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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans Sammamish, WA

We provide custom-trained service dogs for Veterans in Sammamish, WA free of charge with lifetime support.

Although military service is only for a short time, the mental and physical traumas suffered by Veterans can last a lifetime. The healing process is a unique journey for every Veteran, and for some, every day is a challenge. From the roughly 2.7 million Americans that have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, it's estimated that 1 in 5 is experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Conditions like PTSD, MST, and TBI present numerous symptoms that disrupt daily living and make it difficult to sleep, socialize, and maintain independence.

Veterans can rely on service dogs to provide support and help them live a better quality of life. PAVE's mission is to make it easier for more Veterans to enjoy the benefits of service dogs. We make a significant impact on the lives of Veterans by providing personalized training and ongoing support. Contact us today if you are a Veteran and want to regain your independence.

Could You Benefit From A PAVE Service Dog?

Veterans with psychological and/or physical disabilities experience an array of complex and chronic symptoms like nightmares, difficulty socializing, depression, and anxiety. 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 up Veterans during nightmares
  • Sleep quality and quantity can be improved
  • Increase your independence 
  • Positive social interactions can be increased
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD and MST, anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders
  • Reduce need for medications
  • Make the Veteran's life more enjoyable and encourage a positive outlook
  • For everyday tasks, physical assistance
  • 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).
  • You have received a medical diagnosis of PTSD, MST, TBI, or need physical help.
  • You are currently receiving support from a 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.

Please note that PAVE does not place service dogs for legally blind, hearing impaired, or medical alert dogs (seizure, diabetic alert for example). 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 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 can be accredited to Assistance Dogs International. This international leader in assistance dog training and acquisition sets and promotes high standards of excellence. Only three organizations in Oregon are currently accredited members.

PAVE is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. It receives funding from private donations, corporate gifts, foundation funding and grants.

PAVE requires approximately $42,000 per dog. This includes ongoing support and training.

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 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 consistently been successful in service dog work regarding aptitude, temperament, and work ethic.

Once the dogs have joined our program, we will start training!

PAVE dogs are trained by certified, professional dog trainers specializing 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
  • Doors can be opened or closed
  • 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 has a list of organizations offering this type of training.

These are the initial qualifications required:

  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 use PAVE?

Paws Assisting Veterans, (PAVE), is committed to providing Veterans the support and care they 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.

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. 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.