Seizure response dog

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A seizure response dog is a dog with a special training. The jobs of such a dog include:[1]

  • Getting help, by telling someone, or by using a pre-programmed phone, or similar device.
  • Stopping injuries, either by pulling unsafe things away, or by blocking people who try to walk into obstacles and onto streets
  • Waking the (unconscious) owner during or after a seizure

Certain kinds of dogs are able to notice epileptic seizures. Usually, people say that this behaviour arises spontaneously, or over some time. There have been some studies where dogs were trained to alert seizures by using reward-based training – with partial success.[2][3] Some untrained dogs may help their owners, but there are also reports of dogs that have reacted aggressively or even died as a result of witnessing or anticipating their owner's seizure.[4]

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Questions and Answers About Seizure Dogs". Epilepsy Foundation. 2002-08-19. http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/epilepsyusa/seizuredogs.cfm. Retrieved 2006-05-30.
  2. "All About Seizure Dogs". Epilepsy Foundation. 2001-12-01. http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/epilepsyusa/aboutseizuredogs.cfm. Retrieved 2006-05-30.
  3. Strong V, Brown S, Walker R (1999). "Seizure-alert dogs--fact or fiction?". Seizure 8 (1): 62–5. doi:10.1053/seiz.1998.0250. PMID 10091851.
  4. Strong V, Brown S (2000). "Should people with epilepsy have untrained dogs as pets?". Seizure 9 (6): 427–30. doi:10.1053/seiz.2000.0429. PMID 10986001.