1. Training Anaphylactic Allergy Alert Dog part 1 (Pairing the scent to the alert behavior) also MCS

1. Training Anaphylactic Allergy Alert Dog part 1 (Pairing the scent to the alert behavior) also MCS

Here is the very first step in training an anaphylactic allergy alert dog. The dog learns a that the scent is a new cue to trigger the alert behavior (of bow). Could also be used for scent detection for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. This is trained with Back chaining.
To save money in training, the handler can train their own dog with one safe smell or food etc, then generalize the dog to to other safe ones before having a clicker trainer train the exact same process on the anaphylactic triggers at an off-site location. They key is consistency between trainers’ approaches. Don’t forget the need to generalize each scent to all the different environments where the handler will be needing the dog: public meeting areas, work or school, restaurants and the like.

Do take care in choosing scents for training as some may be common in your environments and the dog will then give an alert when one is not really needed (as in my black tea example). The only place I run into tea is in the house so this is a perfect scent for me to train Lucy. If she does happen to alert to it in public (say someone has left a cup of tea on the ground in a cup), I’ll honor the alert, reward my dog and move out of alert range.

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  1. Karen Fujimori on December 13, 2019 at 10:01 am

    I am quite interested in this, as my DD14 was just diagnosed with a peanut allergy last year. We are hoping to get her a dog/puppy within the next year. Can you tell me best breeds and age? or does it matter? She wants a Staffordshire Pitbull female puppy. Thank you!

  2. Donna Hill on December 13, 2019 at 10:06 am

    You don’t day where you are, but if you do a internet search for service dogs or assistance dogs, you may find what you are looking for. All programs supply their own dogs so you may not have much choice in breed. We help people train their own dogs.

  3. Maria Schultz on December 13, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I have mcs, can u help me get a trained dog? It would have to be hairless or a hypoallergenic dog, like toy poodles they are more intelligent, or maltese. Thanks, marie. :’-(

  4. Donna Hill on December 13, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Apparently, Youtube does not allow links unless they are to another video. If you type in the base blog address it will get you there. Then click on archives 2009 to see the list of numbered posts.

  5. Minidancer on Tour on December 13, 2019 at 10:29 am

    SUPER .. but the link to the blog didn´t work

  6. balancedone on December 13, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Do you have a video on training a dog to block the allergic person from a person who may be contaminated?

  7. Minidancer on Tour on December 13, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Thanks .. got it

  8. MrVbdude on December 13, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Nice share! Thank you 😀 I had no idea how to train allergy alert dog before watching this video. Now I do! Keep it up! 🙂

  9. Mauricio Karren on December 13, 2019 at 10:47 am


  10. TheOneWithTheServiceDog on December 13, 2019 at 10:51 am

    These videos have been super helpful in training my service dog! I was just wondering how I would teach my dog to give me an “all clear” if my food is safe to eat

  11. Adipatus on December 13, 2019 at 10:54 am


  12. Rebecca Fouts on December 13, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I have a client who wants a glutton alert dog. I have yet to find anyone who knows what source to use for this as a target odor. I mean, glutton is in lots of things, but there are also lots of varieties. Suggestions?
    Would you want to make sure the dog’s food/treats are glutton free so that you are not giving the chance for the dog to smell odor and be rewarded w/o alerting? And because glutton is everywhere, how do you keep dog from getting overwhelmed? I have exp. training other odors.

  13. Endless Surprises on December 13, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Thank you for this! I have a natural migraine alert dog, and found out the hard way after a SD friend visied from out of town that she had guinea pigs. I am severely allergic and ended up at urgent care. This should help now that I take so much public transportation now. It only takes me touching dander then my face to need medical care.

  14. Harmony Bade on December 13, 2019 at 10:59 am

    This is extremely helpful since I’m allergic to literally everything. Thank you!

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