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National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®


Official NACSW™




Odors Tested:

Birch, Anise, Clove



Saturday, December 17, 2022, 9:00 am


Test Location:

Columbia Canine Sports Center, 4506 Interstate 70 Drive, SE, Columbia, MO 65201


Test Host:

Kathy Echols


Test Secretary:

Elizabeth Dinkins


Certifying Official:

Virginia Huxley



Kevin West (#427)


Entry Cost:

$30 per odor tested


Number of Entries:



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

If there are any changes or updates that information will be included in your final details information that will be emailed 1 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.




Opening Date: Monday, October 3, 2022, at 9:00 am CDT

Entries Close: December 9, 2022, at 5:00 pm CDT or when entry limits have been met

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


Entry Method

Online Only, payment via PayPal only.



Acknowledgement of entry acceptance/confirmation will be made by email 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. Your payment receipt and notification is confirmation of your completed entry.



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 2022-2023 membership year (8/1/22- 7/31/23).

  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


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:


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



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.



For cancellation of entries on or before 5 pm CDT, December 9, 2022 – Full refund minus $5 processing fee. For cancellation of entries after 5 pm CDT, December 9, 2022 – a refund will only be issued if a note is provided from a doctor or veterinarian.

All cancellations must be emailed to Elizabeth Dinkins at


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.




Test Site Hours

7:00 am to 30 minutes after the last dog tested.


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


Site Specific Conditions

The site will be inside on a rubber floor. There is a sloped driveway going to and from the ORT search area.


Reactive Dog Parking

There will not be reactive dog parking at this test.


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

No overnight RV parking is available.


Running Vehicles or Generators in the parking lot

There is ample parking, and we will have a separate parking area for those wishing to run their vehicles or generators during the day.


Crating Options

Participants should be prepared to crate out of their car.



Smoking is not allowed on this test site, including the use of e-cigarettes, per City of Columbia ordinance.





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 Elizabeth Dinkins at so plans can be made for the dog




ADA Requests

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



Space permitting, spectating will be allowed per ORT guidelines as outlined in the rule book. The ORT Certifying Official has the right to limit spectators at their discretion. ORT participants may have a friend or family member video/photograph their test. ORT participants may not video/photograph one another. Children under 18 must always be directly supervised by a parent/guardian. No dogs will be allowed in the spectator area. No unentered dogs with spectators are allowed at the trial. Spectators are reminded that the hide placements must not be discussed, nor should they speak with any participants about what they saw until after the test is complete.

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.


University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center

900 E. Campus Drive

Columbia MO 65201



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



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 agrees that the NACSW, Columbia Canine Sports Center, LLC, 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.



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.



All Test related questions, contact Kathy Echols at or Elizabeth Dinkins at

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