Patriot PAWS service dogs are initially selected from breeders, local animal shelters, rescue groups, and service dog puppy raisers. They are carefully evaluated prior to selection and only the best of the best become candidates, graduate, and are certified. Please note that the selection process at Patriot PAWS is extensive. Although generous, please do not try to donate your family pet to Patriot PAWS.
We are currently only accepting applications from veterans who served during Desert Storm to present for fully certified Service Dogs. Pre-Desert Storm veterans can apply for a social companion dog. These dogs can be very helpful within the home but DO NOT have public access.
Our mobility service dogs are trained to perform many services
Our post-traumatic stress service dogs are trained to mitigate symptoms
Perhaps one of the most beneficial remedies is the unconditional love and devotion a dog can provide to their lifelong partners. Once a strong bond forms between the person-dog relationship, the dog’s trust, devotion and a desire to please will follow. The cost to train a mobility service dog is approximately $33,000. This expense represents 18 to 24 months training, housing, feeding and health related costs. Patriot PAWS Service Dogs specializes in using positive reinforcement to train its dogs. The minimum standards for all service dog centers affiliated with ADI are listed in our ADI Minimum Standards Requirements article. All centers are encouraged to strive to work at levels above the minimums.