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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans Portland, OR

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

While military service may only last for a limited time, the psychological and physical wounds that Veterans experience can last a lifetime. Every Veteran is on a different journey. For some, each day can be a challenge. 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.

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. By offering customized training and lifetime support, we make a tangible and significant 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?

Veteran with psychological or physical disabilities may experience a variety of chronic and complex symptoms, including anxiety, social difficulties, depression, and nightmares. PAVE service dogs provide 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 Veterans from nightmares
  • Improve sleep quality and quantity
  • Increase your daily independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD, MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce need for medications
  • Make the Veteran's life more enjoyable and encourage a positive outlook
  • Assistance with daily tasks
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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Our basic criteria for a service dog for Veterans

  • You became disabled while serving your country (doesn't need to be combat-related).
  • You have a diagnosis of PTSD, MST or TBI or need to receive certain physical care.
  • Currently in treatment with a supportive provider.
  • Can attend the training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon. You will be responsible for your transportation and accommodation.
  • Living Oregon or in California, Idaho and Oregon.
  • Can provide for the emotional, mental, and physical needs of a dog.
  • Recognized as honorably discharged

PAVE does not have service dogs for the legally blind, hearing impaired or medical alert dogs (seizure and diabetic alert, for example). Please see ADI for organizations that specialize in these areas.

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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 legally blind, hearing impaired, or medical alert dogs (seizure, diabetic alert, for example). You can find organizations that are experts in these areas at ADI.

Yes, PAVE has been accredited as a 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.

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 provides the service dog, the training and ongoing support free of charge. The initial supply of equipment is valued at $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 primarily trains Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, or Lab/Golden crosses.

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 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. 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 some organizations that offer that kind of training.

The initial required qualifications are:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. Licensed health professional ongoing support appropriate for the mental and/or physical disabilities.
  3. For the good of the service dog's well-being, housing and financial stability are 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 provide service dogs for Veterans free of cost and are a non-profit organization. The trained tasks completed by service dogs through our comprehensive training program empower Veterans to live an independent, fulfilling life.

Request a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain your independence? 

Our team is ready to support you through the PAVE process from application to training camp with your new companion and service dog. We are dedicated to helping you live a better and more fulfilling life. Our trainers can provide professional advice and tailored training. 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.