Odor Recognition Test (ORT)


National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®

Official NACSW™
Odors Tested: Birch, Anise, Clove
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022
Test Location:  For Your K9 706 N. Industrial Drive Elmhurst, IL 60126
Test Host: For Your K9
Test Secretary: Noel Dagley at
No  Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) 
Certifying Official: Nancy Reyes
Judge: Tarja Ahlgren
Entry Cost: $30 per odor


Number of Entries: 100
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 1-2 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.
Opening Date: Monday, July 18, 2022 at 9AM CST
Entries Close: Monday, August 29, 2022 or When entry limits have been met at 9PM CST 
Second Dog Policy: Two dogs per handler for each odor tested are allowed.
Entry Method
  • First received By Online Entries.
  • OWNERS are responsible for errors in making out entry forms.
Acknowledgment 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 are confirmation of your completed entry
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 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 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.


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.
The following cancellation policy applies:
For cancellation of entries on or before 5pm central time August 29, 2022– Full refund minus $10 processing fee. For cancellation of entries after 5 pm August 29, 2020 – no refunds will be issued.
All cancelations must be emailed to For Your K9 (Noel Dagley or Barb Cote)   
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.
Details regarding check in time and briefing will be sent approximately 1 week before the ORT.
Site Specific Conditions
The trial site is a training facility with rubber matting.
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 the 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  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
There is ample parking and we will have a separate parking area for those wishing to run their vehicles or generators during the day.
Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in the availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.
Crating Options
We will have an outdoor crating only.
Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in the availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.
Smoking is not allowed on this test 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 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 Noel Dagley 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.
A list of area veterinarians and directions will be provided with entry confirmations.
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.
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, For Your K9 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 For Your K9 at