The day she came home, Freyja already stole my heart. She was this little puff ball of black fur that loved to stand between my feet anytime she was unsure. This would be something she has continued to do to this day. I had no idea just how much work I had ahead of me yet. I was still basking in that warmth of puppy breath and drool-free kisses.
I was set to train her like I had so many dogs before. I knew the way to work with a dog, to teach them the basics of obediance. We took walks and got her comfortable on a leash. Before long, we were going to our first classes about how to operate in a show ring. This was where I would learn my first lesson about how mcuh I didn’t know. When you watch a dog show on TV, it looks like they just walk out, jog around a ring and then wait for the judge to point. Boy is that inaccurate. You have to get your dog to stand in a certain way that displays their strengths and beauty. They have to be perfectly groomed. It is madness. I will (re) share one of those horror stories later.
Then there is draft cart and water work. Again, these are skills I am totally new to and had no idea where to start. So, here is my first tidbit of advice if you are looking to add a Newf to your family: find a local Newfoundland owners club. They are all over the place, and you will meet people that you will likely become VERY familiar with if a Newf is in your future.