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Gluten-Sniffing Pups Making a Difference for Celiac Patients

How does a dog become a gluten detecting dog?

Unlike service dogs for the blind or for other disorders, there are no national guidelines in place for training gluten detecting dogs yet. This means that anyone who wants to get a gluten detecting service dog must do their due diligence.  Here are a few things to look for in a service dog trainer:

  • Select a trainer that will let the celiac disease patient be a part of the training process. To set the dog up for success, it must be trained alongside the patient, this is after all a team effort between both the service dog and it’s owner.
  • Training should take at least 3 months to complete, so find a trainer that will provide a full timeline and training plan.