What can a PAVE service dog do for me?
PAVE trains the service dogs to be reliable public access dogs that behave well in public and at home. The dogs are trained to perform general tasks, for example opening the fridge, a door, picking up items and so on.
They are also trained to provide a calming presence. If you have nightmares, the dog could be trained to wake you and calm you down. Dogs can be trained to interrupt compulsive behaviors. Some dogs eventually learn to recognize early signs of anxiety in their partners and can be trained to respond. A PAVE service dog is not trained for any protection work but is expected to be friendly and non-aggressive toward all people when in public.
What are the requirements of a potential candidate for participating in the PAVE training program?
As a potential candidate, you should:
- reside in the USA and be able to attend training in Oregon,
- be able to provide your own transportation and lodging during training,
- be able to meet the physical, mental, and emotional needs of a dog, or have an adequate support system in place to do so in areas where you are unable to yourself,
- be willing and able to commit to the training program including daily training sessions with the PAVE dog and agree to adhere to the PAVE guidelines and training rules,
- agree to adhere to the PAVE rules and regulations concerning the ongoing care and training of the dog,
- have the full support of your family, including caregivers, in your quest to receive a PAVE dog, and
- be able to provide financial support for the dog after ownership has been signed over to you, including quality food and equipment plus veterinary care.