Version 11.3a of the rule book is now available.

NACSW Rule Book, 11.3a, 2022.07.04

Additional information on expectations for dogs with sensitivities

We are now providing details about the types of containers you are likely to encounter at NACSW trials:

For trials prior to October 1, 2022 - NACSW Trial Container Guidelines for Members

For trials on or after October 1, 2022 - October 1, 2022 NACSW Trial Container Guidelines for Members

NACSW Rule Book - Version 11.3a, July 4, 2022 - Summary of changes:

  1. Minor clarifications to FEO section to clarify that information must be asked for prior to the completion of a search and that coaching/feedback from the judge is not an option.

NACSW Rule Book - Version 11.3, June 14, 2022 - Summary of changes:

  1. Minor phrasing and formatting improvements, updates, and clarifications.
  2. Minor updates to the Skills Challenge language to better clarify the definition of “Return to Hide” and to clarify that dogs should show active searching/seeking behavior during the searches.
  3. Clarified that a search will be scored the same as ‘Absent’ if a competing team choses to ask for hide locations or # of hides to support their dog in that search.
  4. Clarified that dog in white may not video their searches.


    For future consideration:


    As NACSW continues to grow, we continue to work to broaden the parameters for appropriate trial locations.  One challenge with some locations is the proximity of search areas to the parking area or bathrooms and the audibility concerns this presents.  Especially at NW3 or Elite where the number of hides is unknown and hearing competitors call Alerts may give other competitors inadvertent information.  Additionally, the possibility of a judge asking ‘where’ can cause audibility concerns as well.  There are some teams competing whose trained alert behavior is a bark.  This alert behavior may limit the trial locations we can approve moving forward.  We have no intention of penalizing those teams already competing with this behavior, however as we look to the future we will be looking closely at adding a rule to discourage trained audible alerts.  We wanted to make our participants aware so that those starting with new dogs may take this into account when making training decisions about trained alert behaviors.  We do want to emphasize that we are not concerned about dogs that bark in excitement during a search, just those that have a specific trained alert behavior of a bark.