So you are considering a Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD) but don’t know where to start? Here are some relevant posts that I have written to help you get started on your journey in one easy place to find them. I have also included a link to a great site that will help you find a trainer/organization in your area.


Thinking About Getting A Service Dog? My Advice To You

Things To Know Before Choosing An Organization

Should You Get A Puppy, Started, Or Finished Dog?

Night Alerts, The Holy Grail

How Do They Raise Their Puppies?

What Your DAD Organization SHOULD Tell You

Red Flag Warnings To Watch Out For

Looking for an organization, a trainer close to you, or answers to FAQ’s? Go here:

The organization that we got Major and Raven through is Canine Hope For Diabetics, we can’t say enough great things about them


  1. I just want to say thank you for this information. It sure is a lot to think about. I still feel that with everything you speak about, a DAD is a good option for my son and our family. I do have a question for you. Can you better explain the point about a current pet not being allowed to interact with the DAD. Would I need to get rid of my current pet or just keeping them completely separate? They can’t play together at all or can they interact under supervision???

    • Frank Wisneski

      We have always had pet dogs. However some organizations won’t place a SD with a family that has pets, please check with that organization. The SD will absolutely need to be supervised, their day is much different from the pet, and will create more work from you, requiring you to be very diligent with their training

  2. Wendy Champion

    Can you give me a price range on what it would cost to buy a trained dog? Just need to know if it is a
    financial possibility for us. Thank-You!

    • Frank Wisneski

      I have seen them run anywhere from $7500 to $30,000, depending on what organization you choose. Most everyone that gets a service dog has offset the cost by fundraising and crowd funding in some way.

  3. I know how service dog works for a blind person or a person with epilepsy. But how does it work for diabetes?

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