Copy Cat – info and rules

Copy Cat 

This is a search area that is great for smaller areas and that may have line of sight issues.

The search area can be anything that the person can see their dog from wherever they choose to release their dog. Can be off leash if the search area is fenced off and secure.

There is one hide and everyone can watch and see where the hide is.

There is a line that the handlers can not cross. This line goes around the entire search area and the handler chooses where to begin. Once a dog is released to search the handler may not move or talk after the initial search command is given.

The judge then watches the dog and says alert when the dog finds the hide. The handler then can run in and reward the dog by the hide.

This game works on several different skills, such as reading the search environment to plan where to release your dog, learning to be quiet and motionless while your dog is searching and for the dog to independently search.

Fastest time with no faults.

Moving or talking after the release or before the praise is a fault.

Minimum hides: 1

Maximum hides- 1

Minimum points – 95

Maximum false alerts – 1

USCSS News – Feb. 2021

Hello everyone,
We are hoping this finds you and your pups well. We are excited to get rolling on new things in the works for USCSS.

First and foremost we are happy to announce after working with 10 different programmers we are REALLY REALLY close to having a made for us, user-friendly scoring program!!!! One of the pluses of this new program is that the trial results can be uploaded to the USCSS site the day after the trial. Hats off to the affiliates that have been able to host trials and to all that have supported them. We are still in crazy town here in CA ;(

But we hope to get rolling again very soon! We are also working on getting the USCSS regionals on the calendar again. This may take some time as larger venues are still hard to come by due to COVID-19.

It is that time again to look at the USCSS rulebook and entertain input and suggestions and make needed or wanted amendments and rule changes or clarifications. We have a rule committee in place and they will take any constructive ideas from March 1st to March 15th, 2021. We appreciate you all, Affiliates, CSD’s, Judges, and Competitors and we welcome the input. Please submit any suggestions to Easytospotdals@gmail.comAnd give as much info as you can to support your ideas, if it is a rule change or clarification please include the rule.

While USCSS is not the oldest or biggest scent work organization we will continue to strive to be the most friendly and most fun scent work organization 🙂
Thank you Julie & Daneen

United States Canine Scent Sports

Two new Rules for 2020

USCSS will be issuing a couple of new rules in this new year. They will be in place immediately and we will see how they are received and implemented before making an official rule change.
A more in depth write up and explanation posted soon.
Items to be listed
1) judges can trial their dogs in trials
They are judging as long as the trial is not hindered. Judges can trial for Q’s at these trials but not for placements.
2) In areas where CSD’s are not plentiful, a trial can utilize judges to act as CSDs for the search areas that they are judging. The judge must actively be on the path to becoming a CSD at the time of the trial.

News and Update from USCSS

Hello Everyone,


We hope this finds you and your pups happy and healthy.


As USCSS™ just celebrated our 1-year anniversary, we wanted to go over a couple of things. First off, we would like to thank everyone for their support and patience over the last year. Every new endeavour has bumps, glitches and growing pains, and we are no exception. Some tasks were fairly easy and some turned out to be more of a challenge than we ever anticipated. We appreciate your care and patience with most of the later challenges.


At the core of this whole adventure of forming and growing USCSS™ is that we want it to be fun: fun for everyone including the dogs and handlers, officials and Affiliates. We want to offer dogs and handlers more opportunities to play this amazing game. It is our sincere hope that you will give USCSS™ a chance and learn to love and embrace the things that help set USCSS™ apart, such as the Games Classes, the potlucks and the sense of camaraderie that forms when people sharing a passion come together. We will continue to move forward with the goal of offering more Scent Work trials that are challenging yet fair and fun for all involved.


There are a couple of new things we are working on and we want you all to know what stage these are in, as well as items we will be working on in the near future.


Here are the cool things we are working on now:


  • Select Trials: Ready to be rolled out now. We are so very excited to offer these new types of trials. We think these might be the answer to help Affiliates and competitors get their feet wet and become more familiar and comfortable with USCSS™. Learn more about Select Trials here.
  • Online Real-Time Trial Run Order site: Actively being worked on now and this new little tool is super cool! We did a trial run at one of our trials and the feedback was great. We can’t wait to be able to offer this handy trial tool to everyone.
  • Individual Trial Results: next on the IT to-do list
  • Scoring Program: Being worked on now. Crossing our fingers, third time’s the charm 🙂
  • Affiliate Admin Access: This feature will allow each Affiliate to manage their own trial. On the IT to-do list.


Here are some of the things we will be working on in the future:



  • Junior Handler Program
  • National Competition



Lastly, we want to be sure you all know that USCSS™ has an open-door policy. We welcome any and all input, suggestions, questions and concerns. While not every suggestion or idea will be implemented, and we understand that we can not make every single person happy, we do know that being listened to and heard is important in all relationships and we do value our relationship with you. So, we are here to listen to you with the goal of making USCSS™ even better.


We are available by email, messenger and phone. Please know that the only way we can fix things is if we know they need fixing, so please do not hesitate to give us a heads up that something is amiss. We do our best to respond quickly, so if you don’t hear back from us within 24-hours, we did not get the message.  Here are all of our contacts:

Julie Sandoval, Co-Founder of USCSS™

(661) 269-1980 or (818) 399-6778


Dianna Santos, Judge and CSD Coordinator

(818) 515-1056


USCSS Title Certificates are Here !!!

The USCSS Title Certificates are now available!!!! What an exciting, exciting day today!!!

Log into your account, Click on your dogs registration number and then click on the title you would like to download. Thank you all for your patience and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

And Thank You to Sara and Claire for making this possible.


BowWows Colorado Springs, Co Judge & CSD Cert. Workshop

This past weekend BowWowz in Colorado Springs, CO hosted an outstanding Judge and CSD Certification Workshop and mock trial. USCSS™ is very fortunate to have this group of officials as part of the team; they are professional, thoughtful, kind and have a great sense of humor. The competitors rocked the mock trial and we want to thank them all for coming out and playing with their dogs. We look forward to more USCSS™ events in CO and across the country! Happy Sniffing!

Sept. Link Canine Coaching USCSS Candids

Congratulations to Link Canine Coaching , Michelle and Chris, on hosting their first USCSS Scent Work trials.Lots of great searching by some amazing teams.

Thank you to CSD Dianna Santos and judges Lindsey A and Sharon K. And a million thank yous to every single one of you that came to play and volunteered and enjoyed the day with friends and your pup/s.


Fringing and Trial Etiquette

With another fun USCSS trial in the books we now have the time to reflect on the trial and the rules. What is working and what areas would benefit from a few tweaks.
First we would like to thank everyone for all your patience as we take this new organization from infancy to the next stage. Growing pains are a fact of life and we appreciate your understanding.

Sometimes an idea with a specific intention is implemented and even if the intentions are honorable sometimes the real world application is too cumbersome. So we have run into this little issue and will be taking steps in fixing this.

The issue is with fringing.

The intention was to help green dogs and handlers be more successful. The reality is fringing, all the way around, seems beyond the grasp for all to wrap their heads around. And this is not a hill I choose to die on. So we will be updating the USCSS rule book to reflect the decision to take fringing out of the 2 lower levels of USCSS trials.

A couple of other things came up and we will be meeting to see how best to address these.
I would like to mention one of the issues here and give you all something to think about.
Hides and searches at a trial CAN NOT be talked about in any way shape or form while the trial is still running. It is not cool, not fair and down right disrespectful to do so.

Our hope was to not have a rule book that was of epic proportion. …. a little courtesy and common sense on everyone’s part will help keep the rule book a smaller size.
As soon as we revise the rules to reflect the above issues we will post it.

Again thank you all for your kind words and encouragement. I have to say that a few times during the Claremont trial I stopped and just soaked in the scene and the vibe, and it made my heart smile. I saw relaxed people enjoying the day with their best friends with like minded people in the beautiful outdoor setting with the sun shining on the bright green grass. Fun times indeed.