Shelter teaches dogs new tricks in hopes of finding them homes

Lady (Courtesy: Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter)

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Turns out you can teach an older dog new tricks. Lady, a pit-bull terrier mix, spent over 500 days in the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS), before becoming certified for K9 Nose Work.

The shelter hopes 5-year-old Lady will now have a greater chance of finding a forever home. Saving 90-percent of animals that cross through their doors, the WCRAS unveiled the new training program hoping to open up adoption opportunities for animals who are having a hard time finding homes.

K9 Nose Work aims to develop dog’s natural smelling abilities by using their sense of smell to hunt for toys, and food. To receive her certification, Lady entered a room that contained 12 boxes. She was tasked with the job of locating certain smells in the boxes.

Certified K9 Nose Work instructor, Julie Kay Locke, said “It’s a phenomenal way for a dog to have fun, build confidence, overcome environmental challenges, and use more critical thinking while burning mental and physical energy, and it all starts with a box!”

You can adopt Lady at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in Georgetown! Call 512-943-3322 or visit the shelter’s website if you’re interested.

For more information on K9 Nose Work visit their website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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