Police Officer Soothes Dog Who Bit Him

“It’s about remaining calm, and thinking a problem through rather than overreacting.”

 

 

 

 

 

When a dog feels threatened and defensively attacks, there is a right way and a wrong way to react.  Officer Randall Frederick was bitten by a dog who believed she was protecting her small human from an intruder, and rather than hastily react by drawing his weapon and firing, he took the time to calm her down.

There are so many sad news stories involving cops acting cowardly and shooting dogs who spook them that we are often overwhelmed.  Little good seems to come from covering these stories, as they seldom serve any other purpose than saddening both our fans and ourselves.

Yes, it’s important to get the word out there so police know that we are paying attention and will not let their crimes go unpunished, but what’s more important is to pay respect to the officers who excel at their jobs and are the standard to which all others should be held.

Positive reinforcement works wonders on all, whether dog, child, or adult.  So that’s also why we are more than thrilled to share news of the good deeds that many officers do, in hopes that others will get the message that it is better for everyone if they conduct themselves admirably and be the kind of police they looked up to as children.

Last week, Geoff Wightman, his mother-in-law, and his four-year-old son were hanging out at home when a neighborhood disturbance forced him to call the police.  He alerted the dispatcher to the fact that his dog is highly protective of the house.  What took place between Jillaroo and Officer Frederick is best explained by the man who saw it with his own eyes:

 

 

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Today, I needed to file a report about a disturbance and the dispatcher who took my report said the patrolman would call before he arrived. We have one dog (an Australian Shepherd) who is very protective of my family.

When the officer arrived and rang the doorbell earlier than I expected, I ran downstairs, but my four year old son was already at the door with our dog. When my son opened the door and started to approach the Officer, the dog immediately put herself between him and the Officer and ended up biting the Officer twice on the leg – not viciously, but still creating bruises and breaking skin. The Officer was slowly backing up and trying to get her to calm down with outstretched hands. Luckily I was there an instant later and separated her.

The Officer then proceeded to take my report about the issue I had originally called about in a very calm and professional manner. I asked him if my dog got him and he said “Yeah a little – I am sorry I should have called first.” (He did not need to call or apologize at all). Protocol necessitated he call in the bite (understandable) so that Animal Control could take a report and do a rabies vaccination check and the standard 10 day in home quarantine – BUT that’s where it ended. The Officer did not strike back against my dog during the incident, did not act disproportionately, he did not file charges or wish her punished, but instead said “She was just doing her job.”

He was absolutely professional and trained and we thank him for it, as we know it could have turned out very differently. I am a grown man, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, and I am getting emotional over this. We love our sweet dog with all our heart but she is extremely protective, which is a quality in this day and age that is both bad and good with an outcome that always comes down to who is involved.

I tried to look up news stories where police officers had been bitten by dogs to glean some perspective, but all I saw were terrible stories where dogs were being tased and shot by the Police – sometimes with very ambiguous circumstances.

I want everyone to know that in Round Rock, TX we have some pretty darn fine police officers who do a job a lot of the time without much thanks or recognition. This little incident should show you what kind of caliber people we have protecting us and maybe they should get a little credit from time to time for doing things right that nationally seem to be very difficult. I will be shaking all RRPD Officers hands when I see them from now on.

 

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This is an excerpt from the letter Wightman sent to the Round Rock Police Department.  Officer Frederick received a commendation – a Chief’s CHIP Challenge coin – in recognition of his compassionate and intelligent response to the situation.

The department has a program called BARK (Be Aware of Residential K9s) that trains officers on how to understand dog behavior and body language, and how to respond to an aggressive dog.  Pet owners are encouraged to do their part by registering their dogs with the department so dispatchers can alert officers about what kinds of animals will be present before they arrive.

“We talk about different ways to approach animals, to try to keep them from being aggressive toward officers,” explained Commander Jim Stuart.  “And if they do get aggressive, [we talk about] how to de-escalate that.”

Nearly 1,000 households have registered their dogs, and other jurisdictions have become interested in the program, which also includes stickers for officers to give to people to put on their doors so officers will be aware they may potentially encounter aggressive dogs.  Cmdr. Stuart says Officer Frederick’s behavior is a good example for other police.

“It’s about remaining calm, and thinking a problem through rather than overreacting.”

 

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    1. if he was a black man the police will kill him why police officer are killing black people please do a better job stop killing black people

      1. You are a moron and your grammar is horrible. The police don’t set out to kill black people, but when their life is in danger they need to protect themselves somehow. Don’t categorize all police officers into a “racist” group without expecting others to categorize all black people into groups with bad reps.

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  2. You are a wonderful person!!! It is so good to have some of the stories with good cops!! Bet there are a whole lot of them out there!!!

  3. It is a nice story, and the cop should be commended for showing such reserve. But I wonder if the home owner was a person of color would the officer have been so understanding — I fear instead the dog would be dead and the owner maybe arrested. Sorry — that’s the current reality in many instances.

    We can hope though that other officers will be this cool in the face of such a situation.

    1. Why did you play the race card? Yes, sometime race plays a part in behavior, but it goes both ways. Nobody wants to mention that. I’m white and lived in an all black neighborhood. I rented a house, but never even thought to ask about neighbors. Looked like a nice neighborhood to me. It was a nice neighborhood, but some did not like us living there. I told my next door friend that I would move if it really was causing a problem for everyone. Luckily most all were ok with it and it turned out to be one of the best places we had rented. Personally, I judge each person on their behavior, NOT their color.

    2. The homeowner advised the emergency operator of the dog’s presence. Not having that information may have changed the outcome. Officer Frederick would still be himself. And I don’t see a reference to the homeowner’s color. But there could be a photo of him that just isn’t coming up for me to see.

    3. That is the dumbest you could come up with? I am “white” and my dog was shot for being a dog who barked at a female officer. She claimed she peppered the dog and it became aggressive so she shot him. The dog was CGC certified and spent time in a hospital on four separate occasions. This is an act of a good officer versa the bad ones. It is not about color as your racist self projects, because you are a racist and need therapy!

  4. Such a great story! So many unnecessary pet deaths can be avoided like this. However, calling an officer cowardly for also protecting himself is uncalled for. We know it’s not always a warning nip. We’ve all seen dog fights. Awareness, not condescension, is what we need here.

    1. Deux petites coquilles rectifiables:(1) Un « que » en trop: « qu’un autre [que] « a été frappé à plusieurs reprises sur le crâne par un policier… »(2) Une liaison entraînant un auxilaire mal venu, [sont] pour « ont » : « ils [sont] tout de suite mis le feu aux poubelles »

  5. Most Police Officers do just this – out of hundreds of thousands of Officers out there ALL day and night you only hear about the ones that didn’t. Many thugs keep their dogs unleashed/roaming around to warn them when someone is approaching – and while in the process of doing their already dangerous jobs the Police have to encounter that too! Many neighborhoods are like third world countries. Bless this man for his thoughtfulness and for allowing himself to be interviewed.

  6. Wonderful to see an officer think the situation through first. That shows an alert person who is willing to consider the possibilities with an open mind.

  7. if it were only the thugs dogs being shot.. that would be one thing (not that is it acceptable but if they are aggressive and not responding the officers have to protect themselves) .. but most of the time it is “oh sorry wrong house I think your dog barked at me” and they get shot.. I am thankful for the intelligent response of this officer! I am sure there are many many who don’t shoot our beloved pets.. but those who do need to be reprimanded and they very rarely are!

  8. Good to see but it was probably because it was a collie and not a dog that is classed as dangerous. Trouble is if you put most dogs in certain scenarios then they are likely to try and protect their owner, this is only what they believe is right. All dogs deserve a chance, only some will get it. 🙂

  9. YAY! Unlike the pos I read about in Kansas who shot the judge’s dog. You mean cops can actually think? Spread the word among your thin blue line, please.

  10. Wow!! A police officer who is an intelligent compassionate human being!! Please please can he teach his fellow officers what that means?

  11. Thank you for your patience and understanding. You are a one in a million officer that understands the nature of dogs. Thank you! ❤️?

  12. How can you put the word cowardly and police officer in the same sentence. As usual a few bad stories get turned into all cops. Remember, the only stories we ever see are bad stories. Rarely do we see a good spin on things. That is what needs to be reported on!! And Eric, how dare you make such a sorry statement! A few bad apples does not taint that whole bunch!

    1. i bit if he was a black man the officer will kill him the job is protected and served not killing please do a better job stop killing black people

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