Shaughnessy, Paul

Paul Shaughnessy founded Excel K-9 Services, Inc. in 2001 and it now consists of a staff of working law enforcement K-9 trainers. Paul 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 is now retired from law enforcement after 16 years of service.

Paul 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 (NAPWDA), the largest police service dog organization in the United States.


Class: K-9 Selection, Imprinting, Search Patterns, Communication & Full Overview of Starting & Finishing a Detection K-9

The goal of this training course is to give you, the handler, some insight of ways to condition your dog to conduct a productive search pattern through the use of training aid placement. The class includes lecture, video & handouts.

This presentation will cover:

  • Selection of the detection dog
  • Imprinting the detection dog
  • Creating solid foundation