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ORT Premium

National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®

Official NACSW™



Odors Tested: Birch, Anise, Clove


Date: Saturday, January 6, 2024


Test Location: Clear Lake Grange, 1510 Big Valley Road, Lakeport, CA 95453


Test Host: Alison J. Herrold, CNWI

Test Host Contact Info: Alison Herrold,

Certifying Official: Betsy Ramsey, CNWI


Judge: Chris Clifford, CNWI


Entry Cost: $30


Number of Entries: 50-90


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





Opening Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 9:00 a.m.. PST

Entries Close: Friday, December 8, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. PST or when entry limits have been met


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


Entry Method


  • Entry fees must be paid via PayPal (no PayPal account is required).

  • 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.


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 2023-2024 membership year (8/1/23- 7/31/24).

  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

The ORT Title must be earned at least 14 days before a trial opening date to be eligible for the first draw period.

All odors must be passed in order to earn the ORT title.  It is not required that they all be passed at the same test.


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


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 typically set up in a pattern of two rows, spaced a minimum of 48” apart. The ORT is conducted on leash. Complete information can be obtained on the NACSW website.  Handlers may test on all 3 odors at the same event.


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.




The following cancellation policy applies:


  • For cancellation of entries on or before 5:00 p.m. PST on December 27, 2023—Full refund minus $5.00 processing fee

  • For cancellation of entries after 5:00 p.m. PST on December 27, 2023, until 5:00 p.m. PST on January 2, 2024—50% refund will be issued if the host can fill your space. Please note: Due to time constraints, host may opt to not fill cancelled spaces and no refund will be issued.

  • No refunds will be issued after 5:00 p.m. on January 2, 2024.

  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations during the last 72 hours before the event or for no-shows.


All cancellations must be emailed to Alison Herrold 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 handlers that must withdraw for any reason including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons.


If the event 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 event organizers, then the event host will make their best effort to provide partial refunds after recouping their expenses.




ADA Site Specific Conditions

This test location is a grange hall. The pathways to the search areas may require you to navigate slightly uneven gravel and dirt terrain. There will be a short walk to the search area. The search area is inside the building on a wood floor. There are no stairs to negotiate.

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


Modeled after real-life detection work, NACSW events are held in many different locations, with a variety of terrain, under varying weather conditions. Dogs and handlers need to be able to safely negotiate a variety of surfaces, including, but not limited to, tile, linoleum, carpeting, gravel, asphalt, uneven surfaces, and slippery footing. Handlers should be prepared to deal with a variety of weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain and snow. Events frequently require covering extensive distances to get to and from the parking area to each of the search areas and generally require that this be done across natural, uneven surfaces. Handlers should be prepared for the physical demands and must be able to navigate the terrain with their dog accordingly. Handlers should expect to spend most of the day outside or in their vehicles as there are rarely indoor crating options at events. Please be prepared for you and your canine partner to deal with all of these varying environmental challenges. Handlers should familiarize themselves with potential regional risks and health concerns that may affect themselves or their dogs.  Handlers agree that they are entering this event at their own risk. 

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



The parking lot is gravel and dirt with no shade available.  


RV Parking

The parking lot is small and can’t handle vehicles that take up more than one standard parking space. Large RVs can’t be accommodated. No overnight parking is available. Please contact the Test Host Contact if you are unsure about parking.


Running Vehicles or Generators in the Parking Lot

The parking is tight at this location and running your vehicles or generators in the parking lot is not allowed at this event.


Reactive Dog Parking

There will not be specific reactive dog parking at this event.


Unentered Dogs

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



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


A list of area hotels and directions will be provided with entry confirmations.





Dog Policies

  • All dogs must be on a 6’ leash at all times when not searching. NO flexi-leashes while not participating in a search.

  • 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 search space, interrupting a search, or from viewing any part of the search.

  • Handlers should expect to keep their dogs confined in a crate or vehicle when not searching. The logistics of an event typically do not allow for dogs to hang out on leash in between searches. Handlers 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

Females in season will be allowed to run wearing “pants” at the very end of the day after all other dogs have tested. Handlers with females in season should park and toilet their dogs away from the other dogs if the location logistics permit. Handlers must email Alison Herrold at so plans can be made for the dog.


COVID-19 Information
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 test due to COVID-19.
There are currently no travel or mask restrictions for this area. If there are any significant changes or updates after the draw period, handlers will be notified via email. Handlers are responsible for staying up to date on any jurisdictional requirements for their home location as well as the event location including any travel guidance.


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).


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


By registering for the ORT Test, the handler 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 handler expressly agree that the NACSW, Alison J. Herrold 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 handler 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 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 searching and kept secret from other handlers. 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.

During the odor re-sets, the official results sheet will be brought out to the parking area for handlers 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. 


Additional guests of handlers are welcome, however spectating opportunities may be limited.

Please verify attendance policies with the Test Host Contact before bringing or inviting anyone not volunteering, handling, or officiating.


Spectators are reminded that the hide placements must not be discussed, nor should they speak with any handlers about what they saw until after the event is complete.

No dogs will be allowed in the spectator area. No unentered dogs with spectators are allowed at the event.

An adult accompanying a minor must be present during the searches.
Everyone at the site must sign the waiver provided by the host and comply with all event requirements.

Handlers are not allowed to watch the searches at any time.


Videotaping and Photography

If the site allows public video to be taken, handlers may wear visible head or chest cameras to record their searches. You will not be allowed extra time at the start line to get your camera functioning. Please be sure it is ready to go prior to arriving at the search area. At ORTs, handlers may bring a spectator to video or photograph their searches. Videos may not be made public until completion of the event day.



Anyone who is not testing is welcome to volunteer. If you know of someone who would like to volunteer, please have them contact Alison Herrold at with questions.
Your time and effort are GREATLY appreciated!


Emergency Veterinary Hospital

The closest emergency veterinarians to the event location:


Wasson Memorial Veterinary Clinic

3083 Hwy 175

Lakeport, CA 95453

8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Main Street Veterinary Clinic

2530 South Main Street

Lakeport, CA 95453

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


All Test related questions, contact Alison Herrold at


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

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