Eligibility & Application Process

How to Apply

In this section you’ll find the information you need to determine if you are qualified to apply for a D4D dog, as well as the forms you need to submit an initial online application. Please review the eligibility criteria and the application process before filling out the short online form.  In January 2014, D4D revised its application process and requires that all applicants attend PAWS (Pre-Application Workshop) prior to submitting the online Short Application.


A boy daydreaming with his dogDogs for Diabetics (D4D) trains medical assistance dogs to alert insulin-dependent diabetics to impending low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia).  The client is required to attend and pass approximately 130 hours of instructional classes.  Training classes are held on weekends per a defined schedule over a training period that can extend for 3  months.  Dogs will be placed as they are matched with individual clients during the training class or after its completion.  Placement with a dog may wait until an appropriate dog is matched with the individual.   Thereafter, the team must periodically attend a regional support group, as well as participate in an annual re-certification class to maintain their medical assistance dog status.

As a volunteer based organization, we look to our clients to remain involved with D4D in order to continue providing medical assistance dogs to other diabetics.

It takes time, energy and a strong commitment to succeed in our program.  Currently, the waiting period for a attending our training classes exceeds one year.  D4D is committed to provide periodic information on the status of its applications and applicants waiting for acceptance into our training program.  The attached Status Report will give you current information on applications in process.

Eligibility Criteria

In order for your short application to be accepted, you must meet all of the following basic criteria:

  1. The applicant must have attended PAWS and at least one other D4D event prior to submitting the online application.
  2. The applicant must be a non-smoker and live in a smoke-free environment.
  3. The applicant must be insulin-dependent for a minimum of 12 months prior to submitting the online, short application.
  4. The applicant must be at least 12 years old on the day the online short application is completed.
  5. The applicant must live within a 3 hour drive of D4D’s Nylabone Training Center, in Concord, CA.
  6. The application must be completed by the diabetic.  Applications are not accepted from second-parties: parents, spouse,  siblings, etc.
  7. The applicant must have access to a computer for submittal of weekly activity and glucose records.

If you meet these criteria, you are eligible to complete the online Short Application.

Summary of Application Process

The following summarizes the processes that are used to select candidates to participate in our program:

  1. Submit Online Short Application, which is then reviewed by D4D’s Applications Examiner, who will determine if the basic Criteria is met.
  2. A Long Application, with additional required paperwork will need to be completed, signed and returned.
  3. The applicant will be invited for a personal interview and day long training workshop,  at the D4D Nylabone Training Center, with the D4D Application Review Committee.
  4. A Home Inspection Visit will be scheduled to assess the suitability of the prospective home environment for the dog.
  5. Final Client selection will be made by the D4D Applications Review Committee.  The attached memo describes the “Criteria for Selection” that will used by Applications Review Committee for selecting participants.

If you have attended PAWS, you may submit the Online Application Form.  If you have not attended a PAWS presentation your online application will not be accepted.

After  your Online Application Form has been reviewed and approved,  Password access to Controlled Access Application Documents will be provided to allow you to continue the application process.