The Draft Test

The Draft Test

The Newfoundland Club of America Draft Test is a series of exercises designed to develop and demonstrate the inbred abilities of the purebred Newfoundland Dogs in a land-work capacity involving hauling. The Newfoundland has historically functioned as a draft dog in various capacities, and performance of these exercises is intended to demonstrate skills resulting both from natural ability and training that are applicable to realistic work situations.Efficiency in accomplishment of tasks is essential. It is also important that the dog evidence willingness and enjoyment of his work in a combination of controlled teamwork with his handler and natural independence.

Rules and Regulations

This Draft Test is sanctioned by the Working Dog Committee (WDC) of the Newfoundland Club of America and will follow the Draft Test Regulations effective May 18, 1994 with January 1, 2000 changes. A copy of the regulations may be obtained from NCA WDC Publications Secretary

Dwight Gorsuch 925 Leppo Rd Westminster, MD 21158.  BearNMindNewf@cs.com

A check for $5 made payable to “NCA” must be included.

The Regulations are also available on-line atwww.newfdogclub.org

Although he is a superior water dog, the Newfoundland has been used and is still used in Newfoundland and Labrador as a true working dog, dragging carts, or more often carrying burdens as a packhorse.

The Newfoundland Club of America encourages its members to foster and maintain the working dog abilities that are such an important part of the history of the breed. Local clubs across the country are encouraged to host Draft Tests and training seminars to promote the working heritage of the Newfoundland dog.

The history of the Newfoundland not only reflects the courage and stamina exhibited in rescuing people from the water, but also shows the draft work abilities of the dogs. They were indispensable to local residents of Newfoundland, particularly fishermen, as the dogs helped them haul in the heavy fishing nets. The dogs were then hitched to carts or wagons to take the day’s catch to market and make other deliveries. They were also used to haul loads of firewood from the forests to their owner’s homes.

Draft work showcases a remarkable bond between dog and handler. The dogs learn many commands, such As back, slow left, right, and stop. They have been trained to ignore any intriguing distractions while harnessed and working. Their handlers learn how to verbally direct their dogs around and through numerous obstacles. The results are truly a team effort.

 

Freight Haul and Maneuvering Course Description

The course will cover hiking and walking trails. Surfaces will include dirt, stone and stone dust, leaves and pine needles, grassy areas and some macadam. The maneuvering course will be in a grassy area with natural obstacles.

Unentered Dogs

We welcome spectators and their pets to join us in hiking the trails, gathering in the area, or watching the test. Please remember that all unentered dogs must remain well away from the main test area during judging so as not to disturb any competing dogs.

Bitches in Season

Bitches in season will be tested at the end of the competition. All dogs will do the freight haul in the same group except bitches in season.

The NCA Draft Test is a series of exercises designed to promote the working heritage of the Newfoundland dog. There are four parts to the Draft Test, all of which are done off-leash: Basic Control; Harnessing, Hitching & Equipment Check; Maneuvering Course & Basic Commands; Freight Haul

Upon successful completion of all components of the test, dogs are awarded the title of Draft Dog. Teams are also encouraged to enter, and follow the same requirements as a single dog. Qualifying teams are awarded the title of Team Draft Dog.

The Newfoundland Club of America awards the following titles for draft competition:
DD=Draft Dog TDD=Team Draft Dog

Newfoundland Club of America Working Dog Publications

Draft Equipment Guide Kit ($10.00) Draft Test Rules & Regulations ($5.00) Specialty Carting Rules & Regulations ($1.00)

Working Dog Publications Secretary:
Dwight Gorsuch
BearNMindNewf@cs.com
925 Leppo Road Westminster, MD 21158-1625

*Orders must be prepaid, checks payable to “Newfoundland Club of America”*

Obedience titles: CD/Companion dog

Obedience titles: CD/Companion dog
Companion dogs meet certain standards

The first in a progression of obedience titles awarded by the American Kennel Club is the Companion dog title.
When a dog has achieved this title, his owner can place the letters CD after his registered name.

To earn a CD, the dog must score at least 170 out of a possible 200 points, must get at least half the points awarded
for each exercise, and must do so under three separate judges at three separate shows. Each qualifying score is called
a leg, so three legs equals a title.

Obedience trial classes are divided into sections A and B. Dogs working towards a CD compete at the Novice level.
Novice A is for owners who have never owned or co-owned a dog that has earned a CD. Once a person owns or co-
owns any CD dog (or if he is handling a dog owned by someone else) he must enter Novice B.

Novice classes consist of six exercises worth a total of 200 points. Each handler and dog team enters the ring with
200 points; the judge then deducts points based on errors made by either the dog or the handler. A zero is scored if
the dog fouls the ring or leaves the handler.

The first exercise is the “heel on leash and figure eight” worth 40 points. The rules require that the dog walk, on a
loose leash, with the area between the dog’s head and shoulders in line with the handler’s left hip. The dog must
remain in position as the handler goes fast, slow, left, and right and executes the figure eight on the judge’s
commands. Each time the judge says “halt,” the dog must sit straight by the handler’s side. A zero is scored if the dog
is unmanageable.

The second exercise is the “stand for examination,” worth 30 points. The dog must stand in position and stay while
being examined by the judge while the handler stands six feet away. A zero is scored if the dog moves away or shows
shyness or resentment, growls, snaps, or sits.

The third exercise is the “heel free,” which is 40 points. This exercise is performed and scored the same as the “heel
on leash” except that the dog is off-leash and there is no figure eight.

Exercise four is the “recall,” worth 30 points. The dog must sit and stay where left by the handler until it is called,
then go directly to the handler and sit in front. A zero is scored if the dog does not stay, does not come on the first
call, or does not sit close enough for the handler to reach the its head. The dog must then return to heel position on
command, either by walking around the handler or swinging into place.

Exercise five and six are done as a group. The “long sit” is for one minute; the “long down” for three minutes, both
done off-leash with the handler standing across the ring. A zero is scored if the dog moves away from its place, visits
another dog, or repeatedly barks or whines.

The AKC offers a free copy of its obedience regulations for those interested in getting involved in the sport. Copies
are available by writing AKC, 5580 Centerview Drive, Suite 200; Raleigh, NC 27606-3390.

The New-Pen-Del Newfoundland Club encourages and promotes the purebred Newfoundland dog