Former nurse trains dogs to detect low blood sugar

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Former nurse trains dogs to detect low blood sugar

Cherie Hughes started training dogs 50 years ago
Cherie Hughes demonstrates how she has taught her dog, Lacy, a 7-year-old St. Bernard, to detect low blood sugar by scent. Lacy is sniffing out an ammonia patch hidden in Hughes’ sweater. She is also detecting any similar scents on Hughes’ breath. Right, Buddy, a mixed-breed dog with Dachshund and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parentage, looks on.
Cherie Hughes demonstrates how she is teaching her dog, Lacy, a 7-year-old St. Bernard, how to “read” by associating written commands with actions.
Cherie Hughes, 75, demonstrates how she taught Lacy, a 7-year-old St. Bernard, to detect low blood sugar. Lacy is Hughes’ 10th St. Bernard. “If you don’t have them trained before they weigh more than you, you are in trouble, big trouble,” she said.
Cherie Hughes’ husband, John Hughes, has anxiety stemming from his Parkinson’s disease. Buddy, a 4-year-old mixed-breed dog with Dachshund and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parentage, close by calms him. Buddy is also being trained to sense low blood sugar levels.

Former nurse trains dogs to detect low blood sugar

Cherie Hughes demonstrates how she has taught her dog, Lacy, a 7-year-old St. Bernard, to detect low blood sugar by scent. Lacy is sniffing out an ammonia patch hidden in Hughes’ sweater. She is also detecting any similar scents on Hughes’ breath. Right, Buddy, a mixed-breed dog with Dachshund and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parentage, looks on.
Cherie Hughes demonstrates how she is teaching her dog, Lacy, a 7-year-old St. Bernard, how to “read” by associating written commands with actions.
Cherie Hughes, 75, demonstrates how she taught Lacy, a 7-year-old St. Bernard, to detect low blood sugar. Lacy is Hughes’ 10th St. Bernard. “If you don’t have them trained before they weigh more than you, you are in trouble, big trouble,” she said.
Cherie Hughes’ husband, John Hughes, has anxiety stemming from his Parkinson’s disease. Buddy, a 4-year-old mixed-breed dog with Dachshund and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parentage, close by calms him. Buddy is also being trained to sense low blood sugar levels.
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