Seizure Dogs - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Seizure Dogs

You're probably familiar with seeing eye dogs, but what about dogs that are specially trained to assist people who have epileptic seizures?  Judy Fortin takes us to a canine training camp in suburban Atlanta.

Ben is not your typical family pet. He's been trained to assist Colise Johnson and perhaps one day save her life.

"Having epilepsy and cerebral palsy is kind of like having a non-stop roller coaster ride cause you never know what's going to happen, but with him he slows the ride down so it's manageable," says Colise. 

She is attending a training camp at Canine Assistants in Alpharetta, Georgia.  The group provides 80 service dogs a year, free of charge, to people with a variety of medical conditions including epilepsy.

"When a dog leaves here the dog will have had training in how to respond should their person have a seizure," says Jennifer Arnold with Canine Assistants.

Even though Jennifer Arnold helps train the dogs, she says no one really knows what alerts the animals. They tend to get very restless, distressed if they were lying down they tend to get up and start whining. Colise's dog is still a puppy, but they've already made a connection.

"With him I get more independence I don't have to rely on humans all the time." 

Powered by Frankly