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 odours: (Birch, Anise); must have ORT on file with ACSW™. Only odours #1, Birch, and #2, Anise, will be included for this title.
* Number of hides will be stated on all elements. There will be one or two hides in each search area. Birch, anise or both may be used in each element. Combo odour or multiple odours (combo) may be used.
* Elements specifications:
+ Always 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 odour #2, Anise, but may also contain odour #1, Birch.
+ Containers may be boxes, luggage, or containers set in any pattern. Any combination of boxes, luggage and containers may be used.
+ Please see “Trial Elements” in the trial rule book for more detail on container search areas
Interior Building Search:
+ May be on or off leash as designated by the certifying official
+ Two search areas: each search area may contain odour #1 (birch) and/or odour #2 (anise) or a combination odour of anise/birch.
+ Please see “Trial Elements” in the trial rule book for more detail on interior search areas
+ No blank areas. (Areas without odour that must be searched and deemed clear.)
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
+ On leash
+ Up to four vehicles. There may be multiple odours 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 behaviour in the dog. The judge may opt to consider the dog’s final response behaviour when considering a team for the ‘Pronounced’ designation.
* Height & Accessibility of hides: Should be no more than approximately four (4) feet high. The odour 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.