National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®
Official NACSW™
ODOR RECOGNITION TESTS
 
Odors Tested:

Birch, Anise and Clove

Date:

Sunday April 3, 2022

Test Location:
  Disabled American Veterans Hall
 6543 Corbin Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Test Host:
 Pink Biscuit K9s

Test Secretary:
 Deann Hobson
 Pinkbiscuitk9s@gmail.com

Certifying Official:
Barbara Schwerdt

Judge:
Melissa Casanova

Entry Cost:
 $38 per dog per odor

Number of Entries:

125
To keep groups small at this time, we are splitting the ORT into two groups. One group will run in the morning and one in the afternoon


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.
All attendees (competitors and volunteers) will be required to bring and wear face masks when not in your vehicle. Competitors are asked to remain in their vehicles as much as possible. 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 February 3, 2022 at 9 AM Pacific Time

At this time both sessions are full. 




Entries Close:
Wednesday March 30, 2022 at 9 AM Pacific Time or When entry limits have been met

Second Dog Policy:
No Second Dog, one dog per handler

Entry Method
Entry will be online only.

***Notification***

Once you sign up for a session above, you will be notified within 5 days by email with instructions on how to pay or if there is a wait list your standing position number on the wait list.

Acknowledgement of entry acceptance/confirmation will be made by email when entries are processed and will include a link to pay your registration fee for the test. Payment will also be online via PayPal (no account needed). Your payment receipt and notification are confirmation of your completed entry.

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

Entry Requirements
A Qualified Entry is one that meets all the following criteria:
Complete entry during the specified entry time frame.
The Handler is a NACSW member for the 2021-2022 membership year (8/1/21- 7/31/22).
The Dog is registered with the NACSW.
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 cancellation of entries on or before 5 PM Pacific Time March 21, 2022 – Full refund minus $8 processing fee. For cancellation of entries after 5 PM Pacific Time March 21, 2022 – no refunds will be issued.    
Notification of cancellations must be emailed to Pinkbiscuitk9s@gmail.com.
Entry Fees shall not be refunded in the event that a dog 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, COVID, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons.

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

LOCATION DETAILS
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 banquet hall. The test floor is polished linoleum. The parking lot is aged paved asphalt. From the parking lot to the test area is level with minor uneven concrete walkways.  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 Pinkbiscuitk9s@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.

Running Vehicles or Generators in the parking lot
Running your vehicles or generators in the parking lot is not allowed 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.

Smoking
Smoking is not allowed on this test site, including the use of e-cigarettes

Hotels
A list of area hotels are available here: HOTELS

 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 day after all other dogs have tested. 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 Pinkbiscuitk9s@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
Due to jurisdictional COVID-19 requirements, we need to restrict attendance at our event. Please leave guests at home. Contact the host at: Pinkbiscuitk9s@gmail.com if you REQUIRE someone to attend with you for assistance.

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

ACCESS San Fernando Valley
20051 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 887-2262
Open 24 Hours

Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital
3580 Willow Lane
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
805.495.4671
Open 24 Hours


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, Pink Biscuit K9s, Deann Hobson, Dawn Mrando 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 Deann Hobson, Pinkbiscuitk9s@gmail.com