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Official NACSW™ 

NW3, L3C/L1I Trials

July 18-19, 2020


TRIAL LOCATION: Note: LOCATION CHANGE! This now the Oakville trial formerly known as the Steilacoom trial!

Oakville School District 103 S School St, Oakville, WA 98568

It is not appropriate to contact or visit the trial location prior to the trial date, nor should training take place on trial grounds once an event is approved/announced. Our locations are real life search environments where people work, go to school, etc. Pre-trial contact or visits risk the host losing the opportunity to use the location again in the future.


Trial Host:
Rachelle Bailey Austin & Dorothy Turley


NW3: Saturday, July 18, 2020 

                                                       L3C AM L1I PM: Sunday, July 19, 2020

There is no Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)


Certifying Official: Cathie Laber

Judges: NW3 Christina Bunn and Kristi Bridgman

EST’s Christina Bunn and Cathie Laber


Entry Cost

NW3: $145 per dog and handler team

Level 3 Containers: $95 

Level 1 Interiors: $65 


Number of Entries

NW3: 30 entries

EST Level 3C: 20 Entries

EST Level 1I:  30 Entries








One dog per handler per level/element.

COVID-19 special event details: 

  • NACSW is requiring that all attendees adhere to social distancing - maintaining 6’ of distance - at all trials until further notice even if your jurisdiction has relaxed their requirements or recommendations. Social Distancing requirements at an event are MANDATORY. There is no exception unless you live in the same household. There is no option to mutually consent to be closer together than 6’. Please be respectful that your proximity or request for proximity may make others uncomfortable.  
  • Please review the document COVID-19 Event Guidelines that is located in Google docs and was emailed to the membership on 5/8/2020. 
  • In addition to those guidelines the following changes and guidelines are in effect for this trial due to COVID-19. 
  • The entry limits for the NW3 & L1I trials have been reduced to 30. Grays Harbor County, WA is in Phase 3 group gathering restrictions at the time of the trial.  
  • All attendees (competitors and volunteers) will be required to bring and wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth.  
  • All attendees (competitors and volunteers) are required to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth anytime they are inside. This includes but is not limited to using the bathroom, going to and from the search area, waiting at cue up stations and searching with your dog.   
  • All attendees (competitors and volunteers) may be required to wear face masks while searching outside – as handlers and dogs move unpredictably, we cannot guarantee that 6 feet of distance can be maintained. o All attendees (competitors and volunteers) will be required to wear face masks at any time that 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. These is no exception even with mutual consent with those outside of your household. 
  • Competitors may be asked to remain in their vehicles as much as possible. No congregating in the parking lot any closer than 6 feet of distance with anyone outside of your household. There is no exception for mutual consent. 
  • General spectating will not be allowed. Please leave spectators at home.  
  • Competitors are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.  
  • If there are any changes or updates that information will be included in your final details information that will be emailed 1-2 weeks before the trial weekend.  




Trial Entry Open and Closing


  • The draw period for the trial will open on June 18, 2020 at 9 AM Pacific time. Entries will be awarded by random draw of all entries received between 9 AM June 18, 2020 and 9 AM June 20, 2020. 
  • Trial entry will close at the end of the draw if the trial and wait list are deemed full. If the trial and wait list are not full, the trial will remain open for entries until they are deemed full or on the closing date which is 9 AM Pacific Time July 3, 2020
  • We will not be taking payment until you are given a space in the trial. If you are given a space in the trial, you will receive information on how to submit payment. You will then have 48 hours to complete your payment to confirm your space in the trial. Paypal will be the only method of payment accepted for this trial.


Entry Method


All entries will be on-line via the link provided to the NACSW™ trial entry form. Paper and phone entries will not be accepted. Completing the form is not a guarantee of entry. You will receive an auto-response email confirming that we received your trial entry after registration - this email does not confirm your space in the trial. There will be a separate confirmation from to let you know if your entry has been given a space in the trial.


Entry Requirements & Selection


A Qualified Entry is one that meets all the following criteria:


  1. Complete the on-line trial entry during the draw period listed above.
  2. The Handler is a NACSW™ member for the 2019-2020 membership year (8/1/19- 7/31/20). 
  3. Dogs participating in a trial must be at least one year of age.
  4. The Dog has passed the appropriate ORT and prior title level at least 14 days before the trial opens for entries.
  5. Qualified entry for NW3 – Dog has earned a NW2 title and has not yet earned the NW3 Elite title level.
  6. Qualified entry for Level 1 – Dog has not earned the Level 1 title for Interiors
  7. Qualified entry for Level 3 – Dog has earned the Level 2 title for Containers but has not yet earned the Level 3 title for Containers

      Trial spaces will be determined in the following manner:

●      Spaces will be awarded by a random draw of all Qualified Entries received during the draw period listed above.

●      In the event that you are having technical difficulties with the entry system, please email prior to the end of the draw period.

●      No dog will be given a space in more than one trial of the same level at a single event.

●      You may enter multiple dogs for entry in the draw. However, only one dog/handler per title level will be accepted into the trial. Entry will go to the dog selected in the draw – you may not swap to an alternate dog. If multiple dogs are selected in the draw, you may select which dog you wish to enter. Once a dog has been entered as a second dog/handler entry, you may not swap handlers after the draw to change the entry to a first dog/handler unless the trial is not full. 

●      If a trial level is not full after the draw of Qualified Entries, then there will be a Secondary Draw of any entries received that did not meet the ORT or title requirements. These entries will be accepted pending completion of the requirements. Note: dogs must earn the appropriate ORT and prior title level at least 3 days prior to the trial date to be eligible to compete. If the required title or ORT is earned less than 14 days prior to the event, it is the competitor’s responsibility to notify the host that the requirement has been completed.

●      After all entries received during the draw period are processed, if the trial level is still not full, entries will continue to be accepted in the order they are received through the closing date or when entries fill.

●      For Exhibit Only Dogs (FEO): Dogs running FEO are not eligible to receive titles or earn placement ribbons. FEO results will not be included in the posted trial results. 

If space remains after all qualified entries are accommodated on June 15, then we will offer spaces for those who wish to run a dog For Exhibition Only (FEO). Second dog/handler FEO entries on the same day will be offered spaces after July 2, 2ND DOG FEO ENTRIES ACCEPTED 

The trial host of an event has the right to refuse entry of any competitor or dog for just cause as approved by the National Trial Committee. Just cause includes lack of adherence to NACSW™ rules and guidelines and the policies outlined in each event entry premium.

●      Some trial entries may be given priority entry based on contributions to the organization and the trial process.

You will be notified via e-mail of the results of the random draw by 5 PM Pacific Time Monday, June 22, 2020

If you have a spam blocker on your email account, please configure it to allow email from in order to ensure delivery of confirmation and information about this trial. 


You will then have 48 hours to complete your payment to confirm your space in the trial. Trial payments are payable to Lets Talk Dogs by PayPal. PayPal and credit card are paid through the PayPal site - no PayPal account required. We are taking PayPal payments only for this trial. 


A waiting list for alternates will be started as soon as entries fill.

Alternates will be contacted when a space opens.  

Depending on last minute trial logistics, we may opt to not fill all canceled spaces.

NACSW™ reserves the right to cancel a trial if minimum entry numbers are not met.


Be sure you read and understand the guidelines for this trial before entering. By submitting a registration for this NACSW™ Trial, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and accept the policies and liability information of NACSW™.




The following cancellation policy applies: The following cancellation policy applies: The following cancellation policy applies:
For cancellation of entries on or before 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday, July 6, 2020 – Full refund minus a $25 processing fee for NW3, $15 processing fee for ESTs.
For cancellation of entries after 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, July 6, 2020:
• 50% refund will be issued if host can fill your space.
• No refund will be issued after this date if host can’t fill your space.
• No refunds will be issued for cancellations during the last 72 hours before the trial weekend.
• You can receive a full refund if you opt to volunteer on the day you were competing (this would be in addition to, not instead of any shift you may have volunteered for).
• Please note: Due time constraints, host may opt to not fill cancelled spaces and no refund will be issued. No refunds for no-shows. 


If you earn the title for the level you are entering after the refund period has ended then you must contact the trial host at within 48 hours of earning your title and at least 72 hours before the trial you are registered for to let them know you are no longer eligible. If you contact the host within 48 hours of titling and at least 72 hours before their trial and (1) they are unable to fill your space then you won't be given a refund but will be allowed to keep your space in the trial and run your dog FEO or (2) they are able to fill your space then a refund will be issued minus the processing fee listed in the cancellation policy. If you fail to contact the host within 48 hours of earning your title and at least 72 hours before the trial you are registered for then you will forfeit your space, you will not be allowed to run as FEO, and no refund will be issued.


All cancellations must be emailed to


Entry fees shall not be refunded if a dog or handler is absent, disqualified, or excused by the NACSW™ official or judge.


This cancellation and refund policy applies to competitors that must withdraw for any reason including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons.


If the trial cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, or any other cause beyond the control of the trial organizers, then the trial host will make their best effort to provide partial refunds after recouping their expenses.




Trial Conditions

Modeled after real-life detection work, NACSW™ trials are held in many different locations, with a variety of terrain, under varying weather conditions. Dogs and handlers need to be able to safely negotiate a variety of surfaces, including, but not limited to, tile, linoleum, carpeting, gravel, asphalt, uneven surfaces, and slippery footing. Handlers should be prepared to deal with a variety of weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain and snow. Trials frequently require covering extensive distances to get to and from the parking area to each of the search areas and generally require that this be done across natural, uneven surfaces. Handlers should be prepared for the physical demands and must be able to navigate the terrain with their dog accordingly. Participants should expect to spend most of the day outside or in their vehicles as there are rarely indoor crating options at trials. Please be prepared for you and your canine partner to deal with all these varying environmental challenges. Handlers should familiarize themselves with potential regional risks and health concerns that may affect themselves or their dogs. Handlers agree that they are entering this trial at their own risk.  


Site Specific Conditions

The trial site is a school. There is a paved parking lot and paved gravel walkways. There may be long walks to or from search areas that may include walking through grassy areas one of which has a slight slope. Bring shade supplies. There is little to no shade in the parking lot. Please note that the parking lot is relatively small. See details below about how that might affect your trial day. Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, the expected search areas, parking, and pathways to the search areas may be modified at the last minute.


Reactive Dog Parking

There will not be reactive dog parking at this trial. 

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.

Unentered Dogs

Unentered dogs must remain in the competitor’s vehicle during the trial day. There will be ample potty areas, but unentered dogs should not be allowed to “play”, exercise, or train on the trial grounds.  

RV Parking

There is LIMITED space for RVs to park in the competitor parking area during the trial day. To reserve a space, you will need to contact the host after you receive a confirmation that you have received a space in the trial. Email to reserve RV space. No overnight RV parking is available.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.

Running Vehicles or Generators in the parking lot

The parking is tight at this location and running your vehicles or generators in the parking lot is not allowed at this trial.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.


Smoking is not allowed on this trial site, including the use of e-cigarettes

A list of area hotels is available here:




Dog Policies

  • All dogs must be on a 6’ leash at all times when not being tested. NO flexi-leashes while not participating in a competition search.
  • Reactive and/or spatially challenged dogs should wear a red bandana (to be provided by the dog’s handler) to help signal others that the dog needs extra space from other dogs.
  • Dogs will be toileted in designated areas and handlers must pick-up and dispose of waste.
  • Dogs and handlers must stay in designated areas to avoid contaminating testing space, interrupting a test, or from viewing any part of the testing.
  • Competitors should expect to keep their dogs confined in a crate or vehicle when not competing. The logistics of a trial typically do not allow for dogs to hang out on leash in between searches. Competitors should plan to provide their own shade using canopies or shade cloths.   
  • Refer to Location Details (above) for information on unentered dogs. 
  • Females in Season
  • Will be allowed to run wearing “pants” at the very end of the running orders after all other dogs have been judged. Females in season will be parked and pottied in areas separate from the other dogs while at the trial if the location logistics permit. Handlers must contact so plans can be made for the dog.




Complete rules are available at www.NACSW.netIt is the responsibility of each competitor to read and understand the current NACSW™ Rule book prior to participating in a NACSW™ event.  



By registering for the trial, the competitor hereby assumes all risks of, and responsibility for, accidents and/or damage to her/himself or to her/his property or to others, resulting from the actions of her/his dog. The competitor expressly agree that the NACSW™, Rachelle Bailey Austin/About face K9 academy, Dorothy Turley/Let’s Talk Dogs, LLC and its assignees or any other person, or persons, of said groups, shall not be held liable personally, or collectively, under any circumstances, for injury, and/or damage to her/himself, for loss or injury to property, whether due to uncontrolled dogs or negligence of any member of said groups, or any other cause, or causes. The competitor also agrees to assume all financial liability that may be incurred by the NACSW™ due to the actions of themselves or their dogs regardless of the cause.


All competitors/handlers and spectators are expected to follow the rules of the NACSW™ and demonstrate good sportsmanship. This includes making sure the hide placements are unknown to the handler prior to testing and kept secret from other competitors. Please do not discuss hide placement or any details of a dog's performance that may provide information or clues to other handlers or may be overheard.


NACSW™ Results

Results for each search and overall will be posted after all searches are completed and scores are verified for you to record your results for your own records. It is your responsibility to ensure your scores are accurate prior to leaving trial grounds. If a discrepancy cannot be verified at the trial, you may be instructed to submit a score card review request. It is not the responsibility of the host or NACSW™ to return score sheets that are left behind or to mail ribbons that are not picked up.


All spectators must check in and sign a waiver. Spectating will be allowed at elements, space permitting and at the Certifying Official’s discretion. Spectators may not photograph or video searches. Children under 18 must always be directly supervised by a parent/guardian. No dogs will be allowed in the spectator area. No unentered dogs with spectators are allowed at the trial. Spectators are reminded that the hide placements must not be discussed nor should they speak with any competitors about what they saw until after the trial is complete. Competitors are not allowed to watch the trial at any time.


Videotaping and Photography

At this time, competitors may be allowed to take videos and photos of the search areas during the competitor walk through in order to help familiarize themselves with the search area. Due to site privacy issues or time constraints, competitors may not be allowed to photograph or video a search area during the walk through. At the host's discretion, a photographer and/or video service may be present during the trial to offer photos and/or videos for sale to the competitors.


As a condition of your entry, you agree to allow NACSW™, or their agents, to video you and your dog during the entirety of the NACSW™ event. These videos are the property of NACSW™. All competitors, through entry at any NACSW™ event, waive any and all rights relative to video broadcast or photography of such event.


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