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
Newfoundlands are in need of homes every day of the year. From the Christmas puppy who gets bigger than the family envisioned, to the rambunctious 2 year old whose family cannot control his behavior, to the sweet 7 year old whose family is getting divorced, every season and for many, many reasons, hard working rescue volunteers help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome Newfoundlands in need. Your support for these dogs can be year-round too. Take advantage of the new Monthly Giving Option to share your support for the NCA Rescue network.
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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June 15, 2014
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