WATER RESCUE: The Newfoundland is well built for water work. He has a water resistant double coat, a strong muscled tail, webbed feet, ears that cling close to the head and a strong swimming style resembling the breast stroke.
Great Britain first sponsored formal water tests for Newfoundlands in the late 1800's. These tests offer Newfoundlands an opportunity to perform a series of exercises to show their natural life-saving instincts. The Newfoundland Club of America encourages its members to foster and maintain working dog abilities.
The Colonial Newfoundland Club offers interested owners the activities to train and test their Newfs in Water Rescue.
For more information on Water Training: PONC Water Rescue Basics.
and NCA Water Rescue Guidelines.
CARTING: The Newfoundland has been used as a true working dog, dragging carts with heavy loads like a pack horse. Draftwork showcases the bond between dog and handler. The dogs learn many commands, and are trained to ignore distractions.
The NCA Draft Test is a series of exercises designed to promote the working heritage of the Newfoundland Dog.
You can read more about this activity on the NCA Draft Work page.
OTHER WORKING DOG ACTIVITIES
Training Tips for Working Dogs
Top of the Pops for Water
CNC Water Rescue Training: HELP!
Grooming & Puppy Care
GETTING STARTED AT
Here are some of the essential items for Swimming Practice at Codorus:
-Life jacket for human (Park requires this if you are more than waist deep);
-Float Vest for dog if the dog is new to swimming;
-100ft. of floating rope;
-High-value stinky treats;
-Treat pouch that can attach to your life jacket for easy access.
More advanced training will require oar, cushion, and extra rope.
The book Water Work, Water Play by Judi Adler is a good resource. Available from Water Work, Water Play