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Paul Poulos


Paul is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran, a Full-Time Police Officer, and the President of the Paw Platoon Dog Rescue. Paul has been involved with Dog Rescue ever since he and his wife Jen adopted their beloved Doberman, Gavin, who passed away only two short years after joining their family. This set Paul on the path to becoming more involved with Dog Rescue, and ultimately co-founding the Paw Platoon. Through rescuing Dogs and assisting them with their growth, both physically and mentally, Paul has amassed a vast amount of experience. 

At one point, while working through some disagreements between two of his own Dogs, Paul met Katie Costello and was introduced to a glimpse inside a Dog’s mind. From that point on, under the instruction and leadership of Katie, Paul has sought to learn and understand the complete dog, and its interaction with the rest of the world. 

Paul has trained over a thousand people between Military, Civilian, and Law Enforcement instructional positions, and he utilizes the similarities between the Human and Canine mind to achieve an understanding of your Dog’s behavior, what drives your Dog’s actions, and how these can be shaped to make your Dog happier, healthier, and well adjusted. 

Paul’s broad spectrum of life and career experience make his classes different from what you may be used to, and will bring you and your Dog a sense of accomplishment. Expect to laugh, have fun, learn, and be proud of your Dog! 

Paul and Jen have worked with fearful/feral Dogs, including one of their own Dogs, “Brother,” who was born and lived on the streets for 2 years and is now rehabilitated and socialized living it up at the Paw Platoon Headquarters. 

Paul lives with his wife, Jen, and their 6 rescue Dogs:

  • Homer — an Alaskan Malamute/Golden Retriever

  • Olive — a Rottweiler/Chinook/Poodle

  • Macy — a Blue Doberman Pinscher

  • Luke — a German Shorthaired Pointer/Plott Hound

  • Brother — a feral Rottweiler/Retriever

  • And last but not least, Jade — a German Shepherd who you may have heard of due to her being abused, neglected, and missing her nose

Paul also shares space with 4 rescue Cats — Shawn, Shane, Norman, and Laney. 


We don’t train Dogs, we train people to train their own Dogs. I cannot train your Dog for you, but what I can do is give you the tools, knowledge, and mindset, and together, we will take your Dog where he or she deserves to be. So lace up those boots and let’s train some Dogs!
— Paul

Tara Sollman