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Sensing seizures is all in a day’s work for 14-month-old labrador Echo.

Key points:

  • Seizure response dogs perform specific behaviours during a seizure, like pushing an alarm
  • Seizure alert dogs may demonstrate specific behaviours before a seizure happens
  • Training each dog costs about $40,000

After a sweat and saliva test to check compatibility, Newcastle woman Cassie was matched with Echo when the pup was just eight weeks old.

The pup has enabled Cassie to live at home alone

“I live alone and really the only reason I can do that is because I have an assistant dog,” Cassie said.

“If I’m home, I have a vital call alarm system.

“So she’s been taught to learn my body language.