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Service Dog For Veterans Redmond, WA

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

While military service may only last for a limited time, the psychological and physical wounds that Veterans experience can last a lifetime. Each Veteran's healing journey is unique, and some days are difficult. 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. Conditions like PTSD, MST, and TBI present numerous symptoms that disrupt daily living and make it difficult to sleep, socialize, and maintain independence.

Veterans with service dogs can greatly benefit from their support. PAVE's mission is to make it easier for more Veterans to enjoy the benefits of service dogs. Through personalized training and lifetime support, PAVE makes a difference in the lives of Veterans. We are ready to help you regain your independence. Contact us today for more information

Are PAVE Service Dogs Right For You?

Veterans with psychological and/or physically disabled veterans experience a range of complex and persistent symptoms including nightmares, depression, difficulty socializing and anxiety. Veterans can benefit from PAVE service dogs due to their ability to perform specialized tasks. PAVE service dogs are able to help with simple tasks as well as providing support for those facing significant challenges.

  • Wake Veterans from nightmares
  • You can improve your sleep quality.
  • Increase your independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD, MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce the need to take medication
  • Improve the Veteran's life quality and outlook
  • For everyday tasks, physical assistance
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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Our basic criteria for a PAVE 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 support provider.
  • Can attend our training camp, which is located in Portland Metro, Oregon. You must provide transportation and accommodations during the time.
  • Living Oregon or in California, Idaho and Oregon.
  • Can fulfill the needs of a dog on all levels.
  • Recognized as 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 the legally blind or hearing impaired. These organizations can be found at ADI.

Yes, PAVE is an accredited member of 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 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.

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.

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 primarily trains Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, or Lab/Golden crosses.

These breeds have been proven to be excellent service dogs in terms of temperament, aptitude, and work ethic.

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 techniques.

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
  • Doors can be opened or closed
  • Retrieve items
  • Nightmare interruption
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding with DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy)

PAVE does not train or certify Veterans' dogs. Assistance Dogs International provides a list of organizations that provide this type of training.

The following qualifications are required for the first time:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. Support provided by licensed health professionals for those with mental or physical disabilities.
  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 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. Veterans can lead a happy, independent life with the help of service dogs who have been trained to perform specific tasks.

Register for a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain 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 are no charges for service dogs, training and 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.