The NCA is responsible for the preservation, protection and welfare of the Newfoundland Dog. We provide health, education, and rescue programs, safeguard the breed standard and promote the historical work of the breed
We are excited to have had the opportunity to use eBay™'s Giving Works platform in 2013 to reach out to our eBay™ friends and continue supporting Newfoundlands. To date this program has raised $1439.95 for the NCA Charitable Trust. We sincerely appreciate the kindness and generosity of Newfoundland fanciers everywhere and look forward to your support in the future. Buying and selling on eBay™ to support NCA Charities is easy! Just click the link and get started today. NCA Charities on eBay™.
October 5, 2013
Members of the Newfoundland Club of America and many other donors provide generous donations, sales revenues and in-kind services which support the Newfoundland Club of America Charitable Trust Rescue work.
Newfoundlands are surrendered to Regional Clubs' Rescues or NCA Rescue and often receive veterinary treatment, along with other care, prior to placement. To help guide this Rescue effort and most effectively utilize funds dedicated for this important purpose, the NCA Charitable Trust is requesting your feedback on the some Rescue questions.
As the days grow shorter and the weather turns cooler, remember it's time to get out the carts and harnesses and hook up those Newfies -- whether it's just for fun (cleaning up the yard and hauling leaves, pumpkin picking, or participating in a parade) or preparing for a draft test, If you're new to draft work, try to attend a regional club draft test or a club fun day. You'll meet plenty of people there who can help you get started. You can also get lots of information, along with video seminars on getting started in Draft work from the NCA website.
Second notices for late payment of NCA membership dues are going out soon, if you have forgotten your renewal, please get it in to Mary Lou Cuddy as soon as possible for inclusion in the member Directory. Also if you have had a change of address, phone or email please let us know so that the Directory will have your information listed correctly.
We have several committees currently looking for new members. If you would like to volunteer to serve on an NCA committee please contact Lynne Anderson with a brief bio of your Newf and/or dog experience along with any other skills or expertise from outside the dog world. Right now we are looking for volunteers for the AKC Breed Column Committee and the Technical Resource Advisory Committee in particular.
August 1, 2013
Updates from the Working Dog Committee
The WDC will be reviewing the requirements for all working event judging levels (observational through mentor). Please send your suggestions or comments about the judging requirements to: Andre Lapeyre by October 1, 2013.We appreciate your input.
The NCA Board recently approved updates to the NCA Draft Test Regulations as of June 2013. These will take effect for the fall NCA Draft Tests. Judges, committees and entrants please familiarize yourself with the changes that have been made. The changes will be printed in RED. The updated Regulations are now posted on the NCA, please download your copy today.
June 1, 2013
The NCA Charitable Trust is very proud to be celebrating 30 years of helping Newfoundlands in need through our Rescue and Referral program.
During the last 30 years over 1200 Newfoundlands have been helped and placed through your rescue program. Your donations have given these Newfoundlands a second chance for a healthy life and a loving home.
"Three Secrets About the Draft Test Regulations"
by Roger Powell
reprinted from NewfTide 1997
Actually, these are not real secrets. But they are three points that many people do not realize.
Point 1: The Draft Test Regulations are not a training manual.
Draft tests were devised so that people who have worked with their dogs in harness can test their abilities. This orientation makes draft tests different from many other dog-related activities. The intent is not that people will train their dogs primarily to pass draft tests. The intent is that people who work with their dogs regularly will have a way of testing their abilities, a way of testing themselves against a standard. The Draft Test Regulations were written so that people could put on such tests in a standard manner. The Regulations were written as guidelines for the people putting on the tests.
Why were draft tests devised this way? One cannot learn to do draft work from reading about a narrow set of exercises. Draft work is not as simple as it may appear. To do draft work, a person and a dog (or dogs) must work together using equipment that is appropriate for the dog and for the job at hand. Both the person and the dog must learn how to use equipment; this is more than just learning how to pull. The dog must learn how the equipment responds under different working conditions and how to change his behavior to make the equipment work right under those conditions. The dog must learn how to overcome common problems. A dog working in the woods must learn how to prevent equipment from catching on logs, branches and rocks. A dog pulling kids in a wagon must learn how to handle kids' wiggles. And the dog's owner must also learn how to use equipment properly. The dog, after all, cannot climb into the harness and hook himself to his draft apparatus. The owner must learn what equipment is appropriate for what jobs and conditions and for what dogs. Consequently, at a draft test, not only are a dog's abilities t
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November 14, 2013
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