Darlene Sullivan, executive director of the nonprofit Canine Partners for Life in Pennsylvania, said her group has 15 years' experience in identifying service dogs who have the characteristics to detect seizures and reinforcing the instinct. But they don't actively teach detection in their twoyear training program.
"We tended to notice these were extremely intelligent dogs that bonded with their people," Sullivan said. "I call them dogs that never slept. They close their eyes, but if the wind blows, they'll be open."
For Ryan, the extra warning can mean the difference between making it to the safety of her car's front seat or a hard trip to the floor. A few years ago, before she rescued Bouncer from a pound, a seizure struck without warning while she was shopping at a cell phone store with her children.
She struck the floor with her head.
"I'm extremely lucky to have her," Ryan said of Bouncer.
"She's a wonderful pet. She's a great family dog. I don't know what we'd do without her."
Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com