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Perhaps its a local thing?
Otherwise, they were probably just blowing smoke to get the dude to beat it.
Here and in most areas that I'm aware of as long as you have proper control and containment of you'r dog, there is no issue. The only situation that involves formal temperment testing that I am aware of are for a) dogs that are in shelters and being considered for adoptable or not to the public- like you've seen on Animal Planet. b) Dogs that have already bitten or have recieved complaints about being aggressive and allowed to run at large. If they feel the bite was unprovoked and testing supports this, they can euthanize the dog. If dog is just aggressive with no incident all they can do is plead with you to get rid of it or fine you for improper containment.

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Sometimes you pull out anything you can to get a situation controlled. You never know whether it was the officer or the individual with the dog who was out of line.

The best defense you have against a bully officer is to know the laws, but again, sometimes as an officer you do what it takes to keep a situation from escalating.

It would have been interesting to know what the officer would have done if the guy had agreed to the "temperment testing". THAT could have gotten ugly or embarassing....depending who was bluffing. :oops:

-Kristina
 
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