The Newfoundland Breed of Dogs are well renowned for their natural Life Saving Skills, and their nanny-like personality (the most famous one being Nana from Peter Pan)!
The dogs that are part of the Newfs In Action display team are all family pets who have been trained to display the lifesaving skills of the breed. Throughout the display the dogs showed how they can rescue a drowning person, and how this can be done in many ways. The show began with one of the experienced dogs leaping out of a boat to make their way to a drowning person - this takes time to perfect, given that the dog leaps out whilst the boat is moving.
Other display items include a dog towing a casualty to shore by holding the wrist in their mouth - the dogs are very gentle and apply just enough pressure to ensure the casualty is kept safe.
The dogs love to work, and they have a great attention span. They will even find casualties who are hidden behind items, and in the last display we hid a casualty behind the boat and the dog went off to find him!
Our younger dogs showed how strong a Newfoundland is by towing the boat to shore, and working with their owners to effect rescues in partnership - our website shows some of these rescues - www.newfsinaction.co.uk
After a rest from the water the dogs went into the showground arena to show off their great carting skills, some of the various pieces of equipment used, and how much food a Newfoundland eats in a day! All the dogs love being touched and so they were pleased to show off their semi-webbed feet and their lovely thick coats!
Newfs In Action are delighted to be associated with the Beale Park Boat show. It gives us a great opportunity to share some key water safety messages with the crowds and also let the dogs demonstrate how they can be used to work. In many countries such as Italy, France and Belgium the Newfoundlands are used as part of the National Water Rescue associations - we hope that we gave those watching us an opportunity to see why they are such a great breed of dog!
We look forward to seeing you at the 2012 Boat Show!