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Seizure or Warning Dogs

What do Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Prize, Dostoevsky and Van Gogh all have in common? They all suffered from epileptic seizures (Source). There are many various forms of epilepsy. Often the person affected can lead a normal life- if there wasn’t the constant worrying of being surprised by an epileptic seizure. Protecting a person in a crisis, providing help, and calming down the victim is the standard programme for a seizure alert dog.

Some dogs can recognise an oncoming seizure and sense their approach 15-30 minutes before they occur. This helps to avoid dangerous situations, like having a seizure amongst traffic or on stairs, or in other unsafe surroundings.

Unfortunately, this behaviour from the dogs is still not understood enough to be able to teach it to them. Even today we still don’t know how warning dogs predict an upcoming crisis. It is, therefore, only possible to strengthen this skill in dogs who provide it on their own, or by hoping that a close relationship with their owner motivates the dog to report a seizure as soon as he spots it.

Scientific studies have suggested that female dogs display this behaviour more often than males, and that such behaviour is observed from 15% of all dogs. Whether the other 85% don’t perceive these health crises, or whether they simply don’t understand that it is important that their owner is made aware, is still unclear.

Seizure alert dog Kalle is a life saver as well as a best friend. 5 year old Nikolaj has an incurable illness. But since Kalle has been welcomed into the family, Nikolaj’s life has dramatically improved. Here is a report about a dog’s almost unnatural talent.

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English- This assistance dog team have found themselves. It is difficult to say who is the more lucky one, the child or the dog.

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“Christine’s recurring and sudden epileptic seizures don’t occur as frequently since his assistance dog ‘Maybe’ recognises the signals for a seizure before it occurs. The dog Maybe is trained to give Christine her medication and to bark to wake her up. He brings the phone to her as soon as she is able enough to call for help.”

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English- Assistance dogs don’t just give warning for epilepsy: this young woman suffers from fainting fits. The assistance dog warns her and protects her from falls and therefore concussion, which happened almost daily before his help.

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English- Assistance dog Mack, like so many assistance dogs, takes on tasks in many different areas. He is a mobility and a wheelchair assistance dog. At the same, he warns his owner before a seizure, protects, and calms her.

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English- Kindergarten pupil, Leo, had repeated brain aneurysms. Leo’s assistance dog, Henry, can give warning before it occurs. This helps to prevent additional dangers for Leo. Henry is also Leo’s best friend.

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English- Giving a warning about a seizure is a natural talent of some dogs.But a tight relationship with their owner has an important role to play. Although the dog in this episode isn’t an ‘official’ assistant dog, she has just as much commitment and love in the matter.

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English- This white sheep dog has learnt the way to warn his owner not to use the stairs when he can sense an oncoming seizure.

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