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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans Vancouver, WA

We provide custom-trained service dogs with lifetime support to Veterans in Vancouver, 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 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. 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. Our purpose at PAVE is to help more Veterans access the benefits of service dogs. We make a significant impact on the lives of Veterans by providing personalized training and ongoing support. We are ready to help you regain your independence. Contact us today for more information

Could You Benefit From A PAVE Service Dog?

Veterans with psychological and/or physically disabled veterans experience a range of complex and persistent symptoms including nightmares, depression, difficulty socializing and anxiety. A PAVE service dog can complete specialized tasks for Veterans to 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 daily independence 
  • Positive social interactions can be increased
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD/MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce your need for medication
  • Increase the quality of life for Veterans and improve their outlook
  • Assistance with daily tasks
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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The Basic Criteria for a Service Dog

  • You became disabled while serving the country. It doesn't necessarily have to be combat-related.
  • A clinical diagnosis of PTSD or MST, TBI, or the need for specific physical assistance.
  • You are currently receiving support from a provider.
  • Can attend the training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon. You will be responsible for your transportation and accommodation.
  • Living Oregon or in California, Idaho and Oregon.
  • Can meet the physical, mental, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • 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, 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. You can find organizations that are experts in these areas 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.

PAVE, a 501(c),(3) non-profit organization, is funded through private donations, corporate donations and foundation funding.

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.

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 as well as Golden Retrievers.

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 are trained to accommodate the unique disability needs of Veterans. They may perform the following tasks depending on the Veteran's particular needs:

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Close or open doors
  • Get 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 several organizations that offer this kind of training.

These are the initial qualifications required:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. Support provided by licensed health professionals for those with mental or physical 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 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. Veterans can live a fulfilling, independent life thanks to the service dogs that are trained in our extensive program.

Request a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain your independence? 

Our team is available to assist you in every step of the PAVE process, from application to training camp to your new companion or service dog. 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.

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.