Hi MP,
Sounds like you actually train low dogs. That's cool. And since my own daughter has been diabetic since the age of two (she turns 30 this week), believe me, I understand their value while you (if you are an adult diabetic) or your child is sleeping. Dealing with diabetes on a daily level was my life, not my profession. And in many ways, a never-ending heartache.

But I still believe that "low-dogs" in food establishments are pushing the envelope. Bring a meter and sugar with you.
That is how the vast majority of diabetics do it, and my own daughter was one of the brittle diabetics, so her sugars would go up in factors of ten: 30 - 300, and that was with a Mom who hovered and checked multiple times a day!

When you are an adult having a profound low, not only are you "out of it" but oftentimes combative, too. I fail to see how tiny lap dogs used as theoretical low dogs, can make a difference here. By barking? At least a large dog can actually physically support a person, or carry a sugar source, or something. Again, I am referring to adults who are conscious and active and in food establishments. Why should public health be put at risk in those cases? Diabetics now have many, many tools at their disposal.

And any service dog must have public manners and provide an actual service. I just don't believe that all of the folks claiming low dogs actually have trained low dogs. This is the climate that "cheaters" have fostered, and I am personally hard-wired for diabetic empathy!

Babies and children and even adults at night having profound lows? Low dogs are a godsend.

As to your low dog training ... is it really the "scent" of low glucose or the smell of adrenaline that you train a dog to target, and how do you know which it is? And which breeds do you prefer to train? Common sense would say a larger breed, but you tell me.

So do not misunderstand me: I well understand the benefit of low dogs when one cannot monitor oneself or one's child at night. But adults out and about in their daily lives? Think about how the rest of society feels. No one, not even a diabetic, lives in a vacuum. We should not have to be subjected to your ill trained dog, or your dog at all, if viable alternatives exist.

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