NACSW Archive

He’s come a long way: Carter gets his NW1 title

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Carter received his NW1 (Nosework Level 1) title in competition in Milliken, Colorado. It was his second attempt at an NW1 title and he improved his overall time from almost 11 minutes to under 3 minutes. Although he wasn’t the fastest dog in any element, it took him just 15

Carter’s ORT X 3!

Today Carter passed two more Odor Recognition Tests – Clove and Anise – to complete his ORTs. Now the basics are over – there’s nothing for it but to go for ribbons & titles! He was much faster this time than when he did his birch test. We still won’t win any speed records, but

Page’s New ORT

Page, my 13 1/2-year-old red Australian Cattle Dog, passed her second K9 Nosework odor (clove) at a test in Wheat Ridge, CO. Yay, Page! And Carter – hate to tell you – but that puts Page ahead of you! Better get crackin’ learning those odors (of course, Carter has attended a NW1 trial, and Page

Carter’s First Nosework 1 Trial!

Yesterday, April 25, 2015, Crazy Dog Carter attended his first Nosework 1 (NW1) Trial! If you’d told me a year ago that Carter would actually be able to attend, and participate in, an official trial, in a strange environment, with strange people, vehicles, and dogs all over the place, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.

A new ORT dog

Today, Page passed her first (birch) Odor Recognition Test (ORT) for the National Association of Canine Scentwork (NACSW). She’s now qualified for Nosework 1 trials and elements. She’s nearly 13; who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? (Those are Page’s ears sticking out of my lap blanket while she sneakily naps on

Back in the Saddle for 2015

We’ve attended our first Continuing Nosework training at the Canine Learning CenterĀ in Fort Collins! Things went well – Carter searched & found his odors despite being in a completely new environment with strange people in the area. Newest experience: a mirror. He had to check it out a bit, but seemed to realize pretty quick

He scores!

Today Carter passed his first Odor Recognition Test (Birch) for NACSW, in Wheat Ridge CO. Way to go Carter! Despite being surrounded by strange people, cars, situations, and other dogs, Carter was able to focus on the search well enough to get his hide – right at the last second! I’m very proud of him,

What is NACSW?

At this point, it’s probably time to explain NACSW. NACSW stands for ‘National Association of Canine Scentwork’. It bills itself as ‘the best-smelling dog sport’. It’s fairly new on the scene, and, as indicated, it’s a dog sport, not a job. So it’s something fun you do with your dog. What you do is train