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Service Dog For Veterans Corvallis, OR

We provide custom-trained service dogs for Veterans in Corvallis, OR free of charge 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. From the roughly 2.7 million Americans that have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, it's estimated that 1 in 5 is experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Conditions like PTSD, MST, and TBI present numerous symptoms that disrupt daily living and make it difficult to sleep, socialize, and maintain independence.

Service dogs provide immense support for Veterans to improve their quality of life. PAVE was created to enable more Veterans to access the benefits of service dogs. We make a significant impact on the lives of Veterans by providing personalized training and ongoing support. Are you a Veteran looking to regain independence? Contact us today.

Could A Service Dog From PAVE Support You?

Veterans with mental and/or physical disabilities can experience complex, chronic symptoms such as nightmares, difficulty relating to others, depression, anxiety, and social withdrawal. Veterans can benefit from PAVE service dogs due to their ability to perform specialized tasks. PAVE service dogs are able to help with simple tasks as well as providing support for those facing significant challenges.

  • Wake up Veterans during nightmares
  • You can improve your sleep quality.
  • Increase independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD and MST, anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders
  • Reduce medication use
  • Increase the quality of life for Veterans and improve their outlook
  • Assistance with daily tasks
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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The Basic Criteria for a Service Dog

  • 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 in treatment with a supportive provider.
  • Can attend our training camp in the Portland Metro, Oregon, and provide for your own transportation and accommodation during that time.
  • Live in California, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington.
  • Can provide for the emotional, mental, and physical needs of a dog.
  • Recognized as honorably discharged

PAVE does not place service dogs for the legally blind or hearing impaired. For more information on organizations that are experts in these areas, please visit ADI.

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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 the legally blind or hearing impaired. These organizations can be found at ADI.

Yes, PAVE is an Accredited Member of Assistance Dogs International. This internationally recognized organization sets standards and encourages excellence in all areas related to assistance dog training, acquisition, 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.

PAVE charges around $42,000 per dog, which includes follow-up training and support for the life of the dog.

90% of every dollar goes to 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 works 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 consistently been successful in service dog work regarding aptitude, temperament, and work ethic.

Once the dogs have joined our program, we will start training!

PAVE dogs can be trained by professional, certified dog trainers that specialize in service dogs. They employ positive reinforcement methods.

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

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Close or open doors
  • Retrieve items
  • Nightmare interruption
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding and Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT)

PAVE doesn't train or certify pets already owned by Veterans. Assistance Dogs International lists some organizations that offer that kind of training.

These are the initial qualifications required:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. Support provided by licensed health professionals for those with mental or physical disabilities.
  3. Service dogs require housing and financial stability.

Have another Question?

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

Why PAVE?

Paws Assisting Veterans is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Veterans. As a non-profit service organization, we offer service dogs at no cost to Veterans and provide lifetime support. Veterans can live a fulfilling, independent life thanks to the service dogs that are trained in our extensive program.

Apply for a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain your independence? 

Our team is available to assist you in every step of the PAVE process, from application to training camp to your new companion or service dog. We offer tailored training and ongoing support, as well as access to expert advice from our dog trainers. You can access free training for your service dog and ongoing support.

Start your journey to PAVE by completing this simple contact form.

We are looking forward to hearing from 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.