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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

We provide custom-trained service dogs for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) free of charge with lifetime support.

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'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 all have symptoms that make daily living difficult.

Service dogs provide immense support for Veterans to improve their quality of life. Our purpose at PAVE is to help more Veterans access the benefits of service dogs. Our customized training and life-long support make a real and lasting difference in the lives and careers of Veterans. Are you a Veteran looking to regain independence? Contact us today.

Could You Benefit From A PAVE Service Dog?

Veterans with mental and/or physical disabilities can experience complex, chronic symptoms such as nightmares, difficulty relating to others, depression, anxiety, and social withdrawal. 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
  • You can improve your sleep quality.
  • Increase your 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
  • Physical assistance with everyday 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.
  • 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 the training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon. You will be responsible for your transportation and accommodation.
  • You can live in California, Idaho or Oregon.
  • Can provide for the emotional, mental, and physical needs of a dog.
  • Recognized as 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 is an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International. This international leader in assistance dog training and acquisition sets and promotes high standards of excellence. 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.

PAVE charges around $42,000 per dog, which includes follow-up training and support for the life of the dog.

90% of every dollar goes to 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 is a partner with Guide Dogs for the Blind, selected breeders, and rescues/shelters.

PAVE trains Labrador Retrievers (Gold Retrievers), Lab/Golden cross dogs.

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 can be trained by professional, certified dog trainers that specialize in service dogs. They employ positive reinforcement methods.

PAVE assistance dogs can be trained to meet the needs of each Veteran. Some of the tasks they do depend on the Veteran, but could include:

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Close or open doors
  • Retrieve items
  • Nightmare interruption
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding with DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy)

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

The following qualifications are required for the first time:

  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 choose PAVE?

Paws Assisting Veterans is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Veterans. 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 for 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. You can access free training for your service dog and ongoing support.

Begin your journey with PAVE by filling out the contact form.

We look forward to speaking with you.

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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.