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Latest News

October 8, 2014

The AKC is seeking input regarding the recommendations made by the 2014 Obedience Advisory Committee. Below is a link to view a complete list of these recommendations plus a link to a “voting” document.

Please read the entire list of recommendations on the PDF document at the link below to see the complete information before providing feedback through the feedback form:
Click here to view a PDF of the entire recommendations.
To provide feedback in the voting document, select the recommendation item# from the following link:http://www.tfaforms.com/348283.
Please rate the item using the selection criteria and there is a comment box for brief comments regarding that particular recommendation.
If you wish to comment on several recommendations, use the RATE ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATION link at the bottom to comment on other items.
Be sure to click SUBMIT at the bottom when you are ready to send your comments to AKC.

Comments will be taken until the deadline date of:
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12 Noon EST.

September 15, 2014

In accordance with Article IV, Section 3(a) of the Newfoundland Club of America By-Laws, the Nominating Committee has submitted the following slate of nominees for election to the Board of Directors to take office at the conclusion of the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting. Lynne Anderson-Powell, Steve McAdams, Mary L. Price, Patrick Randall, Pam Saunders, Donna Thibault. Those members of the Board whose terms do not expire until 2016 are John Cornell, Mary Lou Cuddy, Roger Frey, Sue Marino, Maredith Reggie and Pamela Rubio. Article IV, Section 3b of the NCA By-Laws provides for additional nominations of eligible members by written petition addressed to the NCA Recording Secretary and received at the Recording Secretary’s regular address on or before November 1, signed by thirty members in good standing and accompanied by the written acceptance of each such additional nominee signifying his willingness to be a candidate. The deadline for additional nominations is November 1, 2014. These additional nominations are to be sent to the NCA Recording Secretary, 1155 Raymond Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020-3719. Nominees must include their written acceptance statement and photograph. At the July 28, 2004 meeting, the Board of Directors directed that a sample of a written petition and an acceptance statement be made available to candidates on the NCA website or from the Recording Secretary. Please send petitions, resumes, statements and photographs to the NCA Recording Secretary, 1155 Raymond Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020-3719 by November 1, 2014.

August 15, 2014

New York, NY - In an effort to honor the thousands of therapy dog teams that make a difference in the lives of others daily, the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) has added four new titles to the popular AKC Therapy DogTM program.  

In addition to the AKC Therapy Dog (ThD) title (awarded after 50 visits), the AKC now offers:  

AKC Therapy Dog Novice (ThDN) - Awarded after 10 visits . AKC Therapy Dog Advanced (ThDA) - Awarded after 100 visits . AKC Therapy Dog Excellent (ThDX) - Awarded after 200 visits . AKC Distinguished Therapy Dog (ThDD) - Awarded after 400 visits

"The AKC heard from many dog owners whose dogs had already earned the ThD title and who wanted additional formal recognition of their ongoing commitment to volunteering to help others. We're pleased to expand the AKC Therapy Dog program as a result of these requests," said Doug Ljungren, Vice President of AKC Sports and Events. "We've also added a way to acknowledge beginning therapy dogs, hoping that this will encourage even more dogs and owners to participate in therapy dog work."

Dogs who are registered and approved by recognized therapy dog organizations may apply to earn the AKC Therapy Dog titles, which will be listed on the dog's AKC title record. Any dog, including mixed breeds, can earn AKC Therapy Dog titles as long as the dog is AKC-registered, listed with AKC Canine Partners or enrolled in the Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program. AKC does not train or certify therapy dogs.

Applications for the new titles will be accepted beginning June 1st, with titles awarded beginning July 1st.  

To apply for a title or learn more about the AKC Therapy Dog program, visit http://www.akc.org/dogowner/therapy/index.cfm.   

August 1, 2014

Voting for Approved Judges 2015-2017
NCA Members: Please take a moment to complete the ballot that was included in your 2nd Quarter issue of Newf Tide. Vote for a maximum of 25 conformation judges. The results of the balloting will be used to formulate the 2015-2017 NCA approved judges list for National Specialties. Breeder judges will automatically be included on the approved list. You may make a copy of the ballot for each NCA member in the household. Ballots must be returned by September 1, 2014.

June 1, 2014 - Rescue is a year - round operation

Newfoundlands are in need of homes every day of the year. From the Christmas puppy who gets bigger than the family envisioned, to the rambunctious 2 year old whose family cannot control his behavior, to the sweet 7 year old whose family is getting divorced, every season and for many, many reasons, hard working rescue volunteers help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome Newfoundlands in need. Your support for these dogs can be year-round too. Take advantage of the new Monthly Giving Option to share your support for the NCA Rescue network.












"Three Secrets About the Draft Test Regulations"


by Roger Powell

reprinted from NewfTide 1997

Actually, these are not real secrets. But they are three points that many people do not realize.

Point 1: The Draft Test Regulations are not a training manual.

Draft tests were devised so that people who have worked with their dogs in harness can test their abilities. This orientation makes draft tests different from many other dog-related activities. The intent is not that people will train their dogs primarily to pass draft tests. The intent is that people who work with their dogs regularly will have a way of testing their abilities, a way of testing themselves against a standard. The Draft Test Regulations were written so that people could put on such tests in a standard manner. The Regulations were written as guidelines for the people putting on the tests.

Why were draft tests devised this way? One cannot learn to do draft work from reading about a narrow set of exercises. Draft work is not as simple as it may appear. To do draft work, a person and a dog (or dogs) must work together using equipment that is appropriate for the dog and for the job at hand. Both the person and the dog must learn how to use equipment; this is more than just learning how to pull. The dog must learn how the equipment responds under different working conditions and how to change his behavior to make the equipment work right under those conditions. The dog must learn how to overcome common problems. A dog working in the woods must learn how to prevent equipment from catching on logs, branches and rocks. A dog pulling kids in a wagon must learn how to handle kids' wiggles. And the dog's owner must also learn how to use equipment properly. The dog, after all, cannot climb into the harness and hook himself to his draft apparatus. The owner must learn what equipment is appropriate for what jobs and conditions and for what dogs. Consequently, at a draft test, not only are a dog's abilities t





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