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Newfoundland Club of America Water Tests

The Newfoundland Club of America Water Tests are a series of exercises designed to develop and demonstrate the abilities of purebred Newfoundland dogs in an aquatic environment. The Newfoundland has historically functioned as a working companion to his owner, and members of the breed have participated in many heroic rescues. Performance of these exercises is intended as a demonstration of skills developed through both natural ability and training rather than a competition between dogs or handlers. The emphasis in the Water Tests is on teamwork between dog and handler in realistic work and rescue situations. Efficiency in accomplishment of tasks is essential; however, it is also desirable that the dog evidence willingness and enjoyment of its work in a combination of controlled teamwork and natural independence.

The Water Test is composed of two divisions; Junior and Senior. Each contains six exercises. Each exercise is passed or failed and there is no point system. All exercises must be passed to earn a title. A dog successfully completing the Junior exercises is awarded the NCA title of Water Dog (WD). Successful completion of the Senior exercises earns a Water Rescue Dog (WRD) title.