PROVO – Man’s best friend is now the key to maintaining good health and preventing sickness through special training.
Seven years ago, Rebecca Haacke was diagnosed with Celiacs disease, which causes her body to react negatively to traces of gluten in food. Even after going gluten-free, Haacke was still constantly ill. She later found out it was due to contact from cross-contamination of gluten in products marked gluten-free.
In order to fight this, Haacke’s dog, Naga, was trained to detect gluten in foods. She is the sixth dog that specializes in this training, and the first one in Utah. Naga has helped to improve Haacke’s life.
Dog trainer Molli Baker feels its hard to train other dogs like Naga because some people abuse the idea of a service dog. “You cant just slap a vest on a dog and think, ‘Oh yeah, we’re good to go.’ This is really, really hard work, Baker stated.
If you suffer from Celiacs disorder, you may want to look into getting your own service dog. For more information, Haacke can be contacted through Naga’s Facebook page.
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