Dive from Height to Rescue A Stranger (Continued)
To demonstrate the dog’s willingness to effect a rescue of a human in distress.
If the dog rescues by grasping the swimmer’s arm, protection must be supplied to the steward by the handler. The type of protection must not be construed as a training aid for the dog.
Dog and handler will wait on shore. The dog is to be under control and attentive to the handler. The lead judge will ask the handler “Are You Ready”. On an affirmative answer, (the handler must have hands off the dog and/or the dog’s collar) the handler and dog will proceed to the boat and board the platform. The rowing steward will row the team out to the 50 foot (approximately 15 meters) marker; turn the boat parallel to the shore, with the platform facing the “victim”. At the same time as the boat is rowing out, the drowning steward (who must be a stranger to the dog) will swim out to the 50 foot (approximately 15 meters) marker position themselves 25 – 30 feet (approximately 7.5 – 9 meters) from the boat and turn to face the platform. The drowning steward will then splash, and otherwise indicate that a rescue is required. The dog, commanded by the handler, will dive from the boat, swim directly to the victim and then either grasp the victim by the arm or allow him to take hold. The dog will then tow the drowning steward either to the boat, or to the shore. The exercise is finished when the drowning steward touches the boat and raises their free arm in the air. If the dog takes the “victim” to shore, the exercise is finished when the steward has reached wading depth and stands up.
- The dog and handler may touch while on the boat platform, but the handler may not physically restrain or manipulate the dog.
- The handler may wade into the water to board the boat.
- The handler’s feet may be in the water while sitting on the platform.
- The handler may stabilize the boat with his/her hands if the dog is boarding the boat in rough water conditions.
- The dog must board the boat willingly and ride out in a safe manner that does not endanger the boat, the stewards, or his handler.
- Rowing time will not be counted in the overall time.
- The Line steward will receive and hold the dog until the handler returns, if the dog brings the drowning steward to shore.
To demonstrate the Newfoundland’s instinct to dive underwater to retrieve an object.
An object sufficiently weighted so that it sinks directly to the bottom and shall be no more that 4 inches in height.
Dog and handler will wait on shore. The dog is to be under control and attentive to the handler. The lead judge will ask the handler “Are You Ready”. On an affirmative answer, (the handler must have hands off the dog and/or the dog’s collar) the handler and dog will enter the water and wade out until the dog is at belly depth. The lead judge will indicate to the handler, by voice or whistle, when they have reached the required depth. The dog and handler will then turn so they are parallel to the shore. The handler will toss the object at least 3 feet (approximately 1 meter) in front of the dog. The handler will command the dog to retrieve the object. The dog will move towards the point that the object entered the water, submerge its head, pick up the object and deliver it to hand. The handler will raise the object over their head to indicate to the judge that the object has been retrieved. Judge will say “Exercise Finished”.