Newfoundland dogs are primarily designed for water activities. Although many breeds can be successfully trained for water work, such a Labradors and Spaniels who work as gun dogs, the Newfoundland is distinguished by its size and strength, which together with its webbed feet, double coat which assists buoyancy, renders it suitable for boat work and water rescue. Additionally, their swimming stroke is closer to a breaststroke, with the front legs moving sideways rather than a doggy paddle, which means that they appear to glide through the water without splashing at considerable speed.
Here is a video of my dogs demonstrating their ability to retrieve articles.
Our training is done mainly at Lakeside, Eastleigh and in the sea at Calshot. Additionally we cooperate with another group at a water park near Fordingbridge, and occasionally with the French group, Terre-neuve sportif. There are national water tests for Newfoundlands which consist of simulated water rescues, retrieves and boat towing. [Read more…] about Newfoundland Dogs Water Work in Chandler’s Ford