Company Profile

Excel K-9 Services, Inc. was founded in 2001 by Paul Shaughnessy and now consists of a staff of working Law Enforcement K-9 Trainers. Our Training Facility and Kennel is located in Hiram, Ohio. Our Facility includes a fully heated and air conditioned indoor / outdoor kennel, Grooming Room, Classroom and lodging that includes a full kitchen and Wi-Fi. On site we have a 21 Obstacle Agility Course, Vehicles for Detection Work, Tracking and Article Search Areas, and a Shooting Range. We also have a field office located in greater Los Angeles California. Our Staff includes: four trainers, one kennel manager and several kennel and school Assistants. We are very proud of our trainers that have received national accreditation. This approach brings real world experience to every training session.

Paul is now retired from law enforcement after 16 years of service. Paul held the rank of Sergeant and was responsible for his department's K-9 unit. Paul continues to serve as the unit's trainer.

He has trained and assisted in the training of hundreds canines that are currently being used in law enforcement around the world. He has received over 3,500 hours of instruction from a variety of nationally and internationally recognized trainers of police service dogs. He also has extensive training in drug interdiction and identification and urban community policing as well as Counter-Terrorism Interdiction and Identification.

Paul received Handler and Trainer Certificates from a Nationally Accredited and Recognized K-9 Academy and has received Master Trainer Accreditation in Utility Dogs, Narcotic Detection and Explosive Detection Dogs with the North American Police Work Dog Association, the largest Police Service Dog Organization in the United States. Paul is also a member of several other state and national associations. Also, as an Evaluator for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, Paul has tested and certified numerous dog teams throughout the state of Ohio. He continues to update his personal training by attending seminars and workshops throughout the country and working with nationally and internationally recognized dog trainers, veterinarians, animal behaviorist and local, state and federal law enforcement professionals.



Paul has been working with K-9's since 1993 and was partnered with two Patrol /Narcotics Detection Dogs. He founded Excel K-9 Services, Inc. with a sincere dedication to provide comprehensive K-9 training, and the development of superior K-9 teams. Excel K-9 strives to insure that, upon the completion of basic training, the handler and dog team will have the confidence to be successful in every deployment. We are available to any and all K-9 handlers who need thorough on-going training and departments or organizations that need advanced in-service training seminars on k-9 and other subjects related to law enforcement.


Paul Shaughnessy was a field sergeant and officer in charge of his 150 member department's K-9 Unit that currently consists of three police service dog teams which serve a diverse urban community. He was responsible for all training and deployment issues. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Administrative Leadership School and a graduate of SWAT Operator's School and served as the supervisor of the department's full time SWAT Unit. Paul has also planned and executed a numerous tactical operations with a variety of local, state and federal agencies. Paul also has extensive courtroom testimony experience and has instructed continuing Education Classes for the Ohio Bar Association, Ohio Bailiffs Association, Police / Security Academies and countless Civic Organizations about Police Service Dog related topics. In addition to providing Police Service Dog training, Paul has extensive experience training civilian dogs in Basic and Advanced Obedience, Family Protection, Agility, Tracking, Civilian Search and Rescue and Therapy Dog Training. Excel K-9 Services also provides behavior modification training for dogs that have aggression or other behavior problems. Paul and his staff specialize in in-home training sessions, which is the best way to address behavior problems in companion dogs.

Excel K-9 Services Inc. provides Executive Family Protection K-9 Training for select clientele. There are three separate levels of training available visit our Executive Family Protection Page for more information regarding our services.

Excel K-9 Services also provides Narcotic and Explosive Detection Services to public and private organizations and is available to respond around the world to meet our client's needs. All of Excel K-9 Services are available to our clients here at our local facilities or on site training and deployment is available anywhere worldwide. We look forward to meeting your needs.





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