Established in 1965, HAWS assists over 6,000 animals and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors annually. As an "open admissions" shelter we lead the community in animal welfare and assure sanctuary for all animals in need, regardless of age, health or temperament. HAWS is a non-profit, entirely donor-fund organization with an active humane education program, and both wildlife and companion animal rescue services for Waukesha County.
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We have a really neat activity happening at HAWS this Saturday, a K9 Nose Work "Mock Trial."
K9 Nose Work is just what you think - dogs doing scent tracking and targeting. Not only are nose work dogs used for search and rescue and crime investigation, but the practice has also become a sport for enthusiasts of any type of breed.
From the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) website:
"K9 Nose Work is the specific sport created and sanctioned by the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). This sport was inspired by the training methodology of detection K9s and borrows elements of that training for recreation. The terms nose work, fun nose work, scent work, search work are all commonly used references to describe any activity where the dog is using its nose to locate a target scent or odor. K9 Nose Work is the term that defines this detection inspired sport that has evolved from the pursuit of many dogs (with their handlers) to practice nose work and have fun."
On the HAWS grounds this Saturday, July 14, from 4-8pm, nosework students and their handlers will be conducting an exercise to practice their skills before they do a real trial.
The public is welcome to attend and view the dogs at work, HOWEVER, spectators must remain quiet and not interfere with the search activities. (Not your typical sporting event, for sure!)
For more information on K9 Nose Work, or if your dog is a nose work student and you would like to join in the mock trial, contact Laura Yurchak, laura@lovingpawsllc or 262-652-0652.
By the way - Central Bark of New Berlin is hosting "Open Gym for HAWS" this Sunday, July 15! Bring your dog for playtime between 4:30 - 7:00pm and also meet a few darling HAWS' adoptable pups. Admission is $5/dog - proceeds benefit HAWS. Dogs must be spayed/neutered and current on vaccinations. NBCB is located at 2105 S. 170th St., New Berlin. Call them at 262-785-0444, or contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!