How we work

Who do we work with?

Hypo Hounds is an owner-based training programme. We help dog owners with brittle 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. Priority is given to those who have had to have ambulance call outs or hospitalisation due to their Diabetes. We do not provide dogs to clients and we do not charge for our services.

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. All dogs must be under three years old and should be neutered or spayed.

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 – Hypo Hounds recommends Labradors and Spaniels. We accept dogs who have completed a Kennel Club Good Citizenship Award Scheme or ADBT course to platinum level. Dogs must attain Gold Kennel Club standard or ADPT Platinum before their third birthday. Please note that this does NOT Guarantee the suitability of your dog on this programme and all dogs must pass a public access exam before being accepted.

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. 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.

Do your dogs have access to shops?

Hypo Hounds is accredited by the IAADP and our 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.
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