Dogs to alert for peanut - The Diana Project
Dogs to Alert Owners to Peanuts
The Diana Project: This is an experimental project to train dogs to detect peanuts and alert the handler. If you have a dog, you can use your own dog to participate in the project if your dog tests as being suitable. If you do not have a dog, we have one Giant Schnoodle of Joy puppy left who has tested as a great sniffer dog and service dog. Service dogs in the USA can go anywhere the public can go. They can go on buses, planes, restaurants, hospitals etc. They can always be with their handler. We are hoping to develop this project to keep kids & adults safe and give them some independence. So far we have a prominent San Diego Allergist and his wife who does cancer detection with dogs who are interested in considering the project. We plan to have trainers around the country who will follow our protocol and help you train your dog to protect you and your children.
Hello everyone, I am Joy de la Ren, I am the originator of the Diana Project and the originator of the breed of dog Giant Schnoodles of Joy and. This is a hybrid standard poodle and giant schnauzer. They have been found to be very allergy friendly to most allergy sufferers. They are bred for service and are extremely trainable and loyal.
The Diana Project came about from one of my puppy parents.
Here is Martha s story:
We had two children in the seventies, Frank and Diana. Frank is living in Tennessee. Diana died in 1991 of anaphylactic shock after inadvertently eating peanuts. The candy was mislabeled. Diana was 15, our beautiful golden girl, my best friend in all the world. The shock of losing her nearly killed all of us. It was over two years later that it occurred to me that I might live after all. Eventually God grew tired of me feeling sorry for myself. That is the only explanation I have for the fact that in late '94 I found myself pregnant, and July 25, 1995 gave birth to healthy twins at age 50! Grant and Elizabeth are the best thing that could have happened to us.
When my twins were ready for kindergarten I discovered that the only way to keep them both safe was to homeschool them. They are both allergic to peanuts as well, and the people at school just were not going to take that seriously. The kids are 10, in fifth grade, and both testing several years above their grade level. I do not know how long we will homeschool, but so far it has been good. We do most of our work in the dining room, right next to the foyer where our puppy will be, so our newest family member will be right next to us all day.
We are all so excited about the puppy. I have the veterinarian all lined up, first appointment on the 22nd. We have the crate, a bed, and toys, a couple of leashes, a collar. I will try not to buy out Petsmart.
Our best to you and all the furry friends. Martha
With the help of the protocols of specialists, I have been doing extensive testing to find the right dog that can be trained to sniff traces of peanuts in food. We found 2 dogs in this litter who were suitable for service sniffer dogs. One went to Martha & one I still have. During my process of finding & testing the perfect dog to keep Martha s kids safe, some world-renowned people have become interested and are looking at studying the viability of training dogs for this purpose. I can t give their names yet, but a well known allergist is suggesting we bring in a bio chemist and we will be looking for funding to study the viability of this project which will be named the Diana Project after Martha s daughter. They have set up new protocols for testing and while they have been exhausting me, I have learned so much and the prospect is exciting. We hope to save lives & give kids freedom to go places without their parents having to be with them to keep them safe. Although I always temperament test my puppies, this is the most extensive testing I ve ever done on my puppies. It is amazing what you can tell at this young age. Puppies were born July 1 2005. Also, I believe in early training. My puppies are All potty trained by 6 weeks.. They are trained: no bites give kisses.
If you are interested in participating in the Diana project please contact Joy [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email] .
Picture: Zoe Amore
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