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NACSW: NW3 Trial Prep

The NW3 Trial Prep class will mentally and physically prepare teams for NACSW™ NW3 trials.  Some of the topics covered include covering the search area and reading when your dog has found all of the hides or if there are no hides, building stamina, training for high hides, how not to get lost during the search, dealing with the stress of the unknown, working under pressure as well as tips on how to prepare for the day of the trial will be covered.

Container Details

Congratulations!  You’re moving right along. You’ve passed NW2 and you’re ready to tackle NW3.  The biggest change from NW2 to NW3 is an unknown amount of hides.  You will also have an additional interior search (3) and you may have additional vehicles in your vehicle search (up to 5).  This may sound very difficult, but this class will help you not only train the skills you need to pass this level, but more importantly will help you with your mental game plan.  At this level your dog knows what to do – now it’s your turn to add something to the team!  This class will give you the skills to do just that.  You can’t have FUN with your dog if you’re stressed – let’s work on that!


Team should have passed an NW2 trial and be proficient on Birch, Anise and Clove.

What You Will Need:

  • 6-8' leash
  • 10'-15' long line
  • LOTS of small, non-crumbly treats that YOUR dog finds rewarding
  • 20 – 25 containers (cardboard, plastic and/or metal - at least the size of a shoe box)
  • Odor kit that includes: Birch, Anise & Clove, several hide vessels (tins, tubes, straws), and a way to secure your hides (Museum Putty, Glue Dots, etc.)

Course Outline

  • Preparing for Trial
  • Blank Rooms/Knowing When Your Dog Has Found All the Hides
  • Pitfalls to Avoid
  • Containers
  • Covering Similar Looking Search Areas
  • High Hides
  • Mental Preparation

Meet Your Speaker:

Lori Timberlake

Lori Timberlake

NACSW Program Instructor

Lori's Credentials



AKC Scent Work Judge

UKC Certifying Official

USCSS CSD and Judge

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Student Enrollment

Virtual equivalent to in-person group classes. Submit videos of your homework assignments and work directly with an online instructor.


  • Full access to all course materials
  • Full access to course forum
  • Submit homework and videos
  • Detailed review from instructor


Next Session Starts April 6th

Grants you access to all the course materials and forum for one full year.

Auditor Enrollment

Enhanced option with the ability to post to the forum and ask instructor questions without the pressure of submitting homework or videos.


  • Full access to all course materials
  • Full access to general forum
  • May view homework forum
  • May ask instructor questions


Rolling Enrollment

Grants you access to all the course materials and forum for one full year.

Watcher Enrollment

Basic access to course materials, this is the most flexible option where you can go through the material at your own pace, when it works best for you. 


  • Full access to all course materials
  • May view general forum
  • May view homework forum
  • Unable to ask instructor questions 


Rolling Enrollment

Grants you access to all the course materials and forum for one full year.

NOTE: You will be directed to the Online Dog Training University website to complete your purchase.

This is where you will login and access your course and forum.

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