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Cheyenne, WY — Odor Recognition Test (ORT)

April 25, 2020


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Odors: Birch, Anise, Clove

Saturday, April 25, 2020

 Pioneer Park Center
1331 Talbot Court, Cheyenne, WY  82001

 The test facility is a city-owned recreation facility.  The tests will be held in the building gymnasium.  There are no steps to enter or exit the building.  Flooring inside the building is vinyl.  The proposed entry from the parking lot is paved and there is no curb in front of the building.  The proposed exit will be across a grassed area that may be somewhat unlevel to the parking lot.  The building is handicap accessible, though some accommodation may be required.  See below for more information on requesting ADA accommodation.  The parking lot is fully paved.  Dog potty areas are on a mowed field.  There are no significant elevation changes across the site.  Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, the expected test area, parking, and/or pathways may be modified at the last minute.

 This is a high elevation location (6100 feet above sea level).  Maintaining adequate hydration for you and your dog at this altitude environment is important.  While the test is late spring, the high altitude location means that sun exposure can still cause sunburn.  There is no shade available in the parking lot.

 Average temperatures in Cheyenne on April 25th are a high of 58 and a low of 33.  However, weather in the high plains can be ANYTHING!  Be prepared for any combination of freezing/snowy conditions to rainy/cool to hot/sunny.  Moderate to strong winds are likely in April.  On a windy day, gusts as high as 40-50+ MPH are possible.  Interstates 25 and 80 through Wyoming periodically close to light, high profile vehicles such as semis, RVs, and travel trailers.  If you plan to bring a light, high-profile vehicle, checking the weather and road conditions before you come is essential.

Entry method – First received By Online Entry at  Successful entrants will receive a confirmation email with a link for payment.  Payment must be made within three days of notice of entry.  Payment is online through PayPal.  No PayPal account is required.

Entries close:  April 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time or when entry limits have been met.  A wait list will be established if needed.

 Entries are LIMITED to 100 tests.  Second dog tests will be available.

 Test Site Hours:  8:30 AM to end of the day’s testing.  Details regarding check in time and briefing will be sent approximately 1 week before the ORT.

Odors:  Birch, Anise, and Clove

Test Secretary:  Barb Sahl, The Elemental Dog, LLC;

Veterinarians:  Avenues Pet Clinic, 5520 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, WY, 307-778-3007

Test Site Information:  Indoor crating is not available at this site.  Crating will be out of competitor vehicles.  There are ample potty areas around the parking lot.  All dogs must be on a 6’ leash at all times when not being tested.  No flexi-leashes for walking dogs on test site grounds; flexis may be used in the test itself.

Entry Requirements:  The handler of the dog must be a current member of the NACSW™.  The dog must be registered with the NACSW™.  For information on how to register or become a member go to

Trial Eligibility and ORTs:  An ORT must be taken and passed at least 14 days before a trial opening date to be eligible for the first draw period.

Entry Fee and Second Dog Policy:  $30.00 entry fee per odor per dog.
Payable via PayPal or a credit card through the PayPal site – no PayPal account is required.  Payment link will be provided with entry confirmation email.

 Closing Date:  April 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time

Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • For cancellation of entries on or before 5:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time April 10, 2020 – Full refund minus $10 processing fee.
  • For cancellation of entries after 5:00 PM MDT April 10, 2020 and on or before 5:00 PM MDT April 20, 2020 no refunds will be issued unless the space can be filled. In that case a refund will be issued minus a $10 processing fee.
  • For cancellation of entries after 5:00 PM MDT April 20, 2020 no refunds will be issued.

Cancellations must be submitted to Barb Sahl of The Elemental Dog, LLC at

ENTRY FEES shall not be refunded in the event that a dog is absent, disqualified, or excused by the NACSW™ official or judge.

Video/Photography Policy:  ORT participants are allowed to have a friend or family member video/photograph their test.  ORT participants are not allowed to video/photograph one another.  ORT hosts are not obligated to provide someone to video/photograph.

ADA Requests:  If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request accommodation(s), please email  Please include your name, ORT date, ORT host name, and your requested accommodation(s).

Results:  During the odor re-sets, the official results sheet will be brought out to the parking area for testers to photo or review.  We recommend you verify your results on the official results sheet and let your host or judge know if you have any questions regarding your results.

Directions to the test site:

Site location:

Pioneer Park Center (PPC)
1331 Talbot Court, Cheyenne, WY  82001

 From I-25 take the Randall Avenue exit (exit 11).
Turn southeast toward town for two blocks.
Turn south on Cribbon for four blocks.
Turn west on Talbot Court.
Go past the baseball field and turn left into the PPC parking lot.

 From I-80, take I-25 north and follow the directions above.

 Note that Google Maps seems to place the location pin a block too far east.  Adjust as noted above.

 Dog-friendly Hotels:  Verify with all hotels that pet-friendly rooms are available.

 My Place Hotel                                                Microtel
1920 West Lincolnway                                    1400 West Lincolnway
Cheyenne, WY  82001                                     Cheyenne, WY  82001
307-634-1400                                                  307-274-4593

TEST Information – Notice to Exhibitors

THE TEST SITE will be open from 8:30 AM until the end of the day’s testing

CHECK-IN/HANDLER BRIEFING:  Details regarding check in time and briefing will be sent by email approximately 1 week before the ORT.

An ORT must be taken and passed at least 14 days before a trial opening date to be eligible for the first draw period.

 NO SPECTATORS ARE PERMITTED IN THE SEARCH AREA during the ORT except NACSW™ officials, adults accompanying a minor, CNWI-in-training, or immediate family members/friends of the dog/handler team currently being tested.


  • OWNERS are responsible for errors in making out entry forms.

DOGS PRESENT will not be permitted to roam.  Exhibitors are responsible for the behavior of their dogs.  The owner of each dog is solely responsible for having it ready when it is to be judged.  Be prepared to keep your dog in your car when not being tested or on leash at all times.  There is no inside crating at this test. 

FEMALES IN SEASON – Contact your test host at least 1 day before the ORT if this becomes a possibility

 DOGS PARTICIPATING in ORT must be at least six months of age and must appear to be healthy on test day and should be current on all vaccinations required by law.

Acknowledgement of entry acceptance/confirmation will be made when entries are processed.  Teams that are entered in the ORT will receive confirmation email with entry information and a link for payment.

BASIC DESCRIPTION OF TEST – to successfully pass an ORT a dog must identify the location of the target odor and the handler must correctly call an “alert” within a three-minute time period.  The Odor Recognition Test consists of a drill type exercise which requires 12 closed boxes set up in a pattern of one or two rows, spaced a minimum of 48” apart.  The ORT is conducted on leash.  Complete information can be obtained on the NACSW™ website.

All exhibitors should obtain and review a copy of the NACSW™K9 NOSE WORK® RULE BOOK. You may get it from their website: