Interested in owning a Diabetic Alert Dog?

Learn more about our amazing dogs!

How much does a DAD dog cost?

  • Diabetic alert dogs cost on national average 15k-30k. Price points vary per dog based off of the needs and training levels required for each dog)
  • Our dads come with travel and transfer process, supplies, other benefits and our selections on the dogs

What breed of dogs do you train to become Medical-Alert Service Dogs?

We train British Labradors. We import, breed, and train British Labradors because they are bred for temperament, workability, drive, biddability, and have a natural off-switch, making them the ideal service dog.

What is your experience training service dogs that assist Type 1 Diabetics?

Our training of dogs begins at their birth, and we have trusted partners and scientific processes in place to ensure that our trained dogs perform accurately and reliably in their life-saving partnerships.

Can I take my D.A.D. dog to work or school?

This is decided on a case-by-case basis. It's best to get clarity from administrators or management.

What are Medial-Alert Service Dogs and their special rights?

Medical-Alert Service Dogs support their handler's condition or disability. Diabetic alert dogs are scent-trained to identify changes in blood sugar to support our clients in managing their Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).

These dogs and their handlers have public access rights under three major laws: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Fair Housing Act, and The Air Carrier Access Act.

What's the difference between a Medical-Alert Service Dog and a Diabetes Buddy Dog?

First off, the similarity- both dogs all are scent-trained to detect changes in your blood sugar, both high and low.

So, the difference? Little research has been done on the effectiveness of Diabetes Buddy Dogs. For people with Diabetes who take insulin, the risk of losing consciousness from low blood sugar is a constant fear. Our Diabetic Alert Dogs have met our standard of 80% accuracy.

Our Medical-Alert Service Dogs have full public access under ADA, while our Diabetes Buddy Dogs do not have public access and work mainly in your homes and wherever pets are allowed.

What are D.A.D. trained to do?

Our Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to...
1. Alert to hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia (high and low blood sugar levels)
2. Awareness of the disability
3. Boost morale

I'm interested. What's next?

Free consultation

If you are interested in making one of our diabetic service dogs a part of your family, give us a call or send a message to set up a free 30 - 60-minute consultation. We'll discuss your needs, timelines, and cost.

Time of delivery

Time of delivery ranges from 6 - 18 months from purchase. We deliver your new family member in person and transition the home for 2 - 3 days while they get accustomed to their new forever home and family.

Payment & cost

We require a down payment to get the process started. From there we can set up monthly payments through time of delivery.

Can your experts re-train my dog?

Unfortunately, no, we do not re-train dogs. It breaks our hearts to hear from people who have paid for a fraudulent service dog who has not been formally and properly trained to assist you with your diabetes management. But, we must stick to our own high standards for our dogs, who are carefully selected and placed with a client after comprehensive training.

CedarOak Kennels would like nothing more than to see an end to fraudulent service dogs. To help those looking for a Medical-Alert Service Dog, Dogs 4 Diabetics has compiled a list of questions based on our standards and ethics that you can ask a prospective trainer or organization.

How much does a Diabetic Alert Dog Cost?

The investment of a D.A.D starts at $18,500 which includes British Labrador, scent training, introduction to public access ie. Grocery store, super store, small get togethers. However, most of our clients opt for additional training. Our average Diabetic Alert Dog sells for $24-$26k though that has ranged north of $35k. Contributing factors are age of handler, still in school, hobbies, career, and other daily habits that a Service Dog may encounter.
Additionally we can train a dog to

  • Tattle tail
  • Fetch needed items ie. Juice box, candy bar, cell phone.
  • Use emergency contact button
  • And many more things the sky is the limit.

Read: Questions to ask prospective trainers or organizations