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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans Beaverton, OR

Veterans in Beaverton, OR get custom-trained service dogs for free with lifetime support.

Although military service may only be for a brief time, the psychological wounds and physical injuries suffered by Veterans can last a lifetime. Every Veteran goes through a unique healing process. Some veterans find it challenging every day. It's believed that one in five Americans who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. TBI, MST, PTSD, and PTSD can cause a host of symptoms that interfere with daily living, making it difficult to get sleep, socialize, or maintain independence.

Veterans with service dogs can greatly benefit from their support. PAVE was created to enable more Veterans to access the benefits of service dogs. By offering customized training and lifetime support, we make a tangible and significant difference in the lives of Veterans. Contact us today if you are a Veteran and want to regain your independence.

Are PAVE Service Dogs Right For You?

Veterans with psychological and/or physical disabilities experience an array of complex and chronic symptoms like nightmares, difficulty socializing, depression, and anxiety. A PAVE service dog can complete specialized tasks for Veterans to improve their quality of life. PAVE service dogs have been proven to be able to do everything from completing simple tasks to supporting veterans facing difficult situations.

  • Wake Veterans from nightmares
  • Improve sleep quality and quantity
  • Increase your daily independence 
  • Positive social interactions can be increased
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD, MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce your need for medication
  • Improve the Veteran's life quality and outlook
  • Assistance with daily tasks
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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Our basic criteria for a service dog for Veterans

  • Became disabled while serving our country (does not have to be combat-related).
  • A clinical diagnosis of PTSD or MST, TBI, or the need for specific physical assistance.
  • Currently receiving treatment from a supportive provider.
  • You can attend our training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon and arrange your transportation and accommodation.
  • You currently live in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington.
  • Can meet the physical, mental, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • You have been honorably discharged.

PAVE does not place service dogs for the legally blind or hearing impaired. Please see ADI for organizations that specialize in these areas.

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Frequently Asked Questions
About Service Dogs for Veterans

PAVE's mission, to train and provide service dog for Veterans suffering from physical and/or psychological disabilities is to do so.

PAVE does not place service dogs for the legally blind or hearing impaired. For organizations who specialize in these areas, please visit ADI.

Yes, PAVE has been accredited as a member of Assistance Dogs International. This international leader in assistance dog training and acquisition sets and promotes high standards of excellence. Only three Oregon organizations currently hold accreditation.

PAVE is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. It receives funding from private donations, corporate gifts, foundation funding and grants.

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

90% of every dollar goes to program expenses.

PAVE provides the service dog, the training and ongoing support free of charge. The initial supply of equipment is valued at $1,500.

A service dog can take between 1.5-2 years to train.

PAVE works with Guide Dogs for the Blind, selected breeders, and rescues/shelters.

PAVE primarily trains Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, or Lab/Golden crosses.

These breeds have been proven to be excellent service dogs in terms of temperament, aptitude, and work ethic.

As soon as the dogs join our program!

Dog trainers certified in PAVE training are specialists in service dogs. They use positive reinforcement methods.

PAVE assistance dogs are specially trained to address the disability needs of Veterans. The Veteran's needs will dictate the tasks they perform, but these examples may include:

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Doors can be opened or closed
  • Retrieve items
  • Nightmare interrupt
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding with DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy)

No, PAVE does not train or certify dogs already owned by the Veteran. Assistance Dogs International lists some organizations that offer that kind of training.

The first required qualifications are:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. For those suffering from mental and/or physical disabilities, a licensed health professional is providing ongoing support.
  3. To ensure the well-being and housing of the service dog, financial stability is essential.

Have another Question?

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

Why choose PAVE?

At Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE), we are wholeheartedly dedicated to providing Veterans with the support they need and deserve. We provide service dogs for Veterans free of cost and are a non-profit organization. Veterans can live a fulfilling, independent life thanks to the service dogs that are trained in our extensive program.

Register for a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain independence? 

Our team is ready to support you through the PAVE process from application to training camp with your new companion and service dog. Dedicated to facilitating your new and better life, we provide tailored training and lifelong support with access to professional advice from our specialist dog trainers. There are no charges for service dogs, training and ongoing support.

Start your journey with PAVE by completing the simple contact form.

We look forward to speaking with you.

Help Veterans Regain Their Freedom

Service dogs save lives. Help us to help Veterans by supporting PAVE. Your support and generosity go directly towards helping our Veterans and more donations mean more service dogs for Veterans in need.