Karen B. London
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Suspect Tells Police Dog To Sit
Man ends up in jail
Guess what? Only police officers are supposed to tell police dogs what to do.

When a Gainesville man was pulled over for playing his car stereo excessively loud, his reaction was to act out, yell profanities, and generally disrespect the police officers. When officers brought a drug-sniffing police dog to the scene, the man continued to behave badly. Specifically, he gave commands such as “sit” to the police dog, which is considered interfering with a working police animal and is against the law.

The dog was temporarily distracted from his duties, but resumed his search and found evidence of marijuana in the car. In addition to being in trouble for his behavior towards the police dog, the suspect was charged with disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, and refusal to sign the citations related to violating city noise and window tint ordinances.


Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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