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Good dogs coming to Hudson Badlands

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The Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association is bringing its 28th annual Labor Day stock dog trial to Hudson Aug. 30-Sept. 2. The sheep herding competition will feature some of the country’s best stock dogs and dog handlers. The judge is 11-time USBCHA National Champion, Alasdair MacRae of Vichy, Mo.

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The event is open to the public at Badlands Sno-park, 772 Kinney Road. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Over 80 dogs and handlers from seven states will compete at the Badlands Sheep Dog trial. Spectators will see dogs working off verbal and whistle commands at distances of up to 500 yards from their handlers to safely move sheep through a course designed to simulate ranch work. The art of controlling and moving sheep using a dog is an old-world skill that technology has not improved upon. Modern advances make it tempting to think that new is always better but when it comes to moving livestock, the high-tech world offers nothing more efficient or effective than a well-trained dog.

Admission to the event is $7, children under 10 are free. There will be indoor shelter and food for sale. Attendees are advised to bring lawn chairs.

For more information, go to www.wwsda.org.

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