National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®

Official NACSW™

ODOR RECOGNITION TESTS

Odors Tested: Birch, Anise, Clove

Date: Saturday May 14, 2021

Test Location: Pillager Fairgrounds, 207 E Second St S, Pillager MN 56473

Test Host: Nose 2 Tail Dog Training

Certifying Official: Sharon Middendorf

Judge: Jenifer Watters

Entry Cost: $35 per dog per odor

Number of Entries: Limited to 100 tests

Event attendees are required to adhere to the NACSW COVID-19 Event Guidelines and Rules

In addition to those guidelines the following changes and guidelines are in effect for this ORT due to COVID-19.

Competitors are asked to remain in their vehicles as much as possible. Running of vehicles is permitted. Competitors are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

If there are any changes or updates that information will be included in your final details information that will be emailed 1-2 weeks before the ORT weekend.  Participants are responsible for staying up to date on any jurisdictional requirements for their home location as well as the trial location including any travel guidance.  

 ORT ENTRY INFORMATION

Opening Date: Thursday March 29, 2022  at 11:00 am CST

Entries Close: Monday May 9, 2022 at 5:00 pm CST

Entry method – First received by USPS Mail.
Mail to – Nose 2 Tail Dog Training, 5500 Sweet Rd, Brainerd MN 56401
Overnight deliveries must have the signature waived box checked.

Second Dog Policy – Two dogs per handler for each odor tested.

ORT Registration/ Entry Form – ORT Entry Form

$35 per odor per dog 

Please fill out a separate registration form for each dog to be tested, indicating which odor/odors you would like the dog to be tested on.

Entries

  • Telephone, FAX, unsigned entries, and entries received without fees  cannot be accepted.
    • Returned checks do not constitute a valid entry fee. A charge of $25.00 will be made for each returned check.
    • Entries must be made on the attached entry form.
    • No entry shall be made and no entry shall be accepted, which specifies any conditions as to its acceptance. 
    • Owners are responsible for errors in making out entry forms.
    • EXPRESS MAIL entries must include signature permitting them to be left at the secretary’s address without recipient’s signature.

Notification Acknowledgement of entry acceptance/CONFIRMATION will be made when entries are processed for those handlers that provide an email address. If you require a confirmation via USPS, you must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with your entry.

TEST Information – Notice to Exhibitors
Test Site Hours  9:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Check-in TBA in final confirmation email sent out one week before ORT
Handler Briefing TBA in final confirmation email

Entry Requirements

A Qualified Entry is one that meets all the following criteria:

  1. Complete entry during the specified entry time frame.
  2. The Handler is a NACSW member for the 2021-2022 membership year (8/1/21- 7/31/22).
  3. The Dog is registered with the NACSW.
  4. Dogs participating in an Odor Recognition Test (ORT) must be at least six months of age.

For information on how to register or become a member go to www.NACSW.net

 

Trial Eligibility and ORTs

An ORT must be taken and passed at least 14 days before a trial opening date to be eligible for the first draw period.


Basic Description of the Test

To successfully pass an ORT a dog must identify the location of the target odor and the handler must correctly call an “alert” within a three-minute time period. The Odor Recognition Test consists of a drill type exercise which requires 12 closed boxes set up in a pattern of one or two rows, spaced a minimum of 48” apart. The ORT is conducted on leash. Complete information can be obtained on the NACSW website.

All exhibitors should obtain and review a copy of the NACSW K9 NOSE WORK® RULE BOOK. You may get it from their website: www.NACSW.net

No dog will be given more than one space in the same odor test at a single event.

Results

During the odor re-sets, the official results sheet will be brought out to the parking area for testers to photo or review. We recommend you verify your results on the official results sheet and let your host or judge know if you have any questions regarding your results. 

CANCELLATION POLICY

The following cancellation policy applies: For cancellations of entries on or before 5 p.m. CST May 7, 2022 – Full refund minus a $15 processing fee.  For cancellation of entries after 5 p.m. CST May 7, 2022 – no refunds will be issued.

All cancelations must be emailed to nose2taildogtraining@gmail.com  

Entry fees shall not be refunded if a dog or handler is absent, disqualified, or excused by the NACSW official or judge.

This cancellation and refund policy applies to competitors that must withdraw for any reason including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons.

If the ORT cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, or any other cause beyond the control of the test organizers, then the ORT host will make their best effort to provide partial refunds after recouping their expenses.


LOCATION DETAILS

Test Site Hours

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Details regarding check in time and briefing will be sent approximately 1 week before the ORT.

Site Specific Conditions

This ORT test is at a meeting hall located at the Pillager Fairgrounds. The parking lot is dirt and grass and the pathway to and from the parking lot to the test area may require you to navigate uneven terrain.  The flooring in the test area is a sealed concrete floor.  Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, the expected test area, parking, and/or pathways may be modified at the last minute.

Reactive Dog Parking

There will not be reactive dog parking at this test.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.

Unentered Dogs

Unentered dogs must remain in the competitor’s vehicle during the test day. There will be ample potty areas, but unentered dogs should not be allowed to “play”, exercise, or train on the test grounds. 

RV Parking

There is space for RVs to park in the competitor parking area during the test day. To reserve a space, you will need to contact the host after you receive a confirmation that you have received a space in the test. Email nose2taildogtraining@gmail.com to reserve RV space. No overnight RV parking is available.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.

Hotels

Some motels may require dog deposits. Please check on dog policies as policies do change. Please clean up after your dog — do not leave dogs unattended in motel rooms. We are guests in their space and need to make certain that dogs are always welcome at their facilities. 

Holiday Inn Express…………………………….………………………………… (218) 824-3232 

15739 Audubon Way, Baxter MN 56425 

Baymont Inn & Suites………………………….………………………………… (218) 822-1133 

7208 Fairview Rd N, Baxter MN 56425 

Super 8………………………………………….………………………………… (218) 828-4288 

14341 Edgewood Dr N, Baxter MN 56425

DOG INFORMATION

Dog Policies

  • All dogs must be on a 6’ leash at all times when not being tested. NO flexi-leashes while not participating in a test.
  • Reactive and/or spatially challenged dogs should wear a red bandana (to be provided by the dog’s handler) to help signal others that the dog needs extra space from other dogs.
  • Dogs will be toileted in designated areas and handlers must pick-up and dispose of waste.
  • Dogs and handlers must stay in designated areas to avoid contaminating testing space, interrupting a test, or from viewing any part of the testing.
  • Competitors should expect to keep their dogs confined in a crate or vehicle when not testing and should plan to provide their own shade using canopies or shade cloths. 
  • Refer to location details (above) for information on unentered dogs.

 Females in Season

Will be allowed to run wearing “pants” at the very end of the running orders after all other dogs have been judged. Females in season will be parked and pottied in areas separate from the other dogs while at the test if the location logistics permit. Handlers must contact nose2taildogtraining@gmail.com so plans can be made for the dog.

OTHER INFORMATION

ADA Requests

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request accommodation(s), please email ADA@nacsw.net.  Please include your name, ORT date, ORT host name, and your requested accommodation(s).

Spectators
To minimize the number of people on site, anyone not volunteering, competing, or officiating should stay home except in the case where someone requires support to travel to the event. Spectating is currently not allowed. An adult accompanying a minor must be present during the searches.
Everyone at the test site must sign the waiver provided by the host and comply with all event requirements. 

Participants are not allowed to watch the testing at any time.

Veterinarians

Animal Care Center

6763 Foley Rd S

Baxter MN 56425

218-822-6000

Lakeland Animal Hospital

7372 Woida Rd N

Baxter, MN 56425

218-297-6008

Rules

Complete rules are available at www.NACSW.net. It is the responsibility of each competitor to read and understand the current NACSW™ Rule book prior to participating in a NACSW event.

Liability

By registering for the ORT Test, the competitor hereby assumes all risks of, and responsibility for, accidents and/or damage to her/himself or to her/his property or to others, resulting from the actions of her/his dog. The competitor expressly agree that the NACSW, Nose 2 Tail Dog Training and its assignees or any other person, or persons, of said groups, shall not be held liable personally, or collectively, under any circumstances, for injury, and/or damage to her/himself, for loss or injury to property, whether due to uncontrolled dogs or negligence of any member of said groups, or any other cause, or causes. The competitor also agrees to assume all financial liability that may be incurred by the NACSW due to the actions of themselves or their dogs regardless of the cause.

Sportsmanship
All competitors/handlers and spectators are expected to follow the rules of the NACSW and demonstrate good sportsmanship. This includes making sure the hide placements are unknown to the handler prior to testing and kept secret from other competitors. Please do not discuss hide placement or any details of a dog’s performance that may provide information or clues to other handlers or may be overheard.

Questions
All Test related questions, contact Nose 2 Tail Dog Training, nose2taildogtraining@gmail.com