Nose Work

NWB1/B2 S 12:45 1306 Intro to Nose Work & Intro to Odor, Sun. 12:45-1:45 pm, 5 weeks, June 2-30

Sun, 6/02 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Sun, 6/09 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Sun, 6/16 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Sun, 6/23 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Sun, 6/30 12:45pm - 1:45pm

NWB1 is the first of two foundation courses in the K9 Nose Work series and sets the stage for beginning handler skills as well as building the dog's drive to search.   Almost all dogs love nose work!  It is something they do naturally, and for once we have a team sport in which they get to be the lead partner.  Through nose work they get to use their own talents, their own way, and we learn to read and recognize their body language and signature alert.  K9 Nose Work is based on drug and bomb detection dog work except that no one is ever in danger in this sport.  Nose work uses lots of mental energy and is a great boredom buster and confidence builder for the dog!  It can be played anytime, anywhere.  All dogs are invited to try nose work as every dog is crated or in an ex-pen between searches so that the environment is always safe for each dog.  Even anxious dogs learn to safely forget their worries as they focus on finding the source of the target odor!  You may participate in Nose Work as a fun hobby or as a competitive sport.

NWB2 is the second of the foundation courses and we add the target odor of birch to our searches.  We will search containers, vehicles, exteriors and interiors and prepare for the birch ORT (Odor Recognition Test).

Nose Work is for handler/dog teams who wish just to enjoy a fun hobby together and also for those who wish to compete together.  All are welcome!

Melanie Phillpot, CPDT, CNWI

NWC1/2/3 S 9 1306 Nose Work with 1-2-3 Odors, Sunday 9-10:30 am, 5 weeks, June 2 - 30

Sun, 6/02 9:00am - 10:30am
Sun, 6/09 9:00am - 10:30am
Sun, 6/16 9:00am - 10:30am
Sun, 6/23 9:00am - 10:30am
Sun, 6/30 9:00am - 10:30am

Add Anise and Clove to your searches!  Work toward NW2 and NW3 titles or just come play for fun!

Melanie Phillpot, CPDT, CNWI

Official NACSW™ K9 Nose Work® NW1 Trial

Sat, 3/16 (All day) - Sun, 3/17 (All day)


March 16, 17, 2013 

Newberry, FL


Trial Host:
Eager Pup, LLC



NW1: Saturday, March 16, 2013

NW1: Sunday, March 17, 2013


Certifying Official:
Jennie Keifer

Entry Cost:
$85 per dog and handler team

Number of Entries:

NW1: 33 entries March 16, 2013

NW1: 33 entries March 17, 2013

Payable to Eager Pup, LLC

Check or Money Order


One dog per handler per level.



Registration and Cancellation Information


Registration Entry and Closing:

  1. Trial entry will open on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, Noon, Eastern Time.  Entries will be awarded by random draw of all entries received between Noon, Eastern Time, January 16, 2013 and Noon, Eastern Time, January 18, 2013.  Trial entry will close when entries fill after the draw period or Noon, Eastern Time on March 9, 2013.
  2. 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 where to send payment by check or money order.  You will then have 5 days from the date you receive payment instructions  to postmark 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:
Trial spaces will be awarded in the following manner:

  1. NW1  Spaces will be awarded by a random draw of all Qualified Entries (see below) received between Noon, Eastern Time, Jan. 16 and Noon Eastern Time on Jan. 18, 2013
  2. In the event that you are having technical difficulties with the entry system, please email prior to the end of the draw period.
  3. 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 have not yet passed the required ORT or earned the required title.  These entries will be accepted pending completion of the requirements.  

Note: If you are entered in another trial before this one and earn the title for the level you are entering (NW1) at this trial, you will forfeit your space in this trial and be given a full refund. If there is space remaining after all Qualified Entries that have not yet earned the title level are accommodated then you will be given the option of keeping your space and retesting at that title level.

  1. After all entries received during the draw period are processed, and 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Some trial entries may be given priority entry based on contributions to the organization and the trial process.
  4. Second dog/handler entries on the alternate day may be accepted after all first dog/handler entries received by Jan 18, 2013 are accommodated.  
  5. If space remains after all qualified  first and second dog entries are accommodated on Jan. 21, 2013, then we may accept entries for those who have earned the current title level – NW1 and wish to retest at the same level.


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

  1. Complete the on-line trial entry between Noon, Eastern Time, Jan. 16, 2013 and Noon,  Eastern Time, Jan. 18, 2013.
  2. The Handler is a NACSW™ member for the 2012-2013 membership year (8/1/12- 7/ 31/13).
  3. The Dog is registered with the NACSW™
  4. The Dog has passed the appropriate ORT for the level entered
  5. The Dog has earned the prior title level at least 14 days prior to the trial date. 
  6. Qualified entry for NW1 – Dog has not yet earned a NW1 title level.


You will be notified via e-mail of the results of the random draw by 8:00 am, Eastern Time, Jan. 21, 2013.  If you are given a space in the trial, you will receive information on how to submit payment.  You will then have 5 days to postmark your  payment (check or money order) 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 or just before the trial if we are requesting your attendance in case of no-shows.  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 pm Eastern Time March 1, 2013 – Full refund.

·    For cancellation of entries on or after March 2, 2013 – 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 who 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.

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™, Eager Pup, LLC, Easton Newberry Sports Complex, City of Newberry, FL 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


Dog Policies:

  1. 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.
  2. Reactive and/or spatially challenged dogs should wear a red bandana to help signal others that the dog needs extra space.
  3. Dogs will be toileted in designated areas and handlers must pick-up and dispose of waste.
  4. Dogs and handlers must stay in designated areas to avoid contaminating testing space, interrupting a test, or from viewing any part of the testing.
  5. Please leave unentered dogs at home.
  6. 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.  


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.


Harry Award:  (Note: please include for trials that include a NW1 level)
The Harry award is given at the NW1 level to the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates extraordinary ability and spirit in nose work. A rescue dog may be defined as a dog that was not purchased from a breeder, private party or store. The dog may have been adopted from a shelter, rescued from the street, fostered with a rescue organization, etc.

The five highest scoring rescue dogs will be considered for the Harry Award when available. A dog may only receive this award one time. Rescue designation is taken from your NACSW™ dog registration information. If you are unclear if your dog is a rescue, please email:


NACSW™ Scorebook:
Remember to bring your NACSW™ Scorebook to the trial. Your trial results information will be recorded in your book.


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 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:

Videos and photos of the competition or competition areas are not allowed at this time, except by NACSW™ approved photographers/videographers.  No portion of any event may be videotaped or photographed for commercial or other purposes without written authorization from NACSW™.  All photographs, video broadcast, and telecast rights for NACSW™ events are the exclusive property of NACSW™.


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 and directions will be provided with the confirmation information.


All trial related questions, contact
Melanie at:


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NWC1 Sa 10:30 1305, Nose Work - Continuing with 1 Odor, Saturday 10:30-11:30 am, 3 weeks, May 25 - June 8 & 22, Green Cove Springs

Sat, 5/25 10:30am - 11:30am
Sat, 6/08 10:30am - 11:30am
Sat, 6/22 10:30am - 11:30am

Join us for the third course in the nose work series, and continue with the target odor of Birch!  Prepare for your ORT and NW1 title in this ongoing course.  We'll hide it high, low, indoors, outdoors, on vehicles and in containers of all kinds!  Continue to develop your observation skills, your teamwork and your dog's signature alert.  

Melanie Phillpot, CPDT, CNWI

NWC1 T 10:30 1305, Nose Work -Continuing with 1 Odor, Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am, 3 weeks, May 21, June 4 & 18, Green Cove Springs

Tue, 5/21 10:30am - 11:30am
Tue, 6/04 10:30am - 11:30am
Tue, 6/18 10:30am - 11:30am

Continue the search for the birch!  Hunt high, low, indoors and outdoors and everywhere in between.  Be ready for your ORT and begin preparing for your NW1 trial.  Nose Work hobbyists as well as competitors are welcome!  : )

Melanie Phillpot, CPDT, CNWI

NWC2 Sa 9:15, Nose Work - Continuing with 2 Odors, Sat. 9:15-10:15 am, 3 weeks, Green Cove Springs, May 25, June 8 & 22

Sat, 5/25 9:15am - 10:15am
Sat, 6/08 9:15am - 10:15am
Sat, 6/22 9:15am - 10:15am

NWC2 is for those who've completed NWC1, and/or have earned their NW1 title and are ready for more challenges.  We continue to work with Birch and add a second target odor, Anise.  We hide it high, low and everywhere in-between, indoors, ourdoors, in containers, on vehicles, in multiple places in one search area... On and off leash skills continue to develop both for the dog and for the handler. Dogs training for competition as well as dogs just continuing nose work for fun are very welcome!

Melanie Phillpot, CPDT, CNWI

NWC1 T 9:15 1305, Nose Work - Continuing with 1 Odor, Tuesday 9:15-10:15 am, 3 weeks, Green Cove Springs, May 21, June 4 & 18

Tue, 5/21 9:15am - 10:15am
Tue, 6/04 9:15am - 10:15am
Tue, 6/18 9:15am - 10:15am

NWC1 is for those who've completed both foundation courses and are ready for more challenges, more Odor Recognition Test (ORT) practice, and/or those who want to start preparation and practice for their NW1 Trial. We continue to work with Birch and hide it high, low and everywhere in-between, indoors, ourdoors, in containers, on vehicles, in multiple places in one search area... On and off leash skills continue to develop both for the dog and for the handler. Dogs become  "odor obedient." Dogs training for competition as well as dogs just continuing nose work for fun are very welcome!

Melanie Phillpot, CPDT, CNWI

NWC2 T 8 1305 Nose Work - Continuing with 2 Odors, Tuesday 8-9 am, Green Cove Springs, May 21, June 4 & 18, 3 weeks

Tue, 5/21 8:00am - 9:00am
Tue, 6/04 8:00am - 9:00am
Tue, 6/18 8:00am - 9:00am

NWC2 is for those who've completed NWC1 and/or earned their NW1 title, and are ready for more challenges.  We will work with Birch and Anise.   We will hide them high, low and everywhere in-between, indoors, ourdoors, in various containers, on vehicles, in multiple places in one search area... On and off leash skills continue to develop both for the dog and for the handler.  Dogs training for competition as well as dogs just continuing nose work for fun are very welcome!

Melanie Phillpot, CPDT, CNWI

ORT K9 Nose Work® - Odor Recgonition Test - Brasington's - 2331 NW 13th St., Gville

Sun, 11/11 8:00am - 5:00pm

Odor Recognition Test for Birch, Anise & Clove.  Contact Melanie at for details.  Brasington's Adventure Outfitters is located at 2331 NW 13th St., just north of NW 23rd Ave, across from Lowe's and behind Pet Supermarket. 

Nose Work Continuing with 1 Odor, Green Cove Springs, Sat. 8 am and 9:15 am,

Sat, 9/22 8:00am - 10:15am
Sat, 10/06 8:00am - 10:15am
Sat, 10/20 8:00am - 10:15am
Sat, 11/03 8:00am - 10:15am

Continue to prepare for the Nov. 11 ORT in Gainesville!  Improve your leash skills and observation skills, learning to reliably read your dog in odor and at the source of the odor.  Fee is $20 per lesson and we will be making lots of field trips!

Melanie Phillpot