NNCDS2017LogoBlue

 

Air Scent Test

• Area Size shall be 60-80 acres. Final size is determined at evaluator discretion based on local terrain, weather conditions and working conditions. Handler shall be provided with a map at the beginning of the test.
• GPS can be used by handler.
• Handler will have ten minutes to develop a strategy and, if needed, incorporate any points into the GPS.
• Total time for test is 2 hours, including any breaks.
• Handler must brief strategy. If the strategy changes, handler needs to verbally update evaluator.
• Dog should perform final response once subject is located. Subject will be unresponsive throughout the test evaluation.
• Area will not be used for more than 2 tests within a 24 hour period. Subject must remain in same location. If necessary, subject can exit between tests, but must exit and return on same path.
• A scent article will be available but provided only on handler request.
• Handler must identify the strategy used and final location of the subject on the map given to them by the evaluator.

 

Expanded Standards
Area Size 60-80 acres
• Area size is at evaluator discretion. Larger wooded areas would trend towards the smaller size, however larger open areas would trend towards the larger size. Temperature and terrain may also be taken into account.
• A map (topographic or aerial, but including UTM grid) shall be provided to the testee and include the marked boundaries as well as corners of the area. The evaluator should try to use existing boundaries (fences, gulley, ridges, creeks, roads) to define the area, however it is not required. The boundaries do NOT have to be physically marked. During the test, the evaluator will not assist the testee with location of any boundary unless such a boundary is repetitive within the area (i.e. additional fence lines, creeks exist and are confusing).
• If the team exits the area the evaluator should write down the time exited. If 5-10 minutes elapses without the handler correcting this error, or if the handler is encroaching another area, this constitutes a fail. If the handler realizes the error, they are allowed to return to the area under their own navigation and continue, however the 2 hour time limit is still in place.
• Evaluator should remain close to the testee at all times, within speaking distance and consistently moving with the testee. Evaluator can ask handler for an update on strategy or status at any point.
• When presenting the map to the handler, the evaluator should point out on the map their current location, and detail verbally what constitutes the boundaries (creek/fence) or state that the boundaries are determined by GPS or a combination of the two. The evaluator does not need to point or identify actual boundaries between the map and the area itself.

 

GPS can be used by handler.
• GPS can be used, therefor boundaries of the area should be clear but do not have to be physically marked. Corners making up boundaries must be identified on the map to allow a testee to establish GPS coordinates from the map and enter into their GPS.
• Handler will have ten minutes to develop a strategy and, if needed, incorporate any points into the GPS.

 

Total time for test is 2 hours, including any breaks.
• The evaluator will write down the time started and time ended. The evaluator is allowed to give time updates to the handler, but only at handler request.
• The evaluator may stop the test at any time if they believe the handler, dog or evaluator are in danger. They should detail this on the evaluation sheet as needed.

 

Handler must brief strategy. If the strategy changes, handler needs to verbally update evaluator.
• The handler must maintain this strategy or similar, however, they are allowed to change it. If they do not update the evaluator at the time they must brief the changed strategy at the end of the evaluation. If the handler briefs a totally different strategy than is followed, and has no awareness of the incorrect navigation, this could constitute a failure depending on the overall test.
• The handler should not be judged on whether the plan itself is a good/bad plan. It will either be successful or not with respect to the practical test. If the evaluator believes a better plan may have worked better/quicker, this can be part of the debrief. If the handler has a bad plan but successfully makes the find without assistance (based on other criteria), they should pass but planning should be mentioned in the debrief.

 

Dog should perform final response once subject is located.
• Note, this is not a MUST/SHALL. If the handler can truly read the dogs behavior and return to subject unguided (ie without making a visual and handler taking dog back in) evaluator may choose to pass the team. If the handler misreads the dog and the subject is not located, this would constitute a fail. This will be at evaluator discretion and may also be based off the overall strategy and conditions of the test as well as the response of the dog during the course of the test.
• Subject shall be placed in a non-visual location by the evaluator and will not be elevated or inside something (i.e. duck blind, old car etc). This can be via GPS point or by walking the subject to the location. Subject should not be visually obvious but should not be completely camouflaged. Camoflage clothing or blanket is acceptable but subject should not be completely covered. Subject should be against a tree, rock, or in vegetation that would make it difficult for the testee to visually see him/her. Subject shall be non-responsive to the dog. Extreme care shall be used if handler uses a food reward to not leave food in this area of the subject if another dog is to be tested there.

 

Area will not be used for more than 2 tests within a 24 hour period.
Subject must remain in same location. If necessary, subject can exit between tests, but must exit and return on same path.

 

A scent article will be available but provided only on handler request.
Minimally, this should be a 4x4 gauze pad that the subject carried with them for a minimum of 30 minutes.

• Recommend a scent article inside a zipped style plastic bag, then inside a paper bag or alternate plastic bag (i.e. grocery bag). In briefing, be very clear that the scent article is double bagged.

 

Handler must identify the strategy used and final location of the subject on the map given to them by the evaluator.
• This should be fairly accurate but does not have to be precise. The strategy debrief should fairly well reflect the actual strategy used, and the final location should be fairly accurate. If the handler is unable to do either accurately, this would constitute a failure of the practical test.

JSN Mico template designed by JoomlaShine.com