NACSW Rule Update

For those of your participating in NACSW and those of you practicing with the book NACSW is making some major rule changes. You can find the rule book at

The summary of the changes is:

  1. Effective October 1, 2017: NW2 may now have up to 3 hides in a single search.
  2. Effective October 1, 2017: At Elite Division Trials there will only be 30 second warnings for searches 3 minutes or longer.
  3. Container searches at Elite may contain novel (non-food/non-toy distractors)
  4. Effective October 1, 2017 teams must earn a minimum score of 43 points at an Elite Division Trial for the points to be included in a competitor’s accumulation of points towards their Elite Title.
  5. Effective October 1, 2017 there are changes to the types of containers that will be used at NW2/NW3/Elite trials. 
  • NW1 – No change (boxes only, 1 hide). 
  • NW2 – Distractors present, known number of hides (1, 2 or 3), boxes, add additional container types – needs to be new and non-fabric (plastic bins, metal tins, paint cans, etc).
  • NW3 – Distractors may be present, unknown number of hides (1, 2, or 3), same container options as NW2. 
  • Elite – Add used and fabric containers like backpacks and luggage.

I actually think the changes for NW2 will help many handlers and dogs work their way up since the difference between the levels will not be as great.

© Abby Razer 2014