We “proof” our dogs for obedience; we should also “water proof” them. That’s not to make them “impervious to water,” but rather to “proof against distraction.” Proofing means we make certain they can perform the exercises accurately in different locations with different distractions. We teach them
When a competition obedience team performs at the top of its game, it looks like perfection. But it would be incorrect to assume that training an obedience dog is about demanding perfection. Mistakes happen. And when they do, they provide invaluable opportunities for the handler and dog to grow.
Dogs having amazing noses! While humans use their eyesight as their first sense to learn, dogs use their noses. Dogs average 300 million olfactory receptors to a human’s 6 million. Learn more about AKC Scentwork Activities - by Anne Nored for the NCA.
Running a Newf in agility is definitely different than running the average size dog. - by Joan Greenwald and Dejah Petsch - reprinted from Newf Tide 2002
Agility is a rigorous, athletic activity, both for you and your Newfoundland. You are responsible for the well-being of your dog and must determine whether it is an appropriate activity for your particular Newfoundland. - Jenni Lott, reprinted from Newf Tide 2002
Rally is a great sport to use at different levels of a dog's training and age. For young dogs this is a great event to get that young dog into the ring and compete. By Lawren Coulam Kinner, Performance and Companion Events Committee, reprinted from Newf Tide 4Q 2015
The sport is wonderful for impacting and improving communication with your dog and building your relationship with your dog. - by Anna Lorenz, Performance & Companion Events Committee, reprinted from Newf Tide, 1Q 2015
Tracking is great for dogs and people at any age. AKC allows dogs to enter tests at six months of age, but you can start training with puppies as young as six weeks. At the other end of the spectrum, it is a great sport for older dogs. - Cherrie Brown, reprinted from NewfTide 2002
One of the great thrills in working with your dog is to have him complete a track and find the article. When the handler holds the found article in the air for all to see, the judges come rushing up to congratulate the dog and handler and sign the glove. - Ron Horn, reprinted from Newftide 2002
Not that much has been written about out of sight stays. Twenty years ago, we were all told to correct a dog that broke his stays when you left the room harder and harder. .. get the point across. by Cheryl M. Dondino, Newfoundland Cub of America Obedience Committee chair
As with many other areas of dog training, there are many ways of teaching a dog to retrieve. I'm providing one method that works for teaching an obedience CDX hopeful, as well as for water rescue work - Cheryl Dondino, chair Newfoundland Club of America Obedience Committee
There are dozens of books and classes dealing with manners training. However, nothing can take the place of what happens in the home during the training and after the classes are over. - Cheryl Dondino reprinted with permission from the 2Q 1997 Newf Tide
What do you do with your puppy? What do you expect from your puppy? Learn about the basics from Ann Thibaut as part of the NCA "Newf Know How" series - first published in NCA's NewfTide in 2001
Now that you have your new Newf puppy, how do you go about training your dog?
We all would like perfectly behaved puppies, but puppies don’t come factory-prewired. It is important to continue the process of training, and we need to do this training in different environments.
Introducing a puppy to the water slowly using a step-by-step approach will help him develop confidence and good training habits to benefit him throughout his water work career.
Trying to socialize your puppy? Socialization is the primary purpose of puppy class and is the most important thing to focus on as an owner. Learn the things your puppy will need to get accustomed to, including other dogs, new people, vehicles, and new places.
Food, fun, lots of praise and some silly games are all components of a successful training program for your pup.
While even the most seasoned obedience competitors do much of their training alone, they know that no dog is completely trained unless he or she has been “proofed” against distractions.
Not sure how to start leash training your dog? There are a number of different types of leashes and collars. No matter which tool you choose, learning how to use the leash and collar correctly and teaching your Newfoundland puppy to walk on a leash are important.
Newfoundland owners have been very active in the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program, and thousands of Newfoundland Dogs have passed the CGC test since the program began.
Trying to train your dog but not sure of the best approach? Everything begins with attention training! If your puppy learns to watch you and listen, teaching him anything else will be much easier. Your dog will be trained in no time with this method!
What NCA members are saying about belonging to the largest organization in the world devoted solely to the preservation, protection and promotion of these gentle giants, the Newfoundland dog.
Beginning training for Search and Rescue with a Newfoundland Dog
By Sue Marino, Chair, NCA WDC Are there actually Newfoundlands that don't know how to swim? More than likely, all Newfoundlands know how to swim, but there are some that are too afraid or unwilling to try. Granted some Newfs swim better than others...
Problem solving to help dog trainers work through difficulties after activities are learned. Once the basics are understood every dog goes through a learning period where they test the parameters of each exercise. Proofing makes sure that your dog...
Newfoundland dogs have been featured in movies like "Wonder Boys," "Police Academy 2," and more.
So, you are looking for a Newfoundland puppy. There is nothing in the world that is cuter than a Newfoundland puppy. You will find many websites loaded with adorable pictures of fluffy pups getting into all manner of cuteness. Stop for a moment and...
Learn to use the vast amounts of data stored online to research claims from dog breeder websites. Learn to read past the slick marketing and find verifiable information about the health and pedigree of the dogs advertised. Health Testing Results...
When you call your Newf, does he drop everything and head for you at a dead run and sit down as soon as he gets to you ... every time, no matter where you are and what he is doing when you call? No? Well, it could be a matter of life or death some...
A large, heavy-coated dog like a Newfoundland can be a challenge to bathe. Learn some tips from the experts on getting the job done right!
Many Newfoundlands today are living well past the decade mark. Caring for these golden oldies can present some special challenges—learn more here.
One of the many subjects in our "Newf Know How" series, provided by the Newfoundland Club of America to help Newfoundland dog owners everywhere raise happier, healthier dogs. This article was written by Tracy Warnke from the General Education...
The Newfoundland Club of America is the largest organization in the world devoted to the protection, preservation and promotion of the Newfoundland breed.