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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans Renton, WA

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

While military service only lasts for a limited time, the psychological and physical wounds experienced by Veterans can last forever. 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 receive tremendous support from service dogs, which can help improve their quality 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. Are you a Veteran looking to regain independence? Contact us today.

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. Veterans with disabilities can have their PAVE service dogs perform specialized tasks that improve their quality of life. From making simple tasks more accessible to providing essential support for significant challenges, PAVE service dogs have been shown to:

  • Wake up Veterans during nightmares
  • Improve sleep quality and quantity
  • Increase your daily independence 
  • Positive social interactions can be increased
  • Lower symptoms of MST, PTSD, anxiety, or depression
  • Reduce your need for medication
  • Enhance the Veteran's quality of life and positive 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 a diagnosis of PTSD, MST or TBI or need to receive certain physical care.
  • Currently in treatment with a supportive provider.
  • Can attend our training camp in the Portland Metro, Oregon, and provide for your own transportation and accommodation during that time.
  • You can live in California, Idaho or Oregon.
  • Can satisfy the mental, physical, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • 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). 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 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). You can find organizations that are experts in these areas at ADI.

Yes, PAVE is an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International. This premier international organization promotes excellence in all aspects of assistance dog acquisition, training, partnership, and partnerships. Only three Oregon organizations are currently accredited members.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, PAVE is funded by private donations, corporate donations, foundation funding, and grants.

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

Approximately 90 cents of every dollar is spent on program expenses.

PAVE provides the service dog, the training, and ongoing support at no charge, along with the initial supply of equipment and supplies valued at over $1,500.

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

PAVE works with Guide Dogs for the Blind and selected breeders as well as rescues/shelters.

PAVE trains Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers or Lab/Golden crosses.

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

Training commences when the dogs are accepted into our program.

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

PAVE assistance dogs are trained to accommodate the unique disability needs of Veterans. Examples of tasks they perform depend on the Veteran's specific needs but may include:

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Close or open doors
  • Retrieve 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 some organizations that offer that kind of training.

The first required qualifications are:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. A licensed health professional who can offer ongoing support for people with mental and/or physically disabilities.
  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 PAVE?

At Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE), we are wholeheartedly dedicated to providing Veterans with the support they need and deserve. We provide service dogs for Veterans free of cost and are a non-profit organization. Veterans can live a fulfilling, independent life thanks to the service dogs that are trained in our extensive program.

Register for a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain your 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. You can access free training for your service dog and ongoing support.

Get started with PAVE. Complete the contact form to get started.

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.