The very beginning

"I believe that every diabetic should get the support that they need to live a happy and healthy life. My goal through t1dogs is to give families with diabetic members additional support through a qualified diabetic alert dog. As a type 1 diabetic myself for 19 years, I fully understand the ups and downs of managing this chronic disease."



















"After training diabetic alert service dogs at a local non-profit, it became clear to me that there was a real need for families with diabetic children to have a safeguard against their child's rapidly changing blood glucose numbers. I wanted to give diabetics another option for receiving a diabetic alert dog by having their existing family pet trained to alert in the home instead of obtaining another dog into the family from another organization. Alex and I want to be a place that members of the diabetic community can come to and ask questions, as well as learn about how diabetic alert dogs can make a big difference!"

"Through Early Alert Canines, I have successfully trained 10 working certified diabetic alert service dogs. I also have several years experience working and rehabilitating shelter dogs, as well as with obedience and behavior modification. In the last several years, I have worked at Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation in the Behavior Department, and earned my AS Degree in Cynology (the study of dogs) from Bergin University of Canine Studies which is the only accredited university in the world dedicated to the study of dogs."

"Our passion at t1dogs is spreading the word about force-free training and how to tap into your dog’s natural potential without the use of harsh, aversive training methods. We both focus our diabetic alert dog training utilizing a combination of Positive Reinforcement and Negative Punishment. We strive to take every person’s goal into consideration in order to create the best possible training plan for each individual situation. Through rewards based training methods we encourage your dog to problem solve the answer in order to be rewarded. Diabetes may have prevented me from having a "normal" life according to society's standards, but one thing it has taught me is that with the help and support of family, friends, and technology, I can live a happy life. Diabetes does not have to hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest!"


  ~ Erica