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National Association of Canine Scent Work

About Us

Ron Gaunt, Amy Herot and Jill-Marie O'Brien founded the NACSW to ensure the highest standard of excellence for competitors in the sport of K9 Nose Work® and to cultivate a community of enthusiastic dog lovers and dog sport competitors. Together, the three founders pioneered the concept of detection-style training and competition for pet dogs, finding great enthusiasm among dog lovers for their unique talents in developing and executing canine sporting events that truly bonded dog and human, and were lots of fun, too.  

The first official NACSW trial was held in January of 2009, in Southern California, and since then there have been over 135 trials in 17 states. NACSW K9 Nose Work trials have earned a reputation for being an exciting, supportive venue to compete with your dog. Trials are all day events and require a large number of volunteers - typically NACSW members and competitors - to deliver the NACSW K9 Nose Work trial experience.

NACSW founders, faculty, and other key persons continue to bring K9 Nose Work to every dog and dog lover through workshops and seminars around the country. The NACSW is also dedicated to educating and certifying passionate, highly skilled instructors for the activity & sport of K9 Nose Work®, helping to bring K9 Nose Work to dogs and their people around the globe. 

Learn more about the NACSW.