On May 9, 2013 veteran dog trainer, Rebecca Garrett, received devastating news that would change the course of her life. Her then 10 year old daughter, Matilda, was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder known as Type 1 Diabetes. She had heard of Diabetic Alert Dogs, and with over 20+ years of experience in all aspects of training dogs she set out on a quest to train a “DAD” for her daughter. That is how she learned about the Diabetic Alert Dogs: The Borderland Way program.
Within 4 months of training using The Borderland Way method, their “DAD” Oliver began alerting to Matilda’s abnormal blood glucose events. In the fall of 2013 Garrett began instructing with the program, and when it almost closed in 2014, she was given the opportunity to own it.
Rebecca has applied her knowledge of the specialized training of Scent-Discriminating Bloodhounds, Urban Search and Rescue K9's and two decades of obedience training to custom tailor a training program for each individual student team.
She also has a full agility course and offers obedience training options. Rebecca is the founder of National Working Dog Rescue & Placement, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a Mentor Trainer for the Animal Behavior College, an evaluator for Therapy Pets Unlimited and an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator.