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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans Nampa, ID

Veterans in Nampa, 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. Every Veteran is on a different journey. For some, each day can be 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. 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. 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 mental and/or physical disabilities can experience complex, chronic symptoms such as nightmares, difficulty relating to others, depression, anxiety, and social withdrawal. PAVE service dogs provide 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
  • Increase your sleep quality and quantity
  • Steady increase in independence 
  • Positive social interactions can be increased
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD/MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce the need to take medication
  • Make the Veteran's life more enjoyable and encourage a positive outlook
  • Assistance with daily tasks
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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The Basic Criteria for a Service Dog

  • Have a disability related to serving our country (doesn't have to be combat-related).
  • You have received a medical diagnosis of PTSD, MST, TBI, or need physical help.
  • Currently receiving treatment from a supportive provider.
  • Can attend the training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon. You will be responsible for your transportation and accommodation.
  • Live in California, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington.
  • Can satisfy the mental, physical, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • Recognized as honorably discharged

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

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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 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 premier international organization promotes excellence in all aspects of assistance dog acquisition, training, partnership, and partnerships. 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 approximately $42,000 for each dog. It also includes support and training throughout the dog's life.

Approximately 90 cents of every dollar is spent on 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.

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

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

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

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!

Professional dog trainers who specialize in service dogs train PAVE 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
  • Doors can be opened or closed
  • Get items
  • Nightmare interruption
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding with DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy)

PAVE does no train or certify any dogs that are already owned by Veterans. Assistance Dogs International provides a list of organizations that provide this type 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.

What is 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. Veterans can lead a happy, independent life with the help of service dogs who have been trained to perform specific tasks.

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. We are dedicated to helping you live a better and more fulfilling life. Our trainers can provide professional advice and tailored training. There ie no cost to 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.