ORT Premium

Official NACSWTM

National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®

Odors Tested:
Birch, Anise, Clove
Test Location: Heard Scout Pueblo, 1901 E. Dobbins Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85042 Test Host: Cynthia Fox
Test Secretary: Cynthia Fox, Foxfiredogs@gmail.com

Certifying Official: Jean Harrison
Judge: Laura Tokar
Entry Cost: $35 per odor

Number of Entries: 100

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

At this time, there are no COVID-19 restrictions for the trial location and local jurisdiction. All attendees (competitors and volunteers) will be required to bring and wear face masks when not in your vehicle. Competitors are asked to remain in their vehicles as much as possible. Running of vehicles is permitted. Competitors are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

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, January 3, 2022 at 9AM Pacific Times
Entries Close: Friday, February 11, 2022 at 9AM Pacific Time or When entry limits have been met

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

Entry Method:
First received by USPS Mail overnight deliveries must have the signature waived box checked.

  •  RETURNED CHECKS do not constitute a valid entry fee and registration will be considered null and void.
  • OWNERS are responsible for errors in making out entry forms.
  •  EXPRESS MAIL entries must include signature permitting them to be left at the secretary’s address without the recipient’s signature.

Acknowledgement 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 is 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 2021-2022 membership year (8/1/21- 7/31/22).
  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:

Entry fees will not be refunded in the event a dog is absent, disqualified, or excused by the NACSW official or judge. To receive a full refund cancellation requests must be received no later than Monday, February 14, 2021 at noon. Any cancellation request arriving after the February 14, 2022 but before February 18, 2022 is eligible for a 50% refund. Any cancellations received after February 18, 2022 are not eligible for a refund.

All cancellations must be emailed to Foxfiredogs@gmail.com

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.


Test Site Hours
8AM – 4PM
Details regarding check in time and briefing will be sent approximately 1 week before the ORT.

Site Specific Conditions
This site is a rustic boy scout camp. The parking lot may be paved or dirt. The test will be in a building with concrete flooring and requires walking up steps to enter. 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 be reactive dog parking at this test for those who wish to park in this area. Upon acceptance into the event, please notify trial host at foxfiredogs@gmail.com if you require reactive dog parking.

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.

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
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 availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute

Crating Options
Indoor crating will not be available.

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

Please note: The ORT is being held during tourist season. We suggest making hotel reservations promptly.

Dog friendly hotels for consideration:
Sleep Inn, 2621 S. 47th Place, Phoenix, AZ
Aloft Phoenix Airport, 4450 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ
Westin Phoenix—downtown, 333 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Residence Inn by Marriott, Phoenix Airport, Phoenix, AZ.


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 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 test if the location logistics permit. Handlers must contact Cynthia Fox, Foxfiredogs@gmail.com 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 ADA@nacsw.net. 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.

Phoenix Veterinary Center, 3220 E. Baseline Rd, Phx (602)559-5500
Banfield Pet Hospital Center, 2475 E. Baseline Rd, Phx (602)232-6007
Blue Pearl Pet Hospital, 3110 E. Indian School Rd, Phx (602)995-3757

Complete rules are available at www.NACSW.net. It is the responsibility of each competitor to read and understand the current NACSWTM 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 agrees that the NACSW, Cynthia Fox 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 Cynthia Fox, Foxfiredogs@gmail.com

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