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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans Caldwell, ID

Veterans in Caldwell, ID receive custom-trained service animals at no cost with lifetime support.

Although military service is only for a short time, the mental and physical traumas suffered by Veterans can last a lifetime. The healing process is a unique journey for every Veteran, and for some, every day is a challenge. It's believed that one in five Americans who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Conditions like PTSD, MST, and TBI present numerous symptoms that disrupt daily living and make it difficult to sleep, socialize, and maintain independence.

Veterans can rely on service dogs to provide support and help them live a better quality of life. PAVE exists to assist more Veterans in obtaining the benefits of service dogs. Through personalized training and lifetime support, PAVE makes a difference in the lives of Veterans. If you're a Veteran who is ready to regain your independence, contact us today to learn more.

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. From making simple tasks more accessible to providing essential support for significant challenges, PAVE service dogs have been shown to:

  • Wake Veterans from nightmares
  • Sleep quality and quantity can be improved
  • Steady increase in independence 
  • Positive social interactions can be increased
  • Lower symptoms of MST, PTSD, anxiety, or 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

  • You became disabled while serving your country (doesn't need 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.
  • Can attend our training camp, which is located in Portland Metro, Oregon. You must provide transportation and accommodations during the time.
  • Live in California, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington.
  • Can provide for the emotional, mental, and physical needs of a dog.
  • Have been honorably discharged.

Please note that PAVE does not place service dogs for legally blind, hearing impaired, or medical alert dogs (seizure, diabetic alert for example). 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 is training and providing service dogs to Veterans suffering from mental or physical disabilities to help them.

PAVE does not place service dogs for legally blind, hearing impaired, or medical alert dogs (seizure, diabetic alert, for example). You can find organizations that are experts in these areas at ADI.

Yes, PAVE has been accredited as a member of Assistance Dogs International. This premier international organization promotes excellence in all aspects of assistance dog acquisition, training, partnership, and partnerships. Only three organizations in Oregon are currently accredited members.

PAVE is a non-profit organization that is 501(c). It is funded by corporate donations, private donations and grants.

PAVE requires approximately $42,000 per dog. This includes ongoing support and training.

Around 90 cents of each dollar goes towards program expenses.

PAVE pays for the service dog, training and support, as well as the initial equipment and supplies worth over $1,500.

It takes approximately 1.5 - 2 years to train a service dog.

PAVE is a partner with Guide Dogs for the Blind, selected breeders, and rescues/shelters.

PAVE trains Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers or Lab/Golden crosses.

These breeds have proven to be successful in service dog work due to their aptitude, temperament, work ethic, and overall performance.

Training commences when the dogs are accepted into our program.

Dog trainers certified in PAVE training are specialists in service dogs. Positive reinforcement is used.

PAVE assistance dogs are specially trained to address the disability needs of Veterans. Examples of tasks they perform depend on the Veteran's specific needs but may include:

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

PAVE does not train or certify Veterans' dogs. Assistance Dogs International lists several organizations that offer this kind of training.

These are the initial qualifications required:

  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 use PAVE?

Paws Assisting Veterans(PAVE) is committed to providing Veterans with the support that they need and deserve. As a nonprofit service dog organization, we provide service dogs free of charge for Veterans with lifetime support. The trained tasks completed by service dogs through our comprehensive training program empower Veterans to live an independent, fulfilling life.

Apply for a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready for independence? 

Our team is here to help you with the entire PAVE process. From application to training camp, we will support you and your new companion/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 is no charge for your service dog, training, or 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.