Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news, Medical Detection Dogs

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A busy year for Moby, the medical detection dog

Moby is the dog sponsored by Accu-Chek

to be trained by Medical Detection Dogs

in order to become a partner to a person

with diabetes who has extra needs, such

as having no hypo awareness.

Claire Pesterfield who has Type 1

diabetes and has her own hypo dog,

called Magic, is also a registerd diabetes

nurse and works with Medical Detection

Dogs, a charity based in Milton Keynes,

to help match trained dogs with the right

partners.

Pesterfield told us how Moby's

training has been going over the last six

months since we interviewed her in a 'My

Diabetes Kit' story for this magazine. She

told us, "Moby has been out and about

as she continues her assistance dog

apprenticeship, travelling as far afield as

London, Bournemouth, Coventry and

Leicester."

While most year-old doggies are

learning to catch balls in the garden

Moby is learning the art of being a Medical

Detection Dog and has so far mastered

superb behaviour while out shopping,

visiting cafés and riding on public

transport with her trainer.

"Moby has all the basic behaviours

well-rehearsed," says Pesterfield, "and

is now moving on to some of the more

advanced training, such as retrieving to

hand, off lead control and recall away from

distraction. Now we are now particularly

focusing on Moby's motivation as this is

where additional work is required, she

has never been a particularly foodie dog!

She is now nearing final stages of her

public access training and is joining the

socialisers with all their daily activities,

whether that's a walk in a country park,

the cinema, theatre or a restaurant. Moby

very much enjoyed her recent trip to

Bournemouth where she played on the

beach using her new-found confidence

with water, dashing in out of the sea

fetching her ball."

At this stage of her training, Moby

is being assessed to determine what

age and lifestyle of client would be most

suitable to match her with.

We'll follow up with another update in

a few month's time.

Moby's training is being sponsored by

Accu-Chek Mobile.

Moby as a very young puppy (below), and at about six months

(top right) and Claire Pesterfield with her dog Magic (right).

www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

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