Back To Basics of Draft Work
Three critical skills for draft work…. Stop, Back Up, Turn. Hope these ideas spark your training this fall! 
Stopping: Don’t forget the fine points of “stopping” which have been clarified in the regulations. Stopping your dog can keep them out of harm’s way, help adjust to a potentially tight spot, and is a critical skill to draft work. In a cart, a reliable stop or "Whoa" is extra important for the safety of the dog. No different than stopping when heeling, or stopping on a rally course, or stopping on a walk when you get to the street corner - it’s a skill you have built already a number of ways. For draft test purposes, please note this applies in all cases where a dog is directed to stop by either the handler or the judge, Per the regulations:  A stop is defined as the dog and handler will cease forward motion with the dog taking no more than three steps after the first command is given without a tight leash (if applicable) and without impeding the dog.
Back Up: Here is a video to help you get started in the process of “back up” – thank you Terri Desnica and Ebb Tide's Ensign Tugboat Teddy RN, BCAT (Teddy) for this great demo!
Turn: One of the more challenging components to draft work is teaching your dog (and you!) the art of making tight 90 degree turns. There are many different techniques to accomplish this skill -- this is just one way of looking at turns that may help you and your newfs to learn how to make turns like a Nascar driver!
Shifting Seasons
If you are wrapping up water work, remember your end-of-season clean up - life vests, water shoes and wet suits can be washed on gentle cycle with Woolite and hung to dry completely before packing away. Ropes are best washed by putting them in an old pillowcase, and soaking in a sink of warm water and Woolite with gentle agitation. If you want to clean algae stains, it is better to use a bristle brush than any chemicals like bleach that will weaken the rope fibers. Do not put any water gear in a clothes dryer - lay out or hang to dry. 

If your gear has gotten a little ripe from damp storage over the summer, you can also use a pet stain and odor enzyme cleaner to remove any lingering funk, especially in water shoes or scuba boots. You can also use a specific wetsuit cleaner like Sink the Stink.

For winter storage of wet suits and life jackets, run an old candle up and down all the zippers, zip up and down a few times and store with the zipper open. Check for any rips or tears - small repairs can be done with a product like Neoprene Queen Wetsuit Repair. Dust the insides with a little talcum powder (not baby powder) to keep latex seals from sticking together and store rolled or hung, never folded. 

Gear is best stored in covered totes with a desiccant pack inside to keep mildew at bay. Try to avoid storage where there is direct sunlight or extreme temperature fluctuations, a storage room in the house is better than a barn or garage. 

Be sure to check your gear and ropes for wear, frays or tears and repair or replace. Taking advantage of end-of-season clearance sales now will make sure you are ready to hit the beach next spring.
Practical uses for carting- Here’s just a few!  
Kid rides! Therapy pulls! Present delivery! 
Yard work! Shopping at the garden store!
  Pumpkin Pulls! Tree pulls! And of course, parades!   
Holiday finery as freight – wonderful way to represent at that Christmas parade, Paula McPherson!
Paula McPherson’s Bella delivers Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch!
Gigi McLaughlin and Sequence show off their patriotic pride for a 4th of July parade
Sadie from the Amazing Eight in her Christmas Parade Regalia
Kid rides and a parade - what could be better!
Leslie Dunn and Jessie pull Christmas trees
Recommended Reading
Check out this latest book, published in collaboration with the NCA. Lots of great information on the breed along with tons of photos by some familiar names in the Newf world. Author Katie Dolan teamed up with members of the Newfoundland Club of America (NCA) to create an in-depth look at what it REALLY takes to successfully live with, raise, and train a Newfoundland dog.
Regional Club Test Committees
ONLINE ZOOM CHAT! Regional Clubs! Do you want to learn more about the uses of The Online Entry System to help you organize your events? Please fill out the form here for an invite to an upcoming Zoom chat for current Test Secretaries or anyone who wants to learn more about online entry for future tests! Target date December – Support is available for fall test secretaries, let us know what you need.
Even if your club is not accepting entries through the online system, the online system CAN HELP YOU produce test documents! Ask us how!
Would you like to be included in the ZOOM Invite?
Please let us know what else
we can do to support you!
Need help getting started with a working event? Check out these tools for Regional Clubs!
Judge's Corner
Judges - we are offering a new option for email on the NCA website. You may now enter a "public display email" in your member profile. This will allow you to have a designated email address just for public display, so you can easily sort and find communication coming from the NCA website, and to protect your private home or work email from scam, phishing emails or mass marketers.

To add a public email, go to the Member Portal, select "My Profile" then select the red "Edit Profile" button. Add the email address you wish to use in the "Public eMail Address" field. Then click the red "SAVE" button at the top of the page.

You may wish to get a free email address through Gmail or other service to use specifically for this purpose.
Thanks to Sophia Wasem-Burato for sharing the great cover photo in this issue. If you would like to share photos of working dogs at work (and play), please send them in - we'd love to see them! Make sure you have permission from the photographer for us to use the photos for publication.