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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans Lakewood, WA

Veterans in Lakewood, WA get custom-trained service dogs for free with lifetime support.

Although military service is only for a short time, the mental and physical traumas suffered by Veterans can last a lifetime. Every Veteran goes through a unique healing process. Some veterans find it challenging every day. It's been estimated that 1/5 has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the 2.7 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. TBI, MST, PTSD and PTSD all have symptoms that make daily living difficult.

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. Our customized training and life-long support make a real and lasting difference in the lives and careers of Veterans. We are ready to help you regain your independence. Contact us today for more information

Is A PAVE Service Dog Right For Me?

Veteran with psychological or physical disabilities may experience a variety of chronic and complex symptoms, including anxiety, social difficulties, depression, and nightmares. A PAVE service dog can complete specialized tasks for Veterans to improve their quality of life. PAVE service dogs have been proven to provide support to Veterans in a variety of ways, from making basic tasks easier to providing critical support to those who face significant challenges.

  • Wake up Veterans during nightmares
  • Improve sleep quality and quantity
  • Increase independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD and MST, anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders
  • Reduce your need for medication
  • Make the Veteran's life more enjoyable and encourage a positive outlook
  • Physical assistance with everyday tasks
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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Our basic criteria for a PAVE service dog

  • You became disabled while serving your country (doesn't need to be combat-related).
  • Have a clinical diagnosis of PTSD, MST, TBI, or need for certain physical help.
  • You are currently receiving support from a provider.
  • You can attend our training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon and arrange your transportation and accommodation.
  • Living Oregon or in California, Idaho and Oregon.
  • Can provide for the emotional, mental, and physical needs of a dog.
  • You have been 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 to train and provide service dogs for our Veterans suffering from psychological and/or physical disabilities.

PAVE does not place service dogs for legally blind, hearing impaired, or medical alert dogs (seizure, diabetic alert, for example). These organizations can be found at ADI.

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.

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

It costs approximately $42,000 for each dog. It also includes support and training throughout the dog's life.

Around 90 cents of each dollar goes towards program expenses.

PAVE provides the service dogs, the training and the ongoing support for free, in addition to the initial supply and equipment valued at more than $1,500.

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

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

PAVE trains Labrador Retrievers (Gold Retrievers), Lab/Golden cross dogs.

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!

Professional dog trainers who specialize in service dogs train PAVE dogs. They employ positive reinforcement methods.

PAVE assistance dogs can be trained to meet the needs of each Veteran. Some of the tasks they do depend on the Veteran, but could include:

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Open or close doors
  • Retrieve items
  • Nightmare interruption
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Provide DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy) and grounding

No, PAVE does not train or certify dogs already owned by the Veteran. Assistance Dogs International lists several organizations that offer this 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. Housing and financial stability to provide for the well-being of the service dog.

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(PAVE) is committed to providing Veterans with the support that they need and deserve. 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.

Request a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain independence? 

Our team will be there to help you from the beginning of your PAVE application to training camp with your service dog or companion. We provide personalized training and support for the lifetime of your dog. You can also access professional advice from our expert dog trainers. You can access free training for your service dog and ongoing support.

Begin your journey with PAVE by filling out the 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.