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A fun time in Garden Grove!

Daisy with her L1I ribbon

Daisy with her L1I ribbon

JoyRide K9s hosted a nose work trial over the weekend in Garden Grove and several Agile Paws Dog Sports teams were lucky enough to make the draw.

Saturday was an NW1 and APDS was represented by two teams. Peg and Mac and Kathy and Logan. I was lucky enough to arrive just in time to watch both teams do a great on their vehicle search. They all did well, but alas it wasn’t their day to title.

Sunday was the Element Specialty with level 1 Containers in the morning, followed by level 1 Interiors in the afternoon. Catch did a nice job on his 4 container searches to earn is L1C title. Jessica and Daisy joined Catch and Tammy for Interiors. A few fun rounds of dominos with Peg made the afternoon fly. Both teams were successful and earned their L1I title.

Next up Somis. Jessica and Daisy have finally gotten into their first NW2 trial and will be competing in a few weeks. Good luck! Hope to see more teams at upcoming trials. Don’t forget to enter the upcoming ORT’s if you are interested.

Tammy and Catch with their L1C and L1I ribbons

Catch and Tammy with their ribbons

Remember volunteering is a great way to learn more about the sport. Thanks to all the Agile Paws Dog Sports students that came out and helped: Carol, Luana, Marjorie and Laura. Don’t take my word for it, ask one of them next time you see them. Agile Paws Dog Sports will be hosting a trial here in Rancho Cucamonga at the end of October. If you are interested in something sooner Somis (NW2, Elite) is September 2-3 and Burbank (ESTs) is October 21-22.

Premium, Orange December 2017

Official NACSW™

K9 Nose Work® NW2, Elite Trials

December 29 & 30, 2017


Covenant Presbyterian Church
1855 N Orange Olive Rd
Orange, CA 92865

Please Note: It is not appropriate to visit the trial location prior to the trial date, nor should training take place on trial grounds once an event is approved/announced. Our locations are real life search environments where people work, go to school, etc. Pre-trial visits risk the host losing the opportunity to use the location again in the future.

Trial Host:
Agile Paws Dog Sports

Elite: Friday, December 29, 2017
NW2: Saturday, December 30, 2017

Enter Elite-Closed

Enter NW2-Closed

Certifying Official:
Jean Richardson

Saturday: Cindy Lowry & Janelle Hohnke
Sunday: Cindy Lowry & Janelle Hohnke

Entry Cost:
Elite: $150 per dog and handler team
NW2: $110 per dog and handler team

Number of Entries:
Elite: 25 entries
NW2: 38 entries

Payable through PayPal with credit card, no PayPal account required.

One dog per handler per level.

Registration Entry and Closing:

  • Trial entry will open on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 9:00 am Pacific Time. Entries will be awarded by random draw of all entries received between 9:00 am October 30, 2017 and 9:00 am November 1, 2017.
  • Trial entry will close when entries fill after the draw period or 5:00 pm Pacific Time on December 15, 2017.
  • NACSW reserves the right to cancel a trial if minimum entry numbers are not met
  • The trial host of an event has the right to refuse entry of any competitor or dog for just cause as approved by the National Trial Committee. Just cause includes lack of adherence to NACSW rules and guidelines and the policies outlined in each event entry premium.
  • Note: We will not be taking payment until you are given a space in the trial. If you are given a space in the trial, you will receive information on how to submit payment. You will then have 48 hours to complete your payment to confirm your space in the trial.

Registration Method:

All registration will be on-line via the link provided to the NACSW™ trial registration form. Paper and phone entries will not be accepted. Completing the form is not a guarantee of entry. You will receive an auto-response email confirming that we received your trial entry after registration—this email does not confirm your space in the trial. There will be a separate confirmation from to let you know if your entry has been given a space in the trial.

Entry Method:

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

  1. Complete the on-line trial entry between 9:00 am October 30, 2017 and 9:00 am Pacific Time November 1, 2017
  2. The Handler is a NACSW™ member for the 2017-2018 membership year (8/1/17- 7/ 31/18).
  3. The Dog is registered with the NACSW™
  4. Dogs participating in a trial must be at least one year of age
  5. The Dog has passed the appropriate ORT and prior title level at least 14 days before the trial opens for entries.
  6. Qualified entry for NW1 – Dog has not yet earned a NW1 title level.
  7. Qualified entry for NW2 – Dog has earned a NW1 title level and has not yet earned a NW2 title.
  8. Qualified entry for NW3 – Dog has earned a NW2 title and has not yet earned the NW3 Elite title level.
  9. Qualified entry for Elite– Dog has earned a NW3 Elite title. Any dog that has earned their ELT-CH title AND has trialed 3 times in the period of time covering July 1, 2017-Jan 1, 2018 will be considered to be an FEO entry. Please note: The opportunity for ELT-CH dogs to trial up to 3 times during this time period includes ALL Elite division trial participation for that dog during the specified time period. This includes trials prior to earning your ELT-CH title as well as those after.  For example: If you do not have your ELT-CH title and you have trialed twice from July 1, 2017-Jan 1, 2018 and then earn your ELT-CH title at a third event during that time period, you would not be eligible to participate in any further elite trials during this time as you would have completed 3 Elite trials and have the ELT-CH title. If you earned your ELT-CH title prior to July 1, 2017, then you would be eligible to participate in up to 3 elite trials during this time period.  If you earn your ELT-CH at your 2nd trial during the time period, you would be eligible for one more Elite trial during that time period.

Trial spaces will be awarded in the following manner:

  • Spaces will be awarded by a random draw of all Qualified Entries (see below) received between 9:00 am Pacific time, October 30, 2017 and 9:00 am Pacific Time on November 1, 2017.
  • In the event that you are having technical difficulties with the entry system, please email prior to the end of the draw period.
  • If a trial level is not full after the draw of Qualified Entries, then there will be a Secondary Draw of any entries received that did not meet the ORT or title requirements. These entries will be accepted pending completion of the requirements. Please note: Dogs must earn the appropriate ORT and prior title level at least 3 days prior to the trial date to be eligible to compete. If the required title or ORT is earned less than 14 days prior to the event, it is the competitor’s responsibility to provide proof of the ORT or title to the event host in the form of a score book or a photo of the official results.

Note: If you are entered in another trial before this one and earn the title for the level you are entering (NW2) at this trial, you will forfeit your space in this trial. You may request that the host add you to the list of those wishing to run their dog For Exhibition Only (FEO), in which case you may be given a space in the trial if space remains after all Qualified Entries are accommodated. If you earn the title level after the refund period has ended then you must contact the trial host at: within 48 hours of earning your title and at least 72 hours before the trial you are registered for to let them know you are no longer eligible. If you contact the host within 48 hours of titling and at least 72 hours before their trial and (1) they are unable to fill your space then you won’t be given a refund but will be allowed to keep your space in the trial and run your dog FEO or (2) they are able to fill your space then a refund will be issued minus the processing fee listed in the cancellation policy. If you fail to contact the host within 48 hours of earning your title then you will forfeit your space, you will not be allowed to run as FEO, and no refund will be issued.

  • After all entries received during the draw period are processed, if the trial level is still not full, entries will continue to be accepted in the order they are received through the closing date or when entries fill.
  • You may enter multiple dogs for entry in the draw. However, only one dog/handler per title level will be accepted into the trial. Entry will go to the dog selected in the draw—you may not swap to an alternate dog. In the event that multiple dogs are selected in the draw, you may select which dog you wish to enter. Once a dog has been entered as a second dog/handler entry, you may not swap handlers after the draw to change the entry to a first dog/handler unless the trial is not full.
  • No dog will be given a space in more than one day of any given trial weekend.
  • Some trial entries may be given priority entry based on contributions to the organization and the trial process.
  • If space remains after all qualified entries are accommodated on November 6, 2017, then we may accept entries for those who wish to run a dog For Exhibition Only (FEO). Dogs running FEO are not eligible to receive titles or earn placement ribbons. FEO results will not be included in the posted trial results.

You will be notified via e-mail of the results of the random draw by 5:00 pm Pacific Time November 10, 2017. If you are given a space in the trial, you will receive information on how to submit payment. You will then have 48 hours to complete your payment to confirm your space in the trial.

A waiting list for alternates will be started as soon as entries fill.

Alternates will be contacted when a space opens up. Note: Depending on last-minute trial logistics, we may opt to not fill all canceled spaces.

Be sure you read and understand the guidelines for this trial before entering. By submitting a registration for this NACSW™ Trial, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and accept the policies and liability information of NACSW™.

Cancellation Policy:

The following cancellation policy applies:

  • For cancellation of entries on or before 5:00 pm Pacific Time December 15, 2017–Full refund minus $20 processing fee.
  • For cancellation of entries after 5:00 pm Pacific Time December 15, 2017–no refunds will be issued.

All cancellations must be emailed to

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, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons.

No part of the fee will be refunded if the trial 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 trial organizers.

Trial Conditions:

Modeled after real-life detection work, K9 Nose Work® trials 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. Trials 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. Participants should expect to spend most of the day outside or in their vehicles as there are rarely indoor crating options at trials. Please be prepared for you and your canine partner to deal with all of these varying environmental challenges. Handlers agree that they are entering this trial at their own risk.

This trial location is a church. The competitor parking lot is paved. The pathways to the search areas are paved. The search areas may include pavement, grass and woodchip planting areas on level ground. Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, the expected search areas, parking and pathways to the search areas may be modified at the last minute.


By registering for the trial, 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™, Agile Paws Dog Sports, Tammy Wilson 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.

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 competition 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.
  • 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.
  • Unentered dogs must remain in the competitor’s vehicle during the trial day. Unentered dogs should not be allowed to “play”, exercise or train on the trial grounds.
  • Competitors should expect to keep their dogs confined in a crate or vehicle when not competing. The logistics of a trial typically do not allow for dogs to hang out on leash in between searches. Competitors should plan to provide their own shade using canopies or shade cloths.

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 trial if the location logistics permit. Handlers must contact so plans can be made for the dog.

Other Information


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.

RV Parking:

There may be limited space for RV’s to park in the competitor parking area during the trial 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 trial. Email to reserve RV space. No overnight RV parking is available.


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


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.

NACSW™ Scorebook:

Remember to bring your NACSW™ Scorebook to the trial if you wish to have your trial results recorded for your own records in your score book. If you bring your scorebook it is your responsibility to pick it up before leaving the trial site. It is not the responsibility of the host or NACSW to return score books or score sheets that are left behind or to mail ribbons that are not picked up.


Family members and friends are welcome to watch certain elements if there is appropriate viewing space for a gallery that will not interfere with the dog working or the judging. Limits may be put on the number of spectators depending on the turn out. Children under 18 must be directly supervised by a parent/guardian at all times. Spectators MUST check-in at registration, sign a waiver, and get a name badge. No dogs will be allowed in the spectator area. No unentered dogs are allowed at the trial. Spectators are reminded that the hide placements must not be discussed nor should they speak with any competitors about what they saw until after the trial is complete. Competitors are not allowed to watch the trial at anytime.

Video Taping and Photography:

At this time, competitors may be allowed to take videos and photos of the search areas during the competitor walk through in order to help familiarize themselves with the search area. Due to privacy issues or time constraints, competitors many not be allowed to photograph or video a search area during the walk through. At the host’s discretion, a photographer and/or video service may be present during the trial to offer photos and/or videos for sale to the competitors.

As a condition of your entry, you agree to allow NACSW™, or their agents, to video you and your dog, during the entirety of the NACSW™ event. These videos are the property of NACSW™. All competitors, through entry at any NACSW™ event, waive any and all rights relative to video broadcast or photography of such event.

Hotels and Directions

A list of area hotels will be listed here.


All trial related questions, contact Tammy at:

Premium: June 17, 2017 ORT

Agile Paws Dog Sports

National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®

Odor Recognition Tests

Odors: Clove, Anise, Birch

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Los Amigos Elementary School
8498 9th St.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Entry method: First received, through online registration form.
Payment by check must be received within 7 days of registering.

Entries close: June 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm or when entry limits (100 tests) have been met.
Once entry limits are met, teams will be place on a wait list.

Cost: $35.00 per dog, per odor.
Maximum two dogs per handler per odor.
Complete a separate registration form for each dog.


Test Site Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm.
Details regarding check in time and briefing will be sent approximately 1 week before the ORT.

Clove, Anise, Birch

Test Secretary
Tammy Wilson
10019 Oakgrove Dr.
Alta Loma, CA 91737-2947

Rancho Regional
11981 Jack Benny Dr., Suite 101
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 941-0841

Test Site Information

This site is a school and the test will be held in the multipurpose room on linoleum.

Dogs will be pottied in designated areas and handlers must pick-up and dispose of waste.

Dogs and handlers must stay in designated areas.

Competitors should plan to provide their own shade using canopies or shade cloths or you may crate under cover outside the building.

All dogs must be on a 6’ leash at all times when not being tested. No flexi-leashes for walking dogs on test site grounds; flexis may be used in the test itself.

Entry Requirements
The handler of the dog must be a current member of the NACSW™. The Dog must be registered with the NACSW™. 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.

Payment is required within 7 days of your entry. Please include Handler and Dog’s name and mail your check, payable to Agile Paws Dog Sports, to:

Tammy Wilson
10019 Oakgrove Dr.
Alta Loma, CA 91737-2947

Returned Checks do not constitute a valid entry fee. A charge of $35.00 for each returned check will be assessed.

Refund Policy

Cancellations made on or before June 1, 2017 by 5:00pm will be refunded minus a $10 administration fee. No refunds after this date. All cancellations must be emailed to

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.

No part of the fee will be refunded if the trial 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 trial organizers.

Entry Fees shall not be refunded in the event that a dog is absent, disqualified, or excused by the NACSW™ official or judge.

Video/Photography Policy
ORT participants are allowed to have a friend or family member video/photograph their test. ORT participants are not allowed to video/photograph one another. ORT hosts are not obligated to provide someone to video/photograph.

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

Hotels and Directions
A list of area hotels will be listed here.

Test Information – Notice to Exhibitors

Score books are optional and are not required to participate in an ORT. They are for personal record keeping. If you have lost a scorebook or would like a replacement, you can request a replacement score book that will include all your prior NACSW results. Log in to your account at: and under the “My Account” section, go to “My Dogs” and choose the option to order a replacement score book there. The cost is $20.

No spectators are permitted in the search area during the ORT except NACSW™ officials, adults accompanying a minor, CNWI-in-training, or immediate family members/friends of the dog/handler team currently being tested.


  • Telephone, fax and unsigned entries cannot be accepted.
  • Returned checks do not constitute a valid entry fee. A charge of $35.00 will be made for each returned check.
  • 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 must include signature permitting them to be left at the secretary’s address without recipient’s signature.

Dogs present will not be permitted to roam. Exhibitors are responsible for the behavior of their dogs. The owner of each dog is solely responsible for having it ready when it is to be judged. Be prepared to keep your dog crated or in your car when not being tested or on leash at all times. There is no inside crating at this test.

Females in season:  Contact your test host at least 1 day before the test if this becomes a possibility.

Dogs participating in ORT must be at least six months of age and must appear to be healthy on trial day and should be current on all vaccinations required by law.

Email 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.

Basic Description of Test: To successfully pass on 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:

Draw Results Progress Update #2

At this time, emails have been sent out to all competitors that made the draw for all tests: L1C, L1I and NW3.

All three wait lists have been updated.

Wait list emails have begin to be sent, starting with the L1C wait list. Unfortunately there was a glitch with some of these emails and they need to be resent. Most of those have been processed and resent, however a few may not be processed for another 24 hours. After that, processing will resume for the remaining wait list emails.

Your patience is appreciated!

Your Trial Host


New Agility Class starts Thursday, August 27th

A new Foundation Agility class starts Thursday, August 27th at 9:00 am. There are a few spots still available. Contact Tammy for more information or to reserve a space in the class. Cost is $120 for 6-weeks.

Save the Date!

Agile Paws Dog Sports has been asked to help support the Blessing of the Animals at St. Peter and St. Paul Parish in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, October 3rd.

We will be putting on a little agility demo and talking to the public. The event starts at 11:00 and will run approximately one hour. We will need to arrive a little early to set up. Contact Tammy to sign up.