This weekend, you won't have to travel all the way to Orlando International Airport to meet a trained detection dog.
Volunteer UCF will be assisting the University of Doglando activity center for dogs in its K-9 Nose Work Trial this Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"K-9 Nose Work is based on the methods used by law-enforcement to train drug/explosive detection dogs; however, the sport is intended solely for companion dogs," according to the event synopsis on Knight Connect.
The K-9 Nose Work Trial is sanctioned by the National Association of Canine Scent Work and involves UCF student volunteers who as act as gate marshalls, runners, hospitality monitors, box-setters and more.
"There will approximately be about 70 dogs and dog handlers there throughout the weekend and apparently people are coming from all around the country for this event, so it should be pretty big," said Daniel Kleiman, VUCF's animal awareness director.
The event is also being held Saturday but VUCF is only participating on Sunday.
Participants will meet at the Lake Claire pavilion at 6:30 a.m. to sign in and carpool. Closed-toed shoes are required and volunteers are recommended to bring a snack along.
"I just hope people get a better understanding of the process that goes into training dogs to smell drugs and bombs ... I think it will be a really cool opportunity to actually see this happening. I think it's a really cool, unique event most people don't get to participate in, so it should be really interesting and fun to watch," Kleiman said.
Alex Wexelman is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.