What is draft work?

​The Newfoundland Club of America Draft Tests are a series of exercises designed to develop and demonstrate the natural abilities of purebred Newfoundland dogs. While working in a land-work capacity involving hauling, the dog and handler must demonstrate teamwork skills. The Newfoundland has historically functioned as a draft dog in various capacities, and the performance of these exercises is intended to demonstrate skills resulting both from natural ability and training that are applicable to realistic work situations.

Dogs must be willing to work with their handlers and the exercises must be accomplished efficiently. The goal of each handler is to maintain control while encouraging his dogs' natural independence; together, they demonstrate teamwork. Since a dog can perform draft work only in cooperation with a person, each handler must demonstrate an understanding of draft work with the dog's ability, training, and equipment.

The Newfoundland Club of America Draft Test Regulations is a set of standards by which handlers and Newfoundlands are judged at a Newfoundland Club of America sponsored draft test. The Regulations are not a guide on how to train for draft work nor a definition of draft work.

Newfoundland Club of America: Draft Work

Recommended reading/videos:

DVD Set: "Training Your Draft Dog" and "Showing Your Draft Dog" by The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southeastern Wisconsin. Can be purchased at the following:

Wilczek Woodworks

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southeastern Wisconsin

There are several upcoming draft tests, clinics, and seminars - please check the calendar or go to the Newfoundland Club of America's website to look for more information. We also encourage you to come and visit our HANC events. If there HANC is holding activities in your area, or close by, please take the time to go; learn more about the breed, drafting and carting, and meet some great Newfs and their owners. These activities also provide you with a great opportunity to ask questions and have fun!

Draft & Carting Work