A multipurpose dog, at home on land and in water, the Newfoundland is capable of draft work and possesses natural lifesaving abilities.

The Newfoundland Club of America (NCA) has designed a series of exercises to develop and demonstrate the natural abilities of the Newfoundland dog. These exercises are in the form of an NCA Water Test and an NCA Draft Test. In both tests the emphasis is on teamwork between the dog and the handler and the dog's willingness to work.

Old West Newfoundland Club (OWNC) hosts both Water and Draft Tests each year and encourages members to participate.

Water Work:

The NCA awards 3 levels of title for water work: WD (Water Dog), Water Rescue Dog (WRD), and WRDX (Water Rescue Dog Excellent).

NCA Water Work Information


Water Work, Water Play by Judi Adler

Don't want to make your own equipment:

Water Training Kit & Equipment (Dog Works)

Draft Work:

The NCA Awards 2 levels of title for draft work: DD (Draft Dog) and TDD (Team Draft Dog) for 2 dogs working together.

NCA Draft Work Information


Newfoundland Draft Work by Consie Powell

Carting with Your Canine DVD by Beth Ostrander

Training Your Draft Dog & Showing Your Draft Dog by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southeastern Wisconsin

New England Saint Bernard Club Working Dog Demonstration Parts 1-7 Videos

Draft Equipment:

Wilczek Woodworks

Dog Works

Nordkyn Outfitters


Other Events for Working Dogs

OWNC newfs and their owners can be seen participating in other events including:


Besides the show ring, newfs and their owners can be seen competing in the obedience and rally rings.

AKC Obedience Information

AKC Rally Information


AKC Tracking Information

Southwest Tracking Association of Metropolitan Houston

Dallas Ft Worth Tracking Club (DFWTC)


While newfs are not a typical agility breed, active newfs and their owners are finding a place in this popular sport.

AKC Agility Information

Video of Rory and Anna doing Agility

Canine Freestyle:

Canine Freestyle is a blend of obedience and dance movements performed to music.

The World Canine Freestyle Organization

Canine Freestyle Federation

Musical Dog Sport Association