Title Parameters: NW2

This is an informational page, please refer to the most current rule book to ensure that you have the most up to date information.


Each title is based on a perfect score of 100 points and no more than 3 faults.  The maximum time for each element, as determined by the specific competition, must not be exceeded.   Times for each NW2 element generally do not exceed 5 minutes.


NW2  (Nose Work 2) Requires one qualifying trial of 100 points score with no more than 3 faults.  All hides must be located.


NW2 Requirements & Parameters:


    * Proficient in two odors: (Birch, Anise); must have ORT on file with NACSW™. Only odors #1, Birch, and #2, Anise, will be included for this title.

    * Number of hides will be stated on all elements.  There will be one, two or three hides in each search area.  Birch, anise or both may be used in each element.  Combo odor or multiple odors (combo) may be used.

    * Elements specifications:
          o Container Search:
                + Typically on leash
                + At least one distractor* (i.e. food, toys).  Distractors will be within the containers used for the container search.
                + Container search will contain odor #2, Anise, but may also contain odor #1, Birch.
                + Containers may be boxes, or alternate, new, non fabric containers set in any pattern. 
                + Please see “Trial Elements” in the trial rule book for more detail on container search areas
          o Interior Building Search:
                + May be on or off leash as designated by the certifying official
                + Two search areas: each search area may contain odor #1 (birch) and/or odor #2 (anise) or a combination odor of anise/birch.
                + Please see “Trial Elements” in the trial rule book for more detail on interior search areas
                + No blank areas. (Areas without odor that must be searched and deemed clear.)
          o Exterior Area Search: (on leash; may be off leash option but only if area is secure)
                + Please see “Trial Elements” in the trial rule book for more detail on exterior search areas
          o Vehicle Search:
                + Typically On leash
                + Up to four vehicles. There may be multiple odors on vehicles.
                + Please see “Trial Elements” in the trial rule book for more detail on vehicle search areas

    * Alerts: Handler must call ’Alert’ when the dog has communicated that he has found a hide. The judge however will be looking for a change in behavior in the dog. The judge may opt to consider the dog’s final response behavior when considering a team for the ‘Pronounced’ designation.

    * Height & Accessibility of hides: Should be no more than approximately four (4) feet high.  The odor will be accessible to the dog, but the source may not be.  For example, the hide may be located in a file cabinet drawer.

A note about height:  The height parameter is a general guideline provided for training purposes. No trial location will ever be the same.  If a kitchen counter were 3 inches taller than the specified guideline, it would still be used for a hide location.

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