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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans Santa Rosa, CA

We provide custom-trained service dogs for Veterans in Santa Rosa, CA free of charge 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. Every Veteran is on a different journey. For some, each day can be a challenge. It's been estimated that 1/5 has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the 2.7 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. TBI, MST, PTSD, and PTSD can cause a host of symptoms that interfere with daily living, making it difficult to get sleep, socialize, or maintain independence.

Veterans can rely on service dogs to provide support and help them live a better quality of life. PAVE exists to assist more Veterans in obtaining 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.

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. A PAVE service dog can complete specialized tasks for Veterans to improve their quality of life. PAVE service dogs are able to help with simple tasks as well as providing support for those facing significant challenges.

  • Wake up Veterans during nightmares
  • You can improve your sleep quality.
  • Increase independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD/MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce your need for medication
  • 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

  • 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.
  • You are currently receiving support from a 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.
  • 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 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 is to train and provide service dogs for our Veterans suffering from psychological and/or physical disabilities.

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

Yes, PAVE has been accredited as a 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 approximately $42,000 for each dog. It also includes support and training throughout the dog's life.

Around 90 cents of each dollar goes towards 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.

To train a service animal, it takes about 1.5 to 2 years.

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

PAVE trains Labrador Retrievers as well as Golden Retrievers.

These breeds are known for their ability, temperament, 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 are trained to accommodate the unique disability needs of Veterans. The Veteran's needs will dictate the tasks they perform, but these examples may include:

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

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

The initial required qualifications are:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. For those suffering from mental and/or physical disabilities, a licensed health professional is providing ongoing support.
  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.

What is 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. 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 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 offer tailored training and ongoing support, as well as access to expert advice from our dog trainers. There are no charges for service dogs, training 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.