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Facility Dogs for Veteran Focused Professionals

Support your professional treatment for Veterans with a custom-trained facility dog.

About PAVE Facility Dogs

PAVE facility dogs are trained to partner with a professional working in healthcare or treatment settings that provide care for active-duty military or Veterans. Planned and goal-oriented interactions with a facility dog can assist the professional to aid the Veterans in their recovery program. 

If you work with mostly Veterans and active-duty military for more than 20 hours a week, you could be eligible for a PAVE facility dog. These specially trained dogs support the critical work done by healthcare professionals, improving treatment outcomes through the numerous acute and long-term benefits of animal-assisted intervention. PAVE provides facility dogs free of charge with lifetime support. 

If a trained facility dog could support your work with Veterans, contact the PAVE team today. 

How a Facility Dog can Support Your Work with Veterans

Service dogs are in high demand for Veterans across the country. But the two-year time investment and $42,000 cost that goes into training each service dog means that resources cannot keep up with demand. Unlike service dogs that cater to the needs of one individual, facility dogs work in professional settings to support the work of professionals and benefit numerous Veterans.

As a professional working with Veterans, it’s essential to use proven interventions and treatments based on evidence. Research shows that animal-assisted intervention can decrease PTSD, MST, and TBI symptoms and improve quality of life. A facility dog becomes an essential member of the recovery team, offering many immediate and long-term benefits for Veterans. They can support your treatment, and therefore, support the Veterans that served our country.

Facility dogs have many benefits for PTSD treatment and Veteran recovery, including:

  • Offering a nonjudgmental and comforting presence that supports treatment 
  • Reducing the severity of anxiety and depression symptoms during treatment sessions
  • Lessen feelings of loneliness and facilitate social interaction
  • Offer a positive subject for attention
  • Reduce stress and anxiety through the secretion of oxytocin 
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Hear From Our Veterans

alex

Alex was severely injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan. Since returning home, his PAVE service dog, Troy, provides support for him and his wife Kim. It takes just one look at Troy and Alex to see the powerful bond created between the pair.

~ Alex and Troy

John and truman

John suffered from debilitating nightmares for decades. They robbed him of his independence and will to live. Just as John thought nothing would alleviate the suffering, PAVE matched him with his service dog, Truman.

~ John and Truman

tiffany and sage

Tiffany’s life was torn apart by PTSD. In her darkest moments, she barely got three hours of sleep. PAVE facilitated 1:1 training and customized placement with service dog, Sage, to help Tiffany regain her life. Her message for all Veterans is, “Don’t quit! Don’t give up!”

~ Tiffany and Sage

Are you Eligible for a Facility Dog?

The professional that works with Veterans is responsible for caring for the facility dog.
To be eligible for a facility dog, applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be employed working a minimum of 20 hours a week with Veterans
  • Have approval from their employer for the use of a facility dog
  • Demonstrate the ability to control, manage and care for a dog safely and effectively
  • Attend a two-week training camp at PAVE
  • Participate in ongoing follow-up
  • Work within a 2-hour drive of Portland Metro, Oregon
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Facility Dogs

PAVE’s mission is to train and provide service dogs for our Veterans suffering from mental and/or physical disabilities.

Yes, PAVE is an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International. This premier international organization establishes and promotes standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training, and partnership. Only three organizations in Oregon are currently accredited members.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, PAVE is funded by private donations, corporate donations, foundation funding, and grants.

It costs PAVE around $42,000 per dog, which includes lifelong follow-up training and support.

Approximately 90 cents of every dollar is spent on program expenses.

PAVE provides the facility dog, the training, and ongoing support at no charge, along with the initial supply of equipment and supplies valued at over $1,100.

PAVE dogs are trained by certified, professional dog trainers specializing in facility dogs, using positive reinforcement methods.

The initial required qualifications are: 

  • Be employed working a minimum of 20 hours a week with Veterans
  • Have approval from their employer for the use of a facility dog
  • Demonstrate the ability to control, manage and care for a dog safely and effectively
  • Attend a two-week training camp at PAVE
  • Participate in ongoing follow-up
  • Work within a 2-hour drive of Portland Metro, Oregon

While we specialize in facility dogs rather than therapy dogs, our dogs are sometimes used in school settings. It is important to understand the difference between a therapy dog and a facility dog to know if what we offer is right for you.

Therapy dogs provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other facilities. They are also trained to provide emotional support to people with autism, depression, dementia and other mental-health conditions. Therapy dogs must be well-behaved and have a calm, friendly disposition. They must also be comfortable around people of all ages and backgrounds.

Therapy dogs typically work with their handlers on a volunteer basis. Some therapy dog organizations may require handlers to complete a training program before they can begin working with their dog.

The main difference between therapy dogs and facility dogs is that therapy dogs are typically brought in by volunteers to provide comfort to people, while facility dogs are employed by hospitals or other institutions to provide support for patients and staff. Facility dogs may also be used as service animals to help people with disabilities.

While we specialize in facility dogs rather than therapy dogs, our dogs are sometimes used in school settings. It is important to understand the difference between a therapy dog and a facility dog to know if what we offer is right for you.

We train facility dogs which can be used in hospital settings to provide emotional and physical support for patients, staff, and visitors. Our dogs are not trained as therapy dogs, but they are specially bred and chosen for their temperament and trainability to make them well suited for life in a hospital setting.

Have another Question?

Email the PAVE team at [email protected], and we’ll answer all your questions about facility dogs for Veterans.

Apply for a PAVE Facility Dog

Are you interested in learning more about caring for a facility dog?

A facility dog can support your important work with Veterans, assisting healing and recovery. If you’re interested in learning more about facility dogs, contact the PAVE team today.

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