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Service Dog For Veterans Pocatello, ID

We provide custom-trained service dogs with lifetime support to Veterans in Pocatello, ID at no cost.

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 is estimated that 1 out 5 suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among the nearly 2.7 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. TBI, MST, PTSD and PTSD all have symptoms that make daily living difficult.

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. Contact us today if you are a Veteran and want to regain your independence.

Could You Benefit From A PAVE Service Dog?

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 with disabilities can have their PAVE service dogs perform specialized tasks that 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 Veterans from nightmares
  • Improve sleep quality and quantity
  • Increase your daily independence 
  • Positive social interactions can be increased
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD, MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce your need for medication
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • You can live in California, Idaho or Oregon.
  • Can meet the physical, mental, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • You have been honorably discharged.

PAVE does not have service dogs for the legally blind, hearing impaired or medical alert dogs (seizure and diabetic alert, for example). For those organizations who are specialists in these fields, please refer to 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 has been accredited as a member of Assistance Dogs International. This international leader in assistance dog training and acquisition sets and promotes high standards of excellence. Only three Oregon organizations currently hold accreditation.

PAVE, a 501(c),(3) non-profit organization, is funded through private donations, corporate donations and foundation funding.

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

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.

Training a service dog takes between 1.5 and 2 years.

PAVE is a partner 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.

As soon as the dogs join our program!

Dog trainers certified in PAVE training are specialists in service dogs. They employ positive reinforcement techniques.

PAVE assistance dogs can be trained to meet the needs of each Veteran. The Veteran's needs will dictate the tasks they perform, but these examples may include:

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Open or close doors
  • Get items
  • Nightmare interrupt
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding and Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT)

PAVE does not train or certify Veterans' dogs. Assistance Dogs International lists some organizations that offer that 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 choose PAVE?

Paws Assisting Veterans(PAVE) is committed to providing Veterans with the support that they need and deserve. We proudly provide service dogs free of charge to Veterans. 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 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. 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.