It has been a while since I devoted time to this aspect of my blog. Many of you might not know that I am actually writing a book about becoming a Newfoundland owner. When I made the choice to get a Newf, I found that there was a lot to learn about these beautiful dogs, but sorely little comprehensive information. Most “guides” to getting a new breed are little more than a copy and paste of the AKC breed standard (which most people have no idea how to interpret) and then a bunch of generic stuff that tells you nothing about that specific dog.
There are so many things to do with a Newf. And as is the case with anything…not everything will be something YOUR dog is interested in doing. Currently, our house is constantly damp as we investigate water work with Freyja and Loki. Both of the dogs simply love water. Freyja really enjoys going out after a bumper. She even brings it MOST of the way back. Not quite nailing the exercise. However, Loki is learning fast and outshining her older sister in some aspects.
Both dogs were entered in an International All-Breed Canine Association show recently. Each earned the points to qualify for their championship titles. That might be a bit deceiving to some. They are judged solely on their adherence to the breed standard. After each time in the ring (a minimum of 4 times in two days with 4 more times in if they won Best in Breed), you actually sit down with the judge and get a critique of your dog. Freyja loves the ring, but she doesn’t show well and has enough minor cosmetic flaws that an AKC title is simply not a realistic goal. Loki’s potential remains to be seen.
My next article will start a focus on water work training. I will share the requirements for each level as well as some of the tricks I am learning as I go through the hoops with my Newfoundland ladies.