K9 Nose Work ® Element Specialty Trials Premium

Official NACSW™
K9 Nose Work® Element Specialty Trials
July 12th and 13th, 2014

TRIAL LOCATION:
La Center, WA
Trial Host:
Joyce’s Dogs LLC

Saturday AM: Level 1 Containers
Saturday PM: Level 1 Exteriors
Sunday AM: Level 1 Interiors
Sunday PM: Level 1 Containers

Certifying Official:
Wendy Krehbiel
Entry Cost:
$60 per dog and handler team per trial
Number of Entries:
Containers: 30 per trial
Interiors and Exteriors: 25 per trial

Payable to Joyce’s Dogs LLC
(Via check made out to Joyce’s Dogs LLC)

One dog per handler per Level/Element


Registration Entry and Closing:

● Trial entry will open on Tuesday May 13th 2014, 9:00 AM Pacific Time. Entries will be awarded by random draw of all entries received between 9am May 13th 2014 and 9am May 15th 2014
● Trial entry will close when entries fill after the draw period or 9am Pacific Time on June 23rd 2014
● NACSW reserves the right to cancel a trial if minimum entry numbers are not met
Note: We will not be taking payment until you are given a space in one or more of the trials.If you are given a space in a trial, you will receive information on how to submit payment Your payment will than be due no later than 10 days after you are notified of your space in one or more of the trials.

Method:
All registration will be on-line via the link provided to the NACSW™ trial registration 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 joycesdogs@gmail.com to let you know if your entry has been given a space in the trial.

Registration Links (not active until Registration is open):
Containers: https://www.nacsw.net/trial-registration/845 (one link for both days and it will show a day choice)

Exteriors: https://www.nacsw.net/trial-registration/847

Interiors: https://www.nacsw.net/trial-registration/848

Entry Method:
Trial spaces will be awarded in the following manner:
● Spaces will be awarded by a random draw of all Qualified Entries (see below) received between 9AM Pacific Time, May 13th 2014 and 9AM Pacific Time on May 15th 2014

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

● If a trial element 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: If you are entered in another trial before this one and earn the title for the level/element you are entering at this trial, you will forfeit your space in this trial. If there is space remaining after all Qualified Entries are accommodated then you will be given the option of keeping your space and retesting at that title level. If you cancel your entry or forfeit your space after the refund period has ended then no refunds will be issued.

● After all entries received during the draw period are processed, if the trial element[s] you entered is/are still not full, entries will continue to be accepted in the order they are received through the closing date of June 23rd 2014, or when entries fill if before that date.

● You may enter multiple dogs for entry in the draw. However, only one dog/handler per level/element will be accepted into the trial. Entry will go to the dog selected in the draw – you may not swap to an alternate dog. In the event that 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. In the event that a trial weekend includes two trials of the same level/element, then second dog/handler entries in the alternate trial of the same level/element may be accepted after all first dog/handler entries received by June 30th 2014 are accommodated

● Dogs may be given a space in multiple trials of different level/elements during a trial weekend. No dog may enter the same element at two different levels on the same trial weekend.

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

● If space remains after all qualified first and second dog entries are accommodated on June 30th 2014 then we may accept entries for those who have earned the current title level – and wish to retest at the same level. Entrants retesting at the same level will be For Exhibition Only (FEO) and will not be eligible to receive title or placement ribbons. FEO results will not be included in the posted trial results.

For a period of time we will allow entry into the Element Specialty Trials based on your NW1™, NW2™, NW3™ title level. So, those with a NW1 title may opt to enter the Level 2 Element Specialty Trials. Those with a NW2™ title may opt to enter the Level 3 Element Specialty Trials. All competitors have the option to start with Level 1 Element Specialty Trials. Once a qualifying score has been earned at a level/element, the dog will not be allowed to enter at a lower level for that element.

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

  1. Complete the on-line trial entry between 9am May 13th 2014 and 9am May 15th 2014
  2. The Handler is a NACSW™ member for the 2013-2014 membership year (8/1/13- 7/ 31/14).
  3. The Dog is registered with the NACSW™
  4. The Dog has passed the appropriate ORT for the level entered at least 14 days before the trial opens for entries.
  5. The Dog has earned the prior title level at least 14 days prior to the trial date.
  6. Qualified entry for Level 1 – Dog has not earned the Level 1 title for the Element.
  7. Qualified entry for Level 2 – Dog has earned a NW1 title level OR has earned the Level 1 title for the Element, but has not yet earned the Level 2 title for the Element.
  8. Qualified entry for Level 3 – Dog has earned a NW2 title level OR has earned the Level 2 title for the Element, but has not yet earned the Level 3 title for the Element.

You will be notified via e-mail of the results of the random draw by 5:00PM (pacific time) May 29th 2014

A waiting list for alternates will be started as soon as entries fill.
Alternates will be contacted when a space opens. Note: Depending on last minute trial logistics, we may opt to not fill all canceled spaces.

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™.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds
The following cancellation policy applies:
• For cancellation of entries on or before 5pm pacific time July 1st 2014 – Full refund.
• For cancellation of entries after July 1st 2014 – no refunds will be issued.

All cancellations must be emailed to joycesdogs@gmail.com

Entry fees shall not be refunded in the event that a dog 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.

No part of the fee will be refunded 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.

Trial Conditions:
Modeled after real-life detection work, K9 Nose Work® 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 of these varying environmental challenges. Handlers agree that they are entering this trial at their own risk.

Liability:
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™, Joyce’s 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.


Dog Policies

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.
● 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.
● Please leave un-entered dogs at home.
● 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.

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 joycesdogs@gmail.com so plans can be made for the dog.


Other Information

Rules:
Complete rules are available at www.NACSW.net.

    It is the responsibility of each competitor to read and understand the current NACSW™ Rule book prior to participating in a NACSW™ event.

Sportsmanship:
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™ Scorebook:
Competitors will need to bring their NACSW™ Scorebook to the registration table at the end of the element specialty trial if they wish to have their results officially recorded. Scorebooks will not be collected at the beginning of the day.

Volunteers:
Please note that competitors may not volunteer in a trial they are competing in, however, they may volunteer for the Element Specialty Trial in the other half of the same day.

Spectators:
Family members and friends are welcome to watch certain elements if there is appropriate viewing space for a gallery that will not interfere with the dog working or the judging. Limits may be put on the number of spectators depending on the turn out. Children under 18 must be directly supervised at all times. Spectators MUST check-in at registration, sign a waiver, and get a name badge. No dogs will be allowed in the spectator area. No un-entered dogs 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 anytime.

Video Taping and Photography:
Videos and photos of the competition or competition areas are not allowed at this time, except by NACSW™ approved photographers/videographers. No portion of any event may be videotaped or photographed for commercial or other purposes without written authorization from NACSW™. All photographs, video broadcast, and telecast rights for NACSW™ events are the exclusive property of NACSW™.

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.

Hotels and Directions:
A list of area hotels and directions will be provided with the confirmation information.

Questions:
For all trial related questions, contact Joyce at joycesdogs@gmail.com putting LA CENTER TRIAL in the subject line will help me get to you faster.

PLEASE check the following page before you make an inquiry as the answer to your question may be posted here and will save us both time!

http://joycesdogs.com/k9-nose-work-trials/ -> click the button that indicates general trial updates/info