Information will be updated as needed as this continues to be an evolving situation. It is your responsibility to be aware of the current information if you attend an event.
Version 12.2 of the rule book is now available.
Dogs with Sensitivies
We are now providing details about the types of containers and types of distractors you are likely to encounter at NACSW trials:
Summary of Changes
NACSW™ Rule Book - Version 12.2, March 1, 2024
Summary of changes:
- Added new Elite Premier trial option
NACSW™ Rule Book - Version 12.1, December 27, 2023
Summary of changes:
- Minor phrasing and language updates including
- Clarification that handlers will not be told if they are correct after their finish call at NW3 and unknown number of hide searches at Elite
- Revised skills challenge to be offered once/year
- Clarification that handlers may wear accessories for safety including headlamps.
- Added reference that the Container Guidelines document listed above includes the updated information about distractors at trials.
- Added a definition of "Error" in the terminology section.
- Other minor updates
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.