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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.
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.





Therapy animals are privately owned and visit facilities on a regular basis. Therapy dogs are normally part of a team which visits places like schools and hospitals. 



Dog agility is a sport where you direct your dog through a obstacle course within a certain time limit. Courses typically have between 14-20 obstacles, which can include tunnels, weave poles, tire jumps, seesaws, and pause tables where the dog must stop for a set amount of time. 



AKC tracking events are the competition form of canine search and rescue. These Tracking events provide training for dogs and their handlers to find lost humans or other animals, as well as, demonstrate the high level of scent capability that dogs possess.



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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;
-Water shoes;
-Assorted bumpers;
-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


Open Swim Dates have been set up with Park management to allow CNC members (and members of other regional NCA clubs) to train. If you are interested in participating, text Liz McCully 443-528-2612. Liz coordinates who is coming, bringing at boat, etc. 

The etiquette for these open swim dates is based on mutual cooperation and support. Participants share knowledge, equipment and offer help as needed. Dogs must be leashed, in control, and in a crate or X-Pen when not working. Dogs are exhausted and flooded with a lot of new information and stimulus. They need a safe resting place to recharge and get the most out of training. This is not just swimming, but a learning and training environment.


CNC usually has 2-3 volunteers experienced with Water Training Basics and Testing Exercises. They are an invaluable resource to owners starting out or needing practice.

Become familiar with Park Rules and Training Times. The Colonial Newfoundland Club does not want anyone taking an unnecessary risk. You are not allowed to train except on CNC scheduled dates.
Housekeeping:  Well-maintained bathrooms are at the end of the parking lot.  Please don’t let your dog pee or poop on the beach.


Open Swim Dates 2022

Saturday, May 21
Sunday, May 22
Tuesday, May 31
Wednesday, June 1
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5 (must vacate area before 4pm)
Tuesday, June 7
Saturday, June 11
Sunday, June 12 (must vacate area before 4pm)
Saturday, June 25
Sunday, June 26 (must vacate area before 4pm)
Wednesday, July 6
Saturday, July 9

Sunday, July 10 (must vacate area before 4pm)

Tuesday, July 12

Wednesday, July 13

Tuesday, July 19
Wednesday, July 20
Saturday, July 23
Sunday, July 24 (must vacate area before 4pm)
Tuesday, July 26
Wednesday, July 27
Saturday, July 30
Sunday, July 31 (must vacate area before 4pm)

Saturday, October 1 (not shared)

Sunday, October 2 (not shared)

Tuesday, August 2

Wednesday, August 3

Saturday, August 6

Sunday, August 7 (must vacate area before 4pm)

Tuesday, August 9

Wednesday, August 10

Saturday, August 13

Sunday, August 14 (must vacate area before 4pm)

Sunday, August 21 (must vacate area before 4pm)

Wednesday, August 31

Tuesday, September 6 (must vacate area before 4pm)

Sunday, September 25 (must vacate area before 4pm)