What is dog water rescue?
Dog water rescue is a favorite kind of training for water-loving dogs. Dogs are trained to perform life-saving tasks, such as taking a life jacket to an individual, pulling them to shore, and dragging a boat. For years, only the various national water dog breed clubs sanctioned water rescue instruction and certification.
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Can any breed participate in dog water rescue?
Certain breeds of dogs were bred for water work and their history shows, because they sincerely love swimming, such as:
- Labrador Retriever
- Spanish Water Dog
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
How does a dog become a certified water rescue dog?
The Water Test is composed of three divisions, offering an opportunity to perform a series of six exercises designed to showcase a dog’s natural life-saving instincts.
- Junior division title of Water Dog (WD)
- Senior division title of Water Rescue Dog (WRD)
- Excellent division title of Water Rescue Dog Excellent (WRDX)
Are there clubs or organizations?
There are a variety of clubs and organizations dedicated to dog water rescue, some of which include:
- Dock Dogs
- Sport Mutt
- Colonial Newfoundland Club
- Newfoundland Club of America (NCA)
- Genesee Region Newfoundland Club (GRNC)
- Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDCA)
Does my dog need any special skills or abilities?
While retrieving, hunting, and herding breeds are typically best at dog water rescue, many other dogs can excel. If your dog enjoys the water and simple hide and seek games, he may be well suited for this training.
What equipment will I need?
- Dog life jacket
- Life jacket
How do I get started?
Proper instruction assures the best dog water rescue techniques are available. Whether your goal is to build a relationship with your water-loving pup or attain a certification as a Water Rescue Dog, rigorous training will ensure both you and your dog achieve the goals.