Programs for Water Loving Dogs

What is Water Rescue?
Water Rescue is a type of training which is popular with water dogs like Newfies and PWD’s. Dogs are trained to perform life-saving tasks, like towing a person to shore, taking a life jacket out to a person, and towing a boat. For many years, only the national breed clubs of various water dog breeds sanctioned water rescue training and certification. In 1992, a group of people (under the leadership of Judeen Stauffer) in Texas developed WET DOG, whereby dogs of any breed could be trained for and gain titles in water rescue work.



Dog Scouts: Offers merit badges for different levels of water safety, boating safety and water rescue.
Water Rescue Dog
Water Safety Level 1 (Puppy Paddlers)
Water Rescue Dog
Water Safety Level 2 (Beach Buddies)
Water Rescue Dog
Water Safety Level 3 (Boating Safety)
Water Rescue Dog
Water Safety Level 4 (Water Rescue I)
Water Rescue Dog
Water Safety Level 5 (Water Rescue II)

Related Programs and Links:

Golden Triangle Dog Obediance Group: Water Education Training

Colonial Newfoundland Club - Water Rescue Dogs: The Newfoundland Club of America awards the following titles for water competition: WD=Water Dog and WRD=Water Rescue Dog. They also offer WET DOG.

Newfoundland Club of America - NCA Water Test Regulations: The NCA Water Tests are a series of exercises designed to develop and demonstrate the abilities of purebred Newfoundland dogs in an aquatic environment. Historically, the Newfoundland has functioned as a working companion to humans in draft and water rescue work.

Portugese Water Dog Club of America - Water Trial Manual:The PWDCA Water Trial program is the beginning of another chapter in the history of the Portuguese Water Dog as it provides a context in which to record our present efforts to preserve the past and insure the future of this noble working water dog.