A multipurpose dog, at home on land and in water, the Newfoundland is capable of draft work and possesses natural lifesaving abilities.
The Newfoundland Club of America (NCA) has designed a series of exercises to develop and demonstrate the natural abilities of the Newfoundland dog. These exercises are in the form of an NCA Water Test and an NCA Draft Test. In both tests the emphasis is on teamwork between the dog and the handler and the dog's willingness to work.
Old West Newfoundland Club (OWNC) hosts both Water and Draft Tests each year and encourages members to participate.
The NCA awards 3 levels of title for water work: WD (Water Dog), Water Rescue Dog (WRD), and WRDX (Water Rescue Dog Excellent).
Water Work, Water Play by Judi Adler
Don't want to make your own equipment:
Water Training Kit & Equipment (Dog Works)
The NCA Awards 2 levels of title for draft work: DD (Draft Dog) and TDD (Team Draft Dog) for 2 dogs working together.
Newfoundland Draft Work by Consie Powell
Carting with Your Canine DVD by Beth Ostrander
Training Your Draft Dog & Showing Your Draft Dog by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southeastern Wisconsin
Other Events for Working Dogs
OWNC newfs and their owners can be seen participating in other events including:
Besides the show ring, newfs and their owners can be seen competing in the obedience and rally rings.
While newfs are not a typical agility breed, active newfs and their owners are finding a place in this popular sport.
Canine Freestyle is a blend of obedience and dance movements performed to music.