Epilepsy is a disorder that causes people to have seizures, which are sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can be very scary for some people and make it difficult to live an active life. But, there are dogs out there who can help people with epilepsy by warning them of an oncoming seizure or alerting others when they have one.
Dogs can be trained to help people with epilepsy, but there are different kinds of help.
A seizure dog is a trained animal that can detect when their person is having a seizure, allowing them to get help before the seizure occurs. The dogs can also perform other tasks, such as retrieving medicine or alerting people nearby that their loved one needs assistance.
Although there are many benefits of having a seizure dog by your side, it’s important to note that training these animals is a lot of work and takes time; but it also comes with great responsibility. It’s not for everyone, but if you have epilepsy and want to learn more about this kind of service animal training, read on!
A seizure alert dog is trained to help those with epilepsy by detecting an oncoming seizure and warning the person before it occurs.
A seizure alert dog is trained to help those with epilepsy by detecting an oncoming seizure and warning the person before it occurs. The dog can be trained to bark or do something else to warn the person, or stay with them during a seizure and then alert others that the person needs help. The training usually takes about two years, although some organizations are working on speeding up this process so that it can take just six months rather than two years.
A seizure response dog is trained to stay with the person during a seizure and then alert others that the person needs help.
Some organizations have programs where you can pay for your dog over time, but if you’re looking for a purebred pooch with papers on his pedigree who won’t be able to live indoors because he requires lots of exercise—a seizure response dog may not be right for you.
Besides being trained to respond when seizures occur, what else should I know about having a seizure response dog? How will it affect my daily life? What should I do if I have a seizure while at home alone? These are all great questions!
How can someone get a seizure dog?
You don’t have to be a professional dog trainer, handler or even owner to get a seizure dog. You just need to be willing to work with your animal, who will become trained by their handlers over time. Seizure dogs are typically provided by organizations like Canine Assistants and Paws With A Cause in partnership with local hospitals or other organizations that serve people with disabilities.
Seizure dogs are a great option for someone with epilepsy who would like to have some canine companionship. If you or someone you know suffers from frequent seizures and is interested in getting a seizure dog, it’s important to understand the different kinds of help they can provide.