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Service Dog For Veterans Marysville, WA

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

While military service only lasts for a limited time, the psychological and physical wounds experienced by Veterans can last forever. Each Veteran's healing journey is unique, and some days are difficult. 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 and PTSD are all conditions that can disrupt your daily life and make it difficult for you to socialize, sleep, 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. Through personalized training and lifetime support, PAVE makes a difference in the lives of Veterans. Contact us today if you are a Veteran and want to regain your independence.

Is A PAVE Service Dog Right For Me?

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 up Veterans during nightmares
  • Increase your sleep quality and quantity
  • Steady increase in independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD/MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce your need for medication
  • Improve the Veteran's life quality and outlook
  • For everyday tasks, physical assistance
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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The 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.
  • You are currently receiving support from a provider.
  • You can attend our training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon and arrange your transportation and accommodation.
  • Live in California, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington.
  • Can meet the physical, mental, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • You have been honorably discharged.

PAVE does not place service dogs in the areas of legally blindness, hearing impairment, or medical alert dogs (seizure or diabetic alert). 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 it to provide service dogs for Veterans with mental 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 can be accredited to 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 Oregon organizations currently hold accreditation.

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

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

Around 90 cents of each dollar goes towards 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 trains Labrador Retrievers as well as Golden Retrievers.

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

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

PAVE dogs are trained by certified, professional dog trainers specializing in service dogs. They employ positive reinforcement methods.

PAVE assistance dogs can be trained to meet the needs of each Veteran. They may perform the following tasks depending on the Veteran's particular needs:

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

PAVE does no train or certify any dogs that are already owned by Veterans. Assistance Dogs International lists several organizations that offer this kind of training.

The initial 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. 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 choose 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. The trained tasks completed by service dogs through our comprehensive training program empower Veterans to live an independent, fulfilling life.

Register for a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain 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 are dedicated to helping you live a better and more fulfilling life. Our trainers can provide professional advice and tailored training. There is no charge for your service dog, training, or ongoing support.

Start your journey with PAVE by completing the 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.