Where to get a Sugar Dog candidate

Sugar Dogs International, Inc. does NOT provide you with a trained service dog.  We suggest that you apply with Florida Poodle Rescue online and rescue a dog, even if it’s not a Poodle.  Many breeds of dogs as well as mixed breeds may spontaneously alert. There are many reliable rescue groups; use the ‘net to search.  We support rescue over purchasing a dog and offer these cautions:

BE CAREFUL buying a dog off of the ‘net as some of these dogs may be stolen or they may take your money and never provide you with a dog.

Always take your dog to the vet immediately after taking possession of it whether you rescue it or buy it.  Schedule the vet appointment before you pick up the dog so that on your way home, you can take the dog to the vet.  Always ask that the dog be scanned for a micro-chip before being examined or vaccinated.  You don’t want to pay to vaccinate someone else’s dog!

If you want a puppy, below is a quick list of breeders with possible Poodle puppies.  These breeders know what we are looking for in a diabetic alert dog and/or medical alert dog.  We’ve had multiple clients tell us of four (4) month old puppies alerting coming out of the shipping crate to meet their new diabetic child, teenager and adult person at the airport.  Remember we request that the pup stay with its mother until it is four (4) months or 16 weeks old.  This gives the pup more confidence as it explores the world with you.

Our Breeders of Distinction are listed below:

DarlasRedStandardPoodles.com – 352-293-4549 – Standard Breeder of Distinction – Breeder of Samson, Tucker now known as Theo, Brew, Carmie, and Paula’s newest Sugar Dog Sophia of Brigadoon (call name “Sophie”).  Please note that NO FREE Poodles are available.

Ruby Red Standard Poodles.  Louie & Stormy Martucci  may be contacted at StormyMartucci@yahoo.com. Breeder of Distinction – Breeder of “Kalua, a diabetic alert service dog.”  Their breeding stock began with red standard Poodles from Darla’s Red Standard Poodles and are simply beautiful – see the Sugar-Dogs-International-Inc page on Facebook for beautiful photos.  See also the Ruby Red Standard Poodles page on Facebook. Please note that NO FREE Poodles are available.

Other breeders with proven bloodlines who support our work:

Chez Pooch – 239-481-6117 – Standard Breeder of Distinction – Breeder of Rocky and Robert Lee – Claire sold this terrific dog grooming salon in Fort Myers, FL and the new owner MAY occasionally offer puppies for sale too. No FREE Poodles are available.

Kandyland Poodles – KandyLandPoodles@comcast.net – TOY Breeder of Distinction – Breeder of Tao. No FREE Poodles are available.

LeMar Kennels – 239-543-3837 – LeMarKennels@yahoo.com – Standard Breeder of Distinction – Breeder of Stormy, now known as “Remi” and living the life of Riley with his beautiful dog trainer/owner and his adopted brother Theo. No FREE Poodles are available.

Shirley E – 813-752-9598 – TOY Breeder of Distinction – Breeder of Paula’s Peaches N Cream and Ed’s Sugar Dog Mocha – Shirley also offers beautiful grooming and dog sitting. No FREE Poodles are available.

aVIP – A Very Important Pet – Nathalie B. – MAY occasionally offer puppies to Sugar Dogs members.  Contact her directly at mp359avip@gmail.com   Grooming salon in Pinellas County, FL. No FREE Poodles are available.

Of course there are many other great Poodle breeders in the world and the Tampa Bay Poodle Club (or your local Poodle Club) is the best place to start if you are looking for a puppy or if you are interested in confirmation or “showing” your dog in AKC or 4H events.  Many of our juvenile diabetics take dog obedience a step further and show their AKC dogs.  Agility is also a nice option for dogs and children or adults.  As with any physical activity, test, test, test blood glucose (BG) because the person and the dog may become distracted by the activity.

Our training program begins with crate training and potty training your dog.  It is all much easier if YOU learn the material before expecting your puppy to know it.  Please plan to join Sugar Dogs International and learn the GOLD STANDARD training method BEFORE getting your Sugar Dog candidate.  It’s easier on you and much easier for the dog if you know what you’re doing.  After all, the dog already knows how to smell!

7 Responses to Where to get a Sugar Dog candidate

  1. Jennifer Wilkin says:

    Hello Sugar dogs! I am a poodle person and a T1D. I may be adopting a 4 year old female poodle that is being retired by a breeder. Her owner just raves about her! Is 4 a good age to train a poodle to be a diabetic alert dog? I also have a 1 year old Bichon. Thoughts?! I am at the point where it’s time for me to take some serious steps to have this type of service dog for my health! Thanks, Jen Wilkin

  2. Donna Morin says:

    Hello, my name is Donna, I am a type 1 diabetic since 4 yrs old. I was introduced to your website by a friend Vivianne < her sugar dog's name is Popcorn. I had an application done with a year of hemoglbin A1 c of a year. During my move last March, it was packed up and have not found it since. I already have a female Weinmaraner that is 20 months old. I started trying to train her since she was a puppy. She has had her training through advanced training. I have previous lab work and letter from my endocrinologist . This morning along with dexcom and my phone on and near me. My 2 daughters kept trying to call me to wake me about my low sugar. I did not hear either. My one daughter turned around from going somewhere, which was 40 minutes away and came in to wake me. My sugar was in 50's since 7 am. It was now 1030 am. I am now concerned about getting traing for my dog. I live in a 55 and over subdivision I can only have 2 dogs and i have 3. I put Brynne as a service dog in traing, so I was allowed to bring her in. I am on disability and my husband leaves for work by 6 am and then i am alone with my dogs. I do not have extra money, but can give a very small donation a month. I have alot of medical expenses, that medicare only pays 80 percent . I had a quadruple bypass 2 years ago, so still have those expenses. I, m hoping that you could train me to train my Brynne. Thank you

    • Unfortunately, we cannot help you with your forms packed in a box! Please print our new application form, submit the required information, see the checklist. And mail it to the address on the application form. We too have moved and your old form in the box probably has the wrong address on it. And yes, we will try to help but without your application form, the doctor’s form, the doctor’s prescription, the doctor’s letter and your check as a donation toward our work, we obviously cannot help you. It is a formal application process because we do not take everyone. Please read the instructions on the website carefully and apply. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to help people who refuse to donate as we are a non-profit. Your donations pay our bills. We will accept monthly donations, providing you with the training information when the donations have been paid. Best wishes, Paula

  3. Donna Morin says:

    Hello, My name is Donna and I got your website by a friend that went through traing with her dog Popcorn and her name is Vivianne. I would like to reach out to you especially after this morning episode.

    • Hi Donna, application forms are available on our website. Under FL law, a person has to have a prescription for a service animal. As Sugar Dogs International, Inc. is a FL corporation, we must abide by this law, which really is on the diabetic’s side. Consider just as an example, if you and your Sugar Dog are out in public and someone attempts to restrict your entry into a restaurant with your service dog. You have proof that a physician prescribed the diabetic alert dog. We provide the certification document and published medical article, which you can provide to the restaurant and Voila! You and your medically prescribed Sugar Dog enter, eat and enjoy. We can only assist if you apply. Best wishes, Paula

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