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 PTS (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 an eight to twelve-month training program which requires the completion of three group training courses and customized, one-on-one, disability-specific training with one of our trainers for at least 1 hour/week and reinforcement 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 training of eligible candidates' dogs as assistance animals. We focus on veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST),Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and limited mobility. Subsidized 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 handlers 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 setting service dog training standards 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 to make their service dogs safe and reliable in public.
Give Us Paws helps train Service Dogs to assist their disabled handlers to improve the quality of their lives. 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 PTS having issues adjusting to normal life. The VA does not supply any funding for the training or care for service animals of veterans with PTS and there's a large gap that needs to be filled with extremely limited resources.
*We are not currently training Diabetic Alert Dogs