DO I QUALIFY?Veterans and civilians with a documented disability as defined under the ADA, "...a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities," are quailfied for the assistance of a Service Dog. Veterans with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and other disabilities receive priority for training and financial assistance from Give Us Paws.
OUR TRAININGGive Us Paws Service Dog training follows a six to twelve-month, in-home training program which requires the logged recording of 1 hour/week with a trainer and 4 hours/week of animal/handler homework. We utilize only positive, clicker-training methods. Dogs are kept motivated and eager to please using treats, excitement, fun, rewards and other surprises.
SUPPORT A TEAMAnimal/handler teams need your support for training. We rely on your donations to fund our training programs for those with a financial need. Tax-deductible corporate and private sponsorhips available.
Give Us Paws is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Houston, Texas. We provide subsidized and free, in-home training of eligible candidates’ dogs as service animals. We focus on veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and limited mobility. Services are also provided to civilians determined to be disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act.Veterans receive priority for funding and training. We train Service Dogs for individuals suffering from disabilities in order to mitigate the symptoms and to improve the quality of their lives.
Give Us Paws is committed to evidence-based training methods and to training service dogs to a high level of reliability that their handlers can depend on. We train in the most efficient manner possible, making sure our trainers are skilled in using positive reinforcement to build the behaviors people with disabilities need and that make our service dogs safe and reliable in public.
Give Us Paws trains dogs to assist those with disabilities to improve the quality of their lives. More importantly than teaching the dog, we teach handlers to train their dogs. Give Us Paws is committed to working with the handlers and dogs as they learn to work together as a team.
There are thousands of returning veterans suffering from PTSD having issues adjusting to normal life. The VA does not supply any funding for the training or care for service animals of veterans with PTSD and there's a large gap that needs to be filled with extremely limited resources.
*We are not currently training Diabetic Alert Dogs
My name is Cory and I served in the Army for 10 years where I achieved the rank of E-6. I was twice deployed to Afghanistan and I earned many commendations while serving, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal. It became quite clear to me that having a Service Dog would be an extraordinary asset to my family af ...more...moreWe are beyond excited to announce the official launch of our crowdfunding campaign! Building on the successes of our training teams, we are raising money to expand our ability to change lives. It's a lofty goal, but we know there are lots of people willing to help.Please go to ...more