New police dog sniffs out trouble on campus


The newest member of the UNT Health Science Center Police Department is already on the job, sniffing out trouble and helping keep the campus safe.

Meet Bux, a 90-pound German Shepherd dually trained in patrol skills and in detecting explosives.

“He loves to work,” said Officer Oscar Rodriguez, Bux’s handler and caretaker.

The 3-year-old canine officer is a graduate of the U.S. K9 Training Academy in Louisiana.

“We are proud to introduce Bux as the newest member of our department,” Police Chief Gary Gailliard said. “We anticipate many years of dedicated service.”

When walking through buildings, Bux is constantly alert for the odors of an explosive. If he finds anything suspicious, he will stop and smell. If Bux sits down, Rodriguez knows to investigate.

They have a tight partnership. Even after a 12-hour shift, Rodriguez spends five hours each day, seven days a week, training Bux on stopping intruders, patrol skills, finding explosives and obedience.

“It’s hard work, but it’s a privilege to do it,” Rodriguez said.

When not working, Bux enjoys a little social time with passersbys. But Rodriguez asks that everyone asks permission before petting Bux. After all, Bux is a working dog, and his handler doesn’t want him to get in the habit of approaching strangers, expecting them to be friendly.


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