You never know when you're going to need help and no one is going to be around to offer it. If you have a dog and potentially serious medical emergencies, you can train your dog to dial 911 for you. This is a common training for service dogs who help their medically challenged owners when they help is necessary. Dogs who are trained for emergencies are not only their owner’s pets and companions but also lifesavers. Dog owners from elderly to diabetic owners and owners who have a history of seizures may have dogs trained to call 911 when their owner is in trouble. If you would like your dog to be trained to help save your life, teach him to dial 911 when you have an emergency.
Specialty service dogs may be trained to recognize when blood sugar levels are low or when a owner’s heart rhythm changes or when their owner’s breathing changes. Training your dog to call 911 could help if an owner stops breathing altogether. A service dog is specifically trained to serve their owner. Training your dog to call 911 can go above and beyond the full-service dog training or you can train your dog to dial 911 without him being a service dog. Teaching your dog to call 911 is fairly easy to do. However, teaching your dog when to call 911 will depend on your medical condition and how well your dog is trained in recognizing that condition. A dog over the age of one year is the best age to teach this responsibility. Because this is such an advanced training, be prepared to spend a lot of time teaching your dog how to save your life. Some service dogs take a year or more learning their job.
To get started, you will need a phone or device your dog can use reach that is programmed to dial Emergency Services. Some service animals will have a specific service phone while other owners used a base telephone with one button programmed to dial 911. While training your dog, you are going to want to offer him lots of tasty treats. Be patient and consistent and remember to keep the phone or device in the same area at all times, so your dog knows exactly where to go when it is time to call for help.