Hosting an ORT

How to host an Odor Recognition Test (ORT)

Official ORTs must be conducted through the NACSW™ in order to be recognized for trial entry and titling purposes.

What do you need to host an ORT?

  • NACSW™ Approval for your ORT
  • Request must be submitted a minimum of 10 weeks prior to your ORT date/8 weeks for repeat host with a previously approved facility (click on the button at end of this page for the request form)
  • An ORT Location must be:

Able to fit 12 boxes with a minimum of 48" spacing between boxes and also between boxes and any walls or objects. The space must also allow for a start line at least 48" from the boxes where the participant can come in the door, close the door and still remain behind the start line.

Indoor location or outdoors on concrete or astroturf - no grass, dirt or "natural" surfaces.

Exclusively for use as ORT test space during the test. No other classes or activities in the same room as the ORT. Half walls and/or barriers are not sufficient to separate the ORT from another activity.

Other criteria may apply

  • ORT Judge and ORT Certifying Official
  • A minimum of 25 tests
  • Volunteers or staff to cover check in, gate steward, timer, judge's steward, and box setter jobs. More details are provided in the How to Host an ORT documentation.
  • 20-25 clean, unused, identical boxes as specified by the NACSW™ for a single odor test. Additional boxes required for additional odors.
  • Liability coverage - must list NACSW™ as an additional insured on your policy
  • Ability to enter results in excel (template provided) and email to NACSW™.
  • Additional supplies, requirements and details as specified in the How to Host an ORT documentation.

ORT Guidelines and Information

  • All ORT handlers must be current NACSW™ members and all dogs must be registered with the NACSW™ prior to testing at the ORT.
  • ORTs entries must be available to all current NACSW™ members and dogs.
  • Costs: $5/dog/odor to the NACSW™.  Judge and Certifying Official fees and any applicable travel expenses for the Judge and Certifying Official.  Additional costs may include boxes, location rental, insurance, etc.

ORT Request Process

  • The process begins with an official ORT Request. This will allow the NACSW™ to ensure that the requester has a sufficient location.  Host will need to secure their ORT Officials no later than 6 weeks prior to the ORT.  If Officials are not secured, the NACSW™ reserves the right to cancel the event.
  • The NACSW™ will review your request and may request additional information prior to approving your request.
  • If your ORT is approved, you will receive additional ORT information including requirements for the materials you need to submit to the NACSW™ before and after the ORT.  The How to Host an ORT documentation is available upon request by emailing ort@nacsw.net and/or will be sent when the ORT is approved

Submit an ORT Request