NACSW: NW1 Trial Prep

The NW1 Trial Prep class will mentally and physically prepare teams for NACSW™ NW1 trials. Some of the topics covered include preparing for trial, threshold training, reading your dog, searching on grass, proofing, training with distractions, pooling odor, conquering your trial nerves and more!

Course Details

Congratulations!  You’ve passed your ORTs trial and now you’re ready to enter your first trial.  In this class we will cover how to best prepare yourself for an NW1 trial.  Not only will we cover what to expect at a trial, but also how to train for it.  Let’s get started!

Meet Your Instructor

Lori Timberlake

Lori Timberlake

NACSW Program Instructor

AKC Scent Work Judge
UKC Certifying Official
USCSS Judge and CSD
Summit-Level Competitor
Certified International Dog Parkour Instructor
Owner of Do Over Dog Training

Should I Take This Course?

Are you planning to enter a NW1 trial? Ensure you and your dog are ready for the challenge with the training and handling tips provided in this course.


Team should have passed their ORTs for birch, anise and clove.

What You Will Need for This Course

  • your dog

  • flat or martingale collar

  • back-clip harness (optional)

  • 6'-8' leash

  • 10-15' long line

  • LOTS of small, non-crumbly treats that YOUR dog finds rewarding

  • 20-25 containers (cardboard, plastic or metals - at least the size of a shoe box)

  • Odor kit that includes: Birch and Anise, several hide vessels (tins, tubes, straws) and way to secure your hides (Museum Putty, Glue Dots, etc.)

Course Outline

  • Staging Areas, Start Lines and Thresholds...Oh My!

  • Reading Your Dog/Building Duration at Source

  • Searching on Grass

  • Body Language and Leash Handling

  • Pattern Searching Through Hide Placement

  • Distractions, Pooling/Trapping Odor and Conquering Trial Nerves

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