Kiwanis is a child oriented Service Club, so we focus on Children, 6 to 12 Years old with severe allergies or Type 1 Diabetes
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Two years. The dog will likely be alerting for the child in one year, or less, especially for diabetes. However, dogs do not mature emotionally until they are two years old. So, public access skills are taught until they mature.
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To minimize travel time & costs to bi-monthly training classes, we recommend that only families living within 30 miles of Boulder, CO join our Academy.
Yes. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 require that schools accommodate students with service dogs.
Initial training in the Academy is focused on hypoglycemic detection. However, bonded dogs often spontaneously alert to hyperglycemia as well
Attend classes to learn how to train the puppy to be an alert dog for their child. See information packets. Stay faithful to at-home protocols so that proper bonding and behavior develops
The Club pays for the dog, dog food and basic Veterinarian costs. The participant pays for dog toys, kennel, leash, collar, and special vet services up to $500. Typical family cost for the 2 year program is less than $1,000.
They provide an alert to the child, or parent, when detecting dangerous allergens or hypoglycemia. They locate misplaced medicinal pouches They bark for help if the child is in distress They provide constant protection and companionship.
We try to customize to the family's desires (nudge, speak, stare, et.). Sit and "woof" is popular.
Proceed with caution! A close emotional bond with the child is critical to reliable bonding. Starting with a puppy helps .
Upon receiving the "seek" command, they search the immediate area and alert if they sense even minute fragments of the allergen .
Unfortunately, yes. We generally choose Golden Retrievers because of their intelligence and temperament with children. Put your black clothes in the closet for a few years. ☺
It is our hope to see this project started in many cities throughout the country. This process is just starting, so be patient and visit our "Expanding" Page periodically for updates.
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Actually, upon completing the program (usually about years) we do hold a graduation "ceremony" for the dogs and their families.