Kettering, OH, January 06, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Corbin, a 4-year-old boy in Kettering, Ohio, received a very special delivery today of his very own Diabetic Alert Service Dog from Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers. Based in Madison, Virginia, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, or “SDWR,” has a mission to provide specially-bred and trained dogs for people of all ages that struggle with living with invisible disabilities such as Autism, PTSD, Seizure Disorders, or in the case of Corbin - Type 1 Diabetes. SDWR has hundreds of working service dogs working around the globe and is currently serving approximately 1,000 families.
Brynna, a labrador retriever Diabetic Alert Dog, has already received countless hours of training through SDWR’s service dog raiser program where volunteers raise puppies in training for approximately one year. The dogs and raisers must follow through the foundation and skill set training provided through SDWR trainers at the facility in Virginia.
Not only does Corbin have diabetes, but his dad, Buddy, and his sister, Adriana, age 7, are also diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Corbin’s brother Connor, age 11, is also affected by Type 1 because he helps check blood sugars, give insulin, monitor their highs and lows when playing with them and babysitting. Their mom, Abby, is constantly on alert and checking someone’s blood sugar at all times even during the night. Abby wakes during the night to check sugars because Corbin and Adriana will not wake up if their blood sugar is high or low. Buddy, Corbin, and Adriana wear Continuous Glucose Monitoring systems and Corbin and Adriana wear insulin pumps.
Corbin’s family foresees Brynna as being part of his family and working with them to minimize the disability of not recognizing high and low blood sugars. Corbin’s family is are hopeful that with the addition of a service dog it will help make their lives a little easier and provide a sense of independence and security.
SDWR uses a proprietary scent training method to teach Diabetic Alert Dogs to detect fluctuations in blood sugar that fall outside of a handler’s healthy range. Since Brynna is a service dog and covered under laws in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, he will be able to accompany Corbin and his family everywhere - from doctor’s appointments, to the park, even to their family cabin in Michigan on vacation.
During the upcoming 18 months, SDWR will return to Corbin’s home every 3-4 months to continue working on Brynna’s customized training, follow up training and training the human to make a successful team and public access certification. This certification can only be given to Corbin after a progression of hard work and dedication to the SDWR training program. This training program is what sets SDWR apart from other nonprofit service dog organizations.
Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is a nonprofit organization based in Madison, Virginia, and relies on donations to help the organization in its mission, “Until there’s a cure…there’s a dog.” To make a donation or learn more about SDWR, please visit the website, www.sdwr.org. To learn more about Diabetic Alert Service Dogs visit www.sdwr.org/service-dogs/diabetic-alert/.