us to see if we have trainers available in your area.
For clients outside of our area we are soon holding Scent detection workshops in Kent so that you can access our services. Watch this space!
Do your dogs have access to shops?
Hypo Hounds dogs are trained to exceed IAADP Standards – Our dogs have full public access rights into public places such as shops, hospitals and cafes when fully qualified. Hypo Hounds are proud to be mentioned and endorsed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission as a service provider of Assistance Dogs.
More useful information regarding this can be found at www.equalityhumanrights.com
How much will this cost me?
Hypo Hounds relies on public donations and sponsorship. Your dogs training would be funded by the fundraising of another client, clients are therefore expected to fundraise to help the next person.
There is an annual fee of £50.00 upon being accepted onto the Hypo Hounds programme which goes towards admin and clerical fee’s.
If accepted onto the programme a specialist lead and sash can be purchased for £20.00
Hypo Hounds in training jackets can only be purchased when the dog has passed the relevant assessments and achieved Gold Kennel Club for £30.00
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If you have seen us on This Time Next Year and have a dog that meets our criteria please contact us for an application form. Please be mindful that it may take several days for us to reply to you.