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Newfoundland Club of America Draft Test Regulations

Revised October 30, 1999, Effective January 1, 2000, Updated April 2010

Introduction

The Newfoundland Club of America Draft Tests are series of exercises designed to develop and demonstrate the natural abilities of purebred Newfoundland dogs. While working in a capacity involving hauling, the dog and handler must demonstrate teamwork skills. The Newfoundland has historically functioned as a draft dog in various capacities, and the performance of these exercises is intended to demonstrate skills resulting both from natural ability and training that are applicable to realistic work situations.

Dogs must be willing to work with their handlers and the exercises must be accomplished efficiently. The goal of each handler is to maintain control while encouraging his dogs' natural independence; together, they demonstrate teamwork. Since a dog can perform draft work only in cooperation with a person, each handler must demonstrate an understanding of draft work with the dog's ability, training, and equipment.

The Newfoundland Club of America Draft Test Regulations is a set of standards by which handlers and Newfoundlands are judged at a Newfoundland Club of America sponsored draft test. The Regulations are neither a guide on how to train for draft work nor a definition of draft work.

Chapter One General Regulations.

Section 1 – Application for Draft Tests.
Section 2 – Duties of the Draft Test Committee.
Section 3 – Qualifications of Judges.
Section 4 – Dogs Eligible to Compete.
Section 5 – Dogs that May Not Compete.
Section 6 – Handling a Dog.
Section 7 – Test Disqualifications and Ineligibility.
Section 8 – Bitches in Season.
Section 9 – Unentered Dogs.
Section 10 – Entering at Own Risk.
Section 11 – Judges' Decisions.
Section 12 – Entry Limitation.
Section 13 – Entry in Team Division.
Section 14 – Qualifying Scores & Awards.
Section 15 – Change of Judges, Draft Test Officials or Site.
Section 16 – Stewards.
Section 17 – Test Area Conditions.
Section 18 – Spectators.
Section 19 – Emergency Provisions.
Section 20 - Provisions for Disabled Handlers
Section 21- Canceling a Test
Section 22 - Entries of Other Breeds

Chapter Two Regulations for Performance and Judging.

Section 1 – Standardized Judging.
Section 2 – Failed Exercises and Rejudging.
Section 3 – Dog in Distress.
Section 4 – Judges' Records.
Section 5 – Entrant's Evaluation.
Section 6 – Catalog Order
Section 7 – Use of Leash.
Section 8 – Required Equipment
Section 9 – Commands, Signals and Encouragement
Section 10 – Praise.
Section 11 – Handling Between Exercises.
Section 12 – Familiarization with the Test Courses.
Section 13 – Interference and Double Handling.
Section 14 – Discipline.
Section 15 – Qualifying and Non-Qualifying Performance.

Chapter Three Individual Division Exercises.

Section 1 – Basic Control
Section 2 – Harnessing, Hitching & Equipment Check.
Section 3 – Maneuvering Course & Basic Commands.
Section 4 – Three-Minute Out-of-Sight & Freight Load.
Section 5 – Distance Freight Haul
Section 6 – Intriguing Distraction.

Chapter Four Team Division Exercises.

Section 1 – Basic Control
Section 2 – Harnessing, Hitching & Equipment Check.
Section 3 – Maneuvering Course & Basic Commands.
Section 4 – Three-Minute Out-of-Sight & Freight Load.
Section 5 - Distance Freight Haul
Section 6 - Intriguing Distraction

 

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