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Guiding Hope: Training Seizure Alert Dogs with CMAC

For individuals living with epilepsy, each day brings the uncertainty of when a seizure may strike. The impact of epileptic seizures on one's life can be profound, affecting everything from daily activities to personal safety. However, with the help of seizure alert dogs, individuals can find a newfound sense of security and support. In this blog, we'll explore the remarkable world of training seizure alert dogs and the invaluable role they play in the lives of those with epilepsy.

The Science Behind Seizure Alert Dogs:

Medical Alert Dog in training

Research conducted by members of the Center for the Study of Medical Alert Canines (CMAC) has shed light on the existence of a scent associated with seizures. While the exact nature of this scent remains unknown, the groundbreaking findings have paved the way for the training of seizure alert dogs. These dogs are trained to detect subtle changes in scent, alerting their owners to an oncoming seizure and providing precious moments to seek safety.

The Impact of Epileptic Seizures:

Epileptic seizures can disrupt every aspect of a person's life, from work and social activities to personal relationships. The fear of experiencing a seizure in public or while alone can be overwhelming, leading to heightened anxiety and decreased independence. Seizure alert dogs offer a lifeline to individuals with epilepsy, providing not only a sense of security but also companionship and support during challenging times.

Training Seizure Alert Dogs:

At CMAC, we provide aspiring service dog trainers with a comprehensive curriculum for training seizure alert dogs. Our program covers everything from understanding the science behind seizure detection to teaching dogs essential tasks to assist their owners during and after a seizure. Trainers learn how to teach dogs to alert to oncoming seizures, provide deep pressure therapy for comfort, retrieve medication or a drink, help their person get up after a seizure, prevent the person from walking into danger during absent seizures, and more.

The Complete Curriculum:

Our training program equips professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to train seizure alert dogs from A to Z. Through hands-on experience and expert guidance, trainers learn how to foster a strong bond between dog and owner while instilling the necessary behaviors for effective seizure detection and response.

The Impact of Seizure Alert Dogs:

Seizure alert dogs go beyond just alerting their owners to an oncoming seizure. They can also be taught to provide invaluable assistance during and after a seizure, offering comfort, safety, and peace of mind. From pressing buttons to call for help to guiding their owner to a safe place, these dogs play a vital role in enhancing the quality of life for individuals with epilepsy.


Training seizure alert dogs is not just a profession—it's a calling to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those with epilepsy. At CMAC, we are dedicated to empowering aspiring service dog trainers with the knowledge and skills needed to transform lives through the power of canine companionship. Together, we can unleash hope and create a brighter future for individuals living with epilepsy.

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