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Service Dogs For Veterans Twin Falls, ID

Veterans in Twin Falls, ID receive custom-trained service animals at no cost with lifetime support.

Although military service may only be for a brief time, the psychological wounds and physical injuries 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). TBI, MST and PTSD are all conditions that can disrupt your daily life and make it difficult for you to socialize, sleep, and maintain independence.

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. We are ready to help you regain your independence. Contact us today for more information

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 can benefit from PAVE service dogs due to their ability to perform specialized tasks. From making simple tasks more accessible to providing essential support for significant challenges, PAVE service dogs have been shown to:

  • Wake Veterans from nightmares
  • Sleep quality and quantity can be improved
  • Increase independence 
  • Positive social interactions can be increased
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD and MST, anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders
  • Reduce the need to take medication
  • Enhance the Veteran's quality of life and positive outlook
  • Assistance with daily tasks
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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Our Basic Criteria for a Service Dog

  • Became disabled while serving our country (does not have to be combat-related).
  • Have a clinical diagnosis of PTSD, MST, TBI, or need for certain physical help.
  • Currently receiving treatment from 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 currently live in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington.
  • Can satisfy the mental, physical, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • Recognized as honorably discharged

PAVE does not place service dogs for the legally blind or hearing impaired. 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, to train and provide service dog for Veterans suffering from physical and/or psychological disabilities is to do so.

PAVE does not place service dogs for the legally blind or hearing impaired. For organizations who specialize in these areas, please visit ADI.

Yes, PAVE is an Accredited 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 Oregon organizations currently hold accreditation.

PAVE is a non-profit organization that is 501(c). It is funded by corporate donations, private donations and grants.

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

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

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

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

As soon as the dogs join our program!

PAVE dogs are trained by certified, professional dog trainers specializing in service dogs. Positive reinforcement is used.

PAVE assistance dogs can be trained to meet the needs of each Veteran. They may perform the following tasks depending on the Veteran's particular needs:

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Doors can be opened or closed
  • Retrieve items
  • Nightmare interrupt
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding with DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy)

PAVE doesn't train or certify pets already owned by Veterans. Assistance Dogs International lists some organizations that offer that kind of training.

The following qualifications are required for the first time:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. A licensed health professional who can offer ongoing support for people with mental and/or physically disabilities.
  3. Housing and financial stability to provide for the well-being of the service dog.

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?

Paws Assisting Veterans, (PAVE), is committed to providing Veterans the support and care they deserve. We proudly provide service dogs free of charge to Veterans. 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 your 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 offer tailored training and ongoing support, as well as access to expert advice from our dog trainers. There is no charge for your service dog, training, or ongoing support.

Start your journey to PAVE by completing this 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.