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To create opportunities for dogs to develop their natural scenting abilities, and to conduct competition design and trial sanctioning, official instructor certification, and education in an ethical, enriching, canine-centered environment.


We strive to harness dogs’ searching and scenting instinct to build strong human-animal bonds through scent detection activities that encourage mutual respect and illuminate the amazing abilities of our canine companions.

As the premier canine scent work organization, we endeavor to reach as many dog-handler teams as possible through the NACSW℠ Trial Division and the K9 Nose Work® Education and Instructor Certification program.

Who We Are

The National Association of Canine Scent Work® (NACSW℠) is an organization that encompasses education, the activity, and the competitive sport of Nose Work.

Trial Division (Competition)

The NACSW℠ trial division sanctions trials to ensure consistency throughout our competitive events. We embrace competitors of all scent work training methods.

Education Division

The K9 Nose Work® methodology was designed to bring the activity of scent detection to as many dogs and people as possible, regardless of training history or individual skill sets.

Through instructor training and certification, we are focused on expanding the underlying K9 Nose Work® philosophy envisioned by the founders, which was the genesis of scent detection competition. K9 Nose Work® is designed to be a dog-driven, easily accessible activity and strives to have consistency of application through the certification of instructors.

Core Values

Honesty, fairness, and trustworthiness

Inviting dogs and handlers of varying ages, temperaments, and physical fitness to participate in K9 Nose Work®.

Holding the conduct of NACSW instructors, staff, members, and volunteers to the highest standards.

Building camaraderie and lasting relationships that grow the activity and sport to reflect positively on dogs and dog lovers.

Cultivating an atmosphere of respect, support, and friendly competition for all involved.

Especially for the dogs, for whom titles and awards make no difference.

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