In recent years, there have been stories of shootings by police officers in Texas and across the country. 

A House Bill 593 has the potential to keep that from happening to your pet and it's already moving through Texas legislature. 

House members gave preliminary approval to the bill that would make it mandatory for Texas officers to go through canine encounter training. 

This comes after a young Fort Worth officer fatally shot a border collie last year, the officer was afraid of dogs and never had training to deal with one out in the field. 

"I know how my dogs behave, other people can be intimidated if they aren't familiar with my dog specifically or dogs in general and I'd hate for something to happen to my dog because somebody didn't know," says dog owner, Kat Lowry. 

Under the bill, officers would have to complete at least four hours of dog encounter training, including knowing body language of a dog, types of aggression, and how to approach a dog. 

The bill is gaining approval from several dog owners. 

"I think it would benefit the officers as well as the public that they serve because our dogs are part of our family, they're important to us," says Lowry.

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Lily was shot and killed on May 26, 2012, by a Fort Worth police officer who had never received training to deal with his fear of dogs.
Enlarge photo by: Cindy Boling

Lily was shot and killed on May 26, 2012, by a Fort Worth police officer who had never received training to deal with his fear of dogs.

On a May afternoon nearly three years ago, Mark and Cindy Boling were unloading groceries from their truck when a young Fort Worth police officer responding to a nearby burglary mistakenly walked down their driveway.

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On a May afternoon nearly three years ago, Mark and Cindy Boling were unloading groceries from their truck when a young Fort Worth police officer responding to a nearby burglary mistakenly walked down their driveway.

When the Bolings’ 5-year-old border collie, Lily, ran to greet him, the officer pulled out his gun and shot the dog.

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Best way to train farm dogs has lessons for all dog training
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  • September 2, 2014
41 minutes ago by Verity Leatherdale

Dogs provided with the best living conditions and kinder training methods are giving the best results in the workplace, according to a new study of farm dogs from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science.

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