Trial Location

Sunrise Ranch
10830 Sunrise Drive
Littlerock, CA 93543

Warning Regarding Site Conditions

This trial will take place at Sunrise Ranch, a private residence/ranch located on five acres of property at an elevation of approximately 3,400 feet. The terrain is rough, with long uphill walks from parking to the search areas, as described in more detail in the section below entitled, “Challenging Site Conditions.” Please do not submit an entry to this trial unless you expect to be able to navigate the site safely.

Please Note: It is not appropriate to visit the trial location prior to the trial date, nor should training take place on trial grounds once an event is approved/announced. Our locations are real life search environments where people work, go to school, etc. Pre-trial visits risk the host losing the opportunity to use the location again in the future.

Official NACSW™

K9 Nose Work® Element specialty Trial

December 8 & 9, 2018

Trial Host


Saturday AM: Level 1 Vehicles
Saturday PM: Level 2 Vehicles
Sunday AM: Level 1 Vehicles
Sunday PM: Level 2 Containers

There are no Breed Specific Legislatioin (BSL) requirements in the area.

 Certifying Official: 
Silke Wittig

 Saturday AM: Silke Wittig and Melissa Casanova
Saturday PM: Silke Wittig and Melissa Casanova
Sunday AM: Silke Wittig and Melissa Casanova
Sunday PM:  Silke Wittig and Melissa Casanova

 Entry Cost:
Level 1: $70 per dog and handler team
Level 2: $80 per dog and handler team

Number of Entries: 

Level 1: 35 Entries
Level 2: 25 Entries

Payable to:  JavaK9s through Square with credit card.

Instructions for payment will be sent with trial entry confirmation. To prevent notifications from going to your spam file, please enter into your email contact list:, and Always check your spam folder for emails.


Registration Entry and Closing:

  • Trial entry will open on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Entries will be awarded by random draw of all entries received between 9:00 a.m. October 10, 2018, and 9:00 a.m. October 12, 2018.
  • Trial entry will close when entries fill after the draw period or 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
  • NACSW reserves the right to cancel a trial if minimum entry numbers are not met.
  • The trial host of an event has the right to refuse entry of any competitor or dog for just cause as approved by the National Trial Committee. Just cause includes lack of adherence to NACSW rules and guidelines and the policies outlined in each event entry premium.
  • Note: We will not take payment until you are given a space in the trial. If you are given a space in the trial, you will receive information on how to submit payment. You will then have 48 hours to complete your payment to confirm your space in the trial.

Registration 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. You will receive a separate confirmation from to let you know if your entry has been given a space in the trial.

Entry Method:

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

  1. Complete the on-line trial entry between 9:00 a.m. October 10, 2018, and 9:00 a.m. October 12, 2018.
  2. The Handler is a NACSW™ member for the 2018-2019 membership year (August 1, 2018, to July 31, 2019).
  3. The Dog is registered with the NACSW™.
  4. Dogs participating in a trial must be at least one year of age.
  5. The Dog has passed the appropriate ORT(s) and prior title level at least 14 days before the trial opens for entries.
  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 the Level 1 title for the Element, but has not yet earned the Level 2 title for the Element.

Trial spaces will be awarded in the following manner:

  • Spaces will be awarded by a random draw of all Qualified Entries (see above) received between 9:00 a.m. October 10, 2018, and 9:00 a.m. October 12, 2018.
  • If you are having technical difficulties with the entry system, please email prior to the end of the draw period.
  • If a trial level 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. Please note: Dogs must earn the appropriate ORT and prior title level at least 3 days prior to the trial date to be eligible to compete. If the required title or ORT is earned less than 14 days prior to the event, it is the competitor’s responsibility to provide proof of the ORT or title to the event host in the form of a score book or a photo of the official results.

NoteIf you are entered in another trial before this one and earn the title for the level you are entering at this trial (i.e., L1V, L2V, or L2C), you will forfeit your space in this trial. You may request that the host add you to the list of those wishing to run their dog “For Exhibition Only” (FEO), in which case you may be given a space in the trial if space remains after all Qualified Entries are accommodated.  If you earn the title level after the refund period has ended, then you must contact the trial host at within 48 hours of earning your title and at least 72 hours before the trial for which you are registered to let them know you are no longer eligible. If you contact the host within 48 hours of titling and at least 72 hours before their trial and (1) they are unable to fill your space, then you won't be given a refund but will be allowed to keep your space in the trial and run your dog FEO; or (2) they are able to fill your space, then a refund will be issued minus the processing fee listed in the cancellation policy. If you fail to contact the host within 48 hours of earning your title and at least 72 hours before the trial for which you are registered then you will forfeit your space, you will not be allowed to run as FEO, and no refund will be issued.

  • After all entries received during the draw period are processed, if the trial level is still not full, entries will continue to be accepted in the order they are received through the closing date or when entries fill.
  • 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. If multiple dogs are selected in the draw, you may choose 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. Because this trial weekend includes two L1V trials, then second dog/handler entries in the alternate L1V trial may be accepted after all first dog/handler entries received by October 12, 2018, are accommodated.
  • Dogs may be given a space in multiple trials of different levels/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 on October 25, 2018, after all qualified first and second dog entries are accommodated, then we may accept entries for those who wish to run a dog For Exhibition Only (FEO). Dogs running FEO are not eligible to receive titles or earn placement ribbons. FEO results will not be included in the posted trial results.

You will be notified via e-mail of the results of the random draw by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) October 21, 2018. If you are given a space in the trial, you will receive information on how to submit payment. You will then have 48 hours to complete your payment to confirm your space in the trial.

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:

The following cancellation policy applies:

  • Forcancellation of entries on or before 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on November 24, 2018: Full refund minus a $20 processing fee.
  • For cancellation of entries after 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on November 24, 2018: no refunds will be given.

All cancellations must be emailed to

Entry fees shall not be refunded if a dog is absent, disqualified, or excused by the NACSW™ official or judge.

This cancellation and refund policy applies to competitors who 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:

At an Element Specialty Trial, there will typically be three to five  searches for each trial. This number may vary to allow for more locations to be obtained for trials. Difficulty will be adjusted by the Certifying Official through selection of areas, hide placement, etc. Search areas will tend to be varied in environment for each trial. For example, for a Level 1 Container search you might have container searches in large spaces, small spaces, inside, outside, with elevation, etc.

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 negotiate a variety of surfaces safely, 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, wind, 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 of 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 should familiarize themselves with potential regional risks and health concerns that may affect themselves or their dogs. Handlers agree that they are entering this trial at their own risk.

Challenging Site Conditions

Sunrise Ranch is a private residence/ranch located on ~5 acres of property at an elevation of approximately 3,400 feet. If you are not accustomed to being at elevation, it can be tiring! Competitor parking will be located in a dirt arena at the base of the property, and competitors will need to walk up a relatively steep incline to reach all search areas. The terrain (including the parking lot) is rough dirt and scrub, with neither paved paths on which to walk nor stairs to climb. Most, if not all, search areas will be outside and will require long uphill walks to reach them and equally long downhill walks to return to competitor parking.

There is no shade in the competitor parking area, so competitors will need to bring adequate shade and water for themselves and their dogs. They should also be aware that the Antelope Valley (where Sunrise Ranch is located) can be subject to strong winds, so they will want to secure any canopies and other shade coverings securely.


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 agrees that the NACSW™, Java K9s, and their 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

  • All dogs must be on a 6’ leash at all times when not being tested. Flexi-leashes may only be used while participating in a competition search. Flexi-leashes my not be used at any other time.
  • 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 from other dogs.
  • 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 viewing any part of the testing.
  • Unentered dogs must remain in the competitor’s vehicle during the trial day. There will be ample potty areas, but unentered dogs should not be allowed to “play,” exercise, or train on the trial grounds.
  • Competitors should expect to keep their dogs confined in a crate or vehicle when not competing. The logistics of a trial 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. When considering provisions for shade, keep in mind that the Antelope Valley is subject to strong winds and canopies will need to be staked and/or tied down.

Females in Season:

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 so plans can be made for the dog.

Other Information

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

Reactive Dog Parking:

Reactive dog parking will be available at this trial, with a separate potty area provided. If you would like to park in this area, please let us know that when you receive confirmation of your entry and submit payment. (Email us at There will be no separate warm up boxes for reactive dogs.

RV Parking:

We will have space for RVs to park in the competitor parking area during the trial day. However, reservations will be required. So that we can accommodate everyone efficiently, please email the host ( after you receive a confirmation that you have received a space in the trial to reserve an RV space. No overnight RV parking is available.

Running Vehicles or Generators in the Parking Lot:

Although there is reasonable parking space at the site, running generators and/or vehicles may not be permitted during the day, depending on conditions on that day. You will be informed during the general briefing if running generators and vehicles will be permitted. Absent such information, please assume that it will not be permitted.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.


Smoking is allowed on this trial site but only in designated smoking areas.


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™ Results and Ribbons:

Results for each search and overall results will be posted after all searches are completed and all scores are verified for you to record your results for your own records. It is your responsibility to ensure that your scores are accurate prior to leaving trial grounds. In the event that a discrepancy cannot be verified at the trial, you may be instructed to submit a score card review request. If competitors wish to know the reason for any faults received they will need to stay until final results are ready at the end of the element specialty trial to get that information from the score room workers. Results posted online will list the number of faults received but will not explain the reason(s) for the fault(s). Title ribbons can be picked up as soon as a competitor finishes his or her runs. It is not the responsibility of the host or NACSW™ to mail ribbons that aren’t picked up at the trial.


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


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 turnout. Children under 18 must be directly supervised by a parent/guardian 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 unentered 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 any time.

Video Taping and Photography:

At the host's discretion, a photographer and/or video service may be present during the trial to offer photos and/or videos for sale to the competitors.

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 on the Java K9s web site at


Trial-related questions may be directed to Sue Howarth (