are equally at home in water or on land.
webbed feet, water resistant double coat and
are told of Newfoundlands saving drowning victims. Their
and endurance, also allow hauling of heavy loads.
participating in water rescue training, and hauling, Newfoundlands and
their owners can enjoy and build on their natural instinct for water and
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WRD water test - Del Valle Park, CA 2002
official NCA Water Test began in the early 1970's. The purpose of these
tests are to demonstrate the water rescue abilities of Newfoundland dogs.
The test is divided into two categories,
Junior Division Water Dog Title (WD) and Senior
Division Water Rescue Dog Title (WRD).In order to achieve a WD Title, the
dog and handler must
pass a series of tests, which include basic control, single retrieve,
drop retrieve, take-a-line, tow a boat and swim with handler. After
achieving a WD, the Newf and handler can then go on to
the Senior Division to obtain a WRD Title. The tests in this division
include retrieve off boat, take-a-line/tow-a-boat, take a lifering,
directed retrieve, rescue and underwater