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Newfoundland Draft Test Committee's Toolkit

Timeline- During the test

Important Times:

Ninety (90) minutes before the start of judging, handlers and dogs (except bitches in season) are allowed a thirty (30) minute period to familiarize themselves with the test areas. At least three (3) stewards must be available to walk entrants on the Distance Freight Haul course, and to monitor the test areas. Handlers may walk the course with their dogs on lead, but not hitched to an apparatus. Handlers will not be permitted to walk the Maneuvering or Distance Freight Haul courses after this time period.

Sixty (60) minutes before the start of judging, all entrants will check in with the Draft Test Secretary. If a handler is not present within fifteen (15) minutes of check-in time, an entrant from the alternate list will be assigned the absent handler’s position.

Thirty (30) minutes before the start of judging, handlers and stewards must meet with the judges for instructions. Judges will answer questions at this time.


Set up for Basic Control: Ring approximately 40'x50' .

The ring for the Basic Control exercise must be enclosed by ropes, baby gates, etc, be rectangular and should be at least forty by fifty feet (40’ x 50’). The testing areas for the other exercises must be clearly marked (e.g. ribbons on trees, lime path on route, and so forth). Only members of the Draft Test Committee, judges, and stewards have unlimited access to the testing areas. Only the current handler and dog being tested are permitted in the testing areas.

At the judges’ discretion, unentered spectators may be permitted to follow the last entrant on the freight haul course but are not permitted in other testing areas.

Maneuvering Course:

The Draft Test Committee sets up and clearly marks a maneuvering course that includes as many natural features as possible. The judges will verify that the course meets the test criteria. If necessary, the judges may modify the course so that it adequately tests the handler and dog’s maneuvering abilities. The course must cover at least 150 yards and include the following:

1. Circular patterns.
2. Broad curves.
3. Ninety-degree turns; at least one to the left and one to the right.
4. At least two narrow areas six or more feet long; preferably one low to the ground (e.g., logs) and one solid narrow area a minimum of three feet high (e.g., stacked bales of hay).
5. Removable obstacle.


Secretary's Table

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. 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

Required Forms

Grievance Procedures Grievance Filing- Judge, Test Committee Grievance Filing- Exhibitor
Grievance Filing - Witness Form   DDX Score Sheet
Judges Evaluation Form Participant's Evaluation Form  
DDX Test Record Form DDX Test Secretary's Report  

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.

Provisions for Disabled Handlers

The following provisions were approved to make it possible for more Newf owners to participate in draft tests who may have been unable to do so in the past. As a courtesy, entrants who wish to avail themselves of these accommodations should notify the test committee and the judges in advance.
1. Disabled handlers should be allowed to utilize whatever devices are needed to aid their mobility, such as a cane, crutch, or wheelchair, but these devices must not be used to control the dog in any way.
2. Certified assistance dogs should be allowed to wear a medpack and/or pull handle if such equipment is worn during the normal course of duty as an assistance dog, as long as they do not interfere with the performance of the harness and draft equipment.
3. The draft equipment and harness may be modified to accommodate the handler’s disabilities and to permit him/her to harness and hitch the dog without assistance, as long as the modified equipment is safe and comfortable for the dog.
4. A disabled person may bring an attendant, knowledgeable in assisting the handler with his/her disabilities, to accompany the handler on the maneuvering and freight haul exercises. The role of the attendant is to assist the handler with mobility, if needed, due to the rough or uneven terrain of the course, and to look out for the person’s safety. The attendant should walk slightly behind the handler on the right side, to be in a position to provide assistance, yet out of the line of sight of the dog, and on the opposite side from
the handler’s official test steward. The attendant may not touch, speak to, or interact with the dog in any way.
5. The AKC Guidelines for accommodating disabled handlers in Obedience will apply for the Basic Control Exercise.







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