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Offline responsiblek9

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Can Dogs Predict Seizures?
« on: July 20, 2017, 08:01:55 PM »
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/seizure-alert-dogs/
Can Dogs Predict Seizures?
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Re: Can Dogs Predict Seizures?
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2017, 08:21:46 PM »
I wasn't able to do a super thorough read of this but it seemed to be a well written article. I appreciate that the article touched on there not being conclusive evidence for the ability to train seizure alert. It's worrying to me that the dog becomes anxious from detecting the boy's seizures and requires time alone to calm down.
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Re: Can Dogs Predict Seizures?
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2017, 10:00:08 PM »
It's worrying to me that the dog becomes anxious from detecting the boy's seizures and requires time alone to calm down.

This isn't that uncommon. My previous service dog, Clive, needed resolution of a low or high blood sugar before he would relax. For him, resolution involved watching me eat or take insulin and sufficient time for my blood sugars to normalize, then get a treat when it was all said and done. Usually about 15 minutes or so. It's basically like decompressing after a stressful event.
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Re: Can Dogs Predict Seizures?
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2017, 10:07:52 PM »
None of my three seizure alert dogs exhibited stress over it.
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Re: Can Dogs Predict Seizures?
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2017, 10:12:55 PM »
None of my three seizure alert dogs exhibited stress over it.

It doesn't seem to bother my new SDiT either....
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Re: Can Dogs Predict Seizures?
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2017, 05:54:22 PM »
None of my three seizure alert dogs exhibited stress over it.

I have never had problem with that either. I wonder where the dog was trained, or if it was something the dog was naturally inclined to do and it never completed SD training.

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Re: Can Dogs Predict Seizures?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 06:16:35 PM »
Neutering too early can adversely affect outcome for a stable temperament (among other things). Dr. Serpell was aware of the unpublished study by CCI,  regarding this effect.