Narcotics Test

This test is to determine the dog’s ability to detect narcotics. For testing the dog CANNOT miss any odors.  A miss is more than one (1) incorrect response. It will be up to the Master Trainer’s discretion to determine if the team will retake the entire test, or just the area that the miss occurred. If the team is retested in only one (1) area, no misses will be allowed.


  1. The reward used by the handler will not contain any narcotics.
  2. Pseudo narcotics will not be used for testing.
  3. The narcotics, and amounts, to be used for testing will be determined by the Master Trainer and provided by the Hosting Agency.

Testing will be conducted in two (2) of the following areas. The Master Trainer will determine which areas will be used for testing and the location of the substances to be tested.


The Master Trainer will use only one (1) hide for each odor being tested, which will be placed on the exterior or interior of the vehicles. A minimum of three (3) vehicles will be used, with at least one (1) being a “clean” vehicle.


There will be one (1) hide for each odor being tested. The size and amount of rooms used will be at the discretion of the Master Trainer. There will be at least one (1) “clean” room used during testing.


This will be offered to Teams that are “passive” response and trained in this area. The Handler will advise the Master Trainer of their training in this field. There will be at least 4 people in a designated area with 1 person having the substance on their person or in a designated container approved by the Master Trainer.

Any other Designated Area

Other areas used will be at the discretion of the Master Trainer and will depend on availability. Suggested areas are; lockers, luggage, boxes or any other area deemed suitable for testing by the Master Trainer.

The test will be on a pass/fail basis. The Master Trainer will determine if there will be a break between the testing of areas. There will be no time limits on the test as long as the Master Trainer determines that the team is still working.

Any urinating/defecating in training or testing area and/or around a “hide” is immediate grounds for failure!

The Narcotic certification will remain in effect forone year as long as a good standing member with NAPCH and the Team remains intact.