Meet the Team

John Poland

Master Trainer/Founding Trainer

John started with Nashville K-9 in 2006 and has advanced his way into training multiple police, search and rescue and personal protection dogs. A native of Kingston, TN, John graduated from the University of Tennessee. He’s one of Nashville K-9’s three Pet First Aid Instructors certified by the American Red Cross.

John donates his time back to the community by handling a Labrador Retriever he rescued named Mazda on the Davidson County Rescue Squad K-9 Unit and the Overton County Rescue Squad K-9 Unit. He also enjoys IDPA competitive shooting.


  • Obedience Trainer, Decoy, Helper
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS/FEMA) certified ICS 100, 200, 700, 800b
  • K-9 Mazda (Labrador Retriever, Black), SAR Wilderness Trailing


  • University of Tennessee 2005
  • Originally From: Kingston, TN
  • Authorized Pet First Aid Instructor, American Red Cross

Member Of

  • Member, Davidson County Rescue Squad K-9 SAR
  • Member, Overton County Rescue Squad K-9 SAR
  • Member, Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads
  • Member, Homeland Security Task Force 4