Newfoundland Water Test Committee's Toolkit
Timeline- During the test
15 minutes preswim for Junior and Senior dogs prior to division judging
15 minute preswim for WRDX
Average judging is 5 junior dogs per hour
Average judging is 3 senior dogs per hour
Average judging is 2 WRDX dogs per hour
Set up for Basic Control: Ring approximately 40'x50' .
Beach Set up for Junior and senior exercises:
Rope, tape, fencing, or appropriate material to mark off the test area. The testing area should be large enough, such that each of the exercises in the WD & WRD test can be accommodated. The marking should clearly delineate spectator areas from the test area.
Two (2) sets of three (3) floating markers, placed at 30ft., 50ft. and 75ft. from shore on each side of the water testing area. They should be as unobtrusive as possible, visible to the entrants, but not attractive to the dogs. The markers must be a minimum of 75' apart, but test committees should use their judgement to provide the least distraction to dogs being tested, while providing clear visible markers for entrants and stewards.
Three (3) flags set 30 feet apart on shore based on the center flag marking the middle of the test area. It is strongly recommended that the 3 flags have identical poles placed behind them in order to give a stronger line for the stewards to line up with
- Instructions for making Marker and Mooring Buoys to mark test area and distances
Beach Set up for WRDX:
Rope, tape, fencing, or appropriate material to mark off the test area. The testing area should be large enough, such that each of the exercises in the WRDX test can be accommodated.
Two (2) sets of three (3) floating markers, placed at 75ft., 100ft. and 150ft. from shore on each side of the water testing area. They should be as unobtrusive as possible, visible to the entrants, but not attractive to the dogs.
Three (3) flags set 35 feet apart on shore as defined in the Multiple Person Rescue exercise. It is strongly recommended that the 3 flags have identical poles placed behind them in order to give a stronger line for the stewards to line up with.
The test secretary should have a table set-up for entrants to sign in and judges to collect their paperwork. 2-3 chairs for judges to sit while completing forms are appreciated. The table should be stocked with pens, clipboards, stapler, test catalogs, extra entry forms and all required grievance forms. It is helpful to have a large scoreboard to post results from each entrant. To avoid losing paperwork to inclement weather an E-Z Up or other shade cover is a good idea if the table is not located under cover. The secretary's table is used for: entrant sign-in and pick-up welcome packets; record test results during the event; keep all judging forms in order and assist the judges with wrap-up paperwork. Post entries must fill out a new entry form and pay for their entry prior to exhibiting. If the test secretary is exhibiting at the test, a replacement should be assigned to cover the secretary's table during that time.
Run Your Test
NCA Aggression Policy
Any dog, that in the opinion of the Event Committee, attacks a person or a dog at an NCA working event, resulting in an injury, and is believed by that Event Committee to present a hazard to persons or other dogs, shall be disqualified. When the dog is disqualified by the Event Committee pursuant to this section, a report shall be filed with the NCA Board. The disqualified dog may not again compete at any NCA working event, nor be on the grounds of an NCA working event unless and until, following application for reinstatement by the owner to the NCA Board, the owner receives official notification in writing from the NCA Board that the dog's eligibility has been reinstated.