National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC® Official NACSW™




Birch, Anise & Clove


Sunday, March 3rd, 2024

Check in will begin at 10 am


Two Paws Up Dog Training

1301 S Lewis Ave

Waukegan, IL 60085


Two Paws Up Dog Training


Stephanie Challand | [email protected]

If you would like to volunteer, please email.

NO BSL Legislation


Roberta Scarbeck


Laura Yurchak






OPENING DATE: Thursday January 4th, 2024

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday February 28th, 2024 or when entry limits have been met

SECOND DOG POLICY: Two dogs per handler for each odor tested.

ENTRY METHOD: Online Entry


  • RETURNED CHECKS do not constitute a valid entry fee.
  • A $35 fee will be charged for all RETURNED CHECKS.
  • OWNERS are responsible for errors in making out entry forms.


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

  1. Complete entry during the specified entry timeframe.
  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 Exhibit Only Dogs (FEO): Dogs running FEO are not eligible to receive titles. FEO results will not be included in the posted ORT results. If space remains after all qualified entries are accommodated on [Insert date],then we will offer spaces for those who wish to run a dog (FEO). Dogs may only run FEO in odors that they are not already registered for.

For information on how to register or become a member go to


An ORT must be taken and passed 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.


Your payment receipt and notification is confirmation of your completed entry.


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. Handlers may test on all 3 odors at the same test.

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.


For cancellation of entries on or before 5pm central time Friday, February 23rd, 2024 – Full refund minus $15 processing fee.  For cancellation of entries after 5 pm Friday, February 23rd, 2024 – no refunds will be issued.

All cancelations must be emailed to: [email protected]

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.

If the Odor Recognition Test (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 ORT organizers, then the ORT host will make their best effort to provide partial refunds after recouping their expenses.


ADA Site Specific Conditions

Test is in a training facility with rubber matting. Entry and exit is wheelchair accessible. Test exit will be down a concrete ramp. ADA bathrooms available. Parking lot is paved. Potty area is flat but uneven.

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 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 should familiarize themselves with potential regional risks and health concerns that may affect themselves or their dogs.  Handlers agree that they are entering this trial 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.

Reactive Dog Parking

We have a large parking lot that can accomodate reactive dogs. We will not have a separate area marked but feel free to park on the outskirts of the lot. Please email [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

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 [email protected] to reserve RV space. No overnight RV parking is available.


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


3031 Belvidere Rd, Waukegan, IL, 60085

1440 S White Oak Dr, Waukegan, IL, 60085

438 Lakehurst Road, Waukegan, IL, 60085


  • 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 [email protected] so plans can be made for the dog.


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

ADA Requests

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request accommodation(s), please email [email protected].  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 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™, Two Paws Up Dog Training 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.


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.


There is no general spectating at an ORT. Handlers in an ORT may not be spectators for other Handlers regardless of relationship (with the exception of a minor testing after the accompanying adult tests). Hosts may need to restrict attendance to minimize the number of people on site due to COVID-19 or site specific restrictions.

If non-handler attendance is allowed, only immediate family members/friends of the dog/handler team being tested may spectate that team.
Spectating options may not be available or may be limited based on logistics.

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

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 & 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.

Emergency Veterinary Hospital

24/7 EMERGENCY – Veterinary Specialty Center

2051 Waukegan Rd, Bannockburn, IL 60015

Final Details

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 test location including any travel guidance.


All Test related questions, contact Stephanie Challand – [email protected]