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. Please review the eligibility criteria and the application process. In January 2014, D4D revised its application process and requires that all applicants attend PAWS (Pre-Application Workshop) prior to submitting an application. All application materials will be provided to prospective applicants after the PAWS workshop.
Dogs for Diabetics (D4D) trains medical assistance dogs to alert insulin-dependent diabetics to impending low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia). The client is required to attend 130 hours of instructional classes which currently are covered in 18 training days. The 18 days of training classes are held on weekends per a defined schedule over a training period that can extend up to 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 support group training session, as well as participate in an annual re-certification class to maintain their medical assistance dog status.
Go to our Events Calendar to find the next PAWS workshop that will fit into your schedule. We currently hold PAWS 4 times per year in January, April, July and October.
In order for your application to be accepted, you must meet all of the following basic criteria:
- The applicant must have attended PAWS (Pre-Application Work Shop).
- The applicant must be a non-smoker and live in a smoke-free environment.
- The applicant must be insulin-dependent for a minimum of 12 months prior to submitting their application.
- The applicant must be 12 years old prior to being placed with a dog. Applicants 11 years old are able to attend PAWS and submit an application to attend our training classes. All minors (under 18) must have a parent attend training classes with them.
- The applicant must live within a 3 hour drive of D4D’s Nylabone Training Center, in Concord, CA.
- The application must be completed by the diabetic. Applications are not accepted from second-parties: parents, spouse, siblings, etc.
- 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 an Application.
Summary of Application Process
The following summarizes the processes that are used to select candidates to participate in our program:
- The prospective applicant must attend PAWS (Pre-Application Work Shop), and then request a full Application form. If the client is a minor, a parent must attend PAWS with the minor.
- The applicant must complete and submit a signed Application, with the required references and 3 months of downloaded blood sugar logs.
- The application will be reviewed and the applicant will be invited to a day long training workshop and personal interview, at the D4D Nylabone Training Center, with the D4D Application Review Committee.
- Final Client selection will be made by the D4D Applications Review Committee within 2 weeks of the interview. The attached memo describes the “Criteria for Selection” that will used by Applications Review Committee for selecting participants.
- After the applicant has been accepted as a prospective client, a Home Inspection Visit will be scheduled to assess the suitability of the prospective home environment for the dog.
- The prospective client will be provided a list of training dates for the upcoming training classes. A client will be asked to commit to attending all the scheduled class dates for the training period offered. If they are unable to commit to those dates, a subsequent training class may offered to the prospective client.
Currently prospective clients are being offered classes within the current or upcoming year. We are scheduling our client training classes based on the flow of dogs through our training program and the number of trained clients awaiting dog placement. If you attend a PAWS workshop, submit a complete application and participate in the personal interview and training day, we will be able to provide you with specific dates for the class which you may be invited to participate.