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National Association of Canine Scent Work

Competition and the NACSW

The National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) is the official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of K9 Nose Work.

K9 Nose Work is a nationwide competitive sport in which dogs and handlers can earn titles, ribbons, and awards. Dogs must successfully complete an Odor Recognition Test (ORT) to gain eligibility to compete in NACSW sanctioned trials.

Training for and competing in the sport of K9 Nose Work will:

  • Increase scent discrimination skills in the dog, and introduce advanced handling skills and competition tactics for the handler
  • Provide new and different trial locations to engage dogs and people
  • Allow dogs and people with physical limitations the opportunity to compete 


The NACSW is a membership organization. Benefits of membership include:

  • Eligibility to enter NACSW sanctioned Odor Recognition Tests (ORT) and compete in trials nationwide
  • Lifetime membership for registered dogs
  • Personal scorebooks used to record ORT and trial completion information
  • Top quality awards and certificates for titles and trial placements

To learn more about the sport of K9 Nose Work and membership in the NACSW, visit or fill out their Contact Form.


Did You Know?

The NACSW uses law enforcement and private sector K9 Detection professionals to judge many of the K9 Nose Work trials.  Competitors benefit from the judges’ expertise and understanding of scent work and searching; and judges find it exciting and rewarding to observe such a diverse group of K9 Nose Work dogs and handlers.


For more information on how to become a judge in the sport of K9 Nose Work