Chico, a 7-year-old German Sheperd originally from Bulgaria, has been in the St. Paul Police Force for six years and came to our annual Neighborhood block party, much to the delight of children and adults alike. Chico played tug-o-war with the kids, but despite his strength, he was very, very gentle. Very obedient; he obeyed commands immediately. Most of the police dogs in our city come from breeders in eastern Europe, the Czech Republic especially. Officer David Pavlak has trained Chico very well and had a delightful way with the children. He answered their questions. instructed them how to approach strange dogs (first asking their parents for permission), and playfully involved them in approaching Chico. Having a dog that large and powerful around so many children would have made me a bit nervous but the officer had complete control. I felt a little apprehensive as Chico stared and then barked loudly at my camera, thinking it was just another toy (according to Pavlak).
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