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    We have not allowed Katy to do real water rescue work since her injury, but she is back

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    And she adore kids, but is also insistent that she bring back the life buoy to the trailer


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    WOW! That is fantastic.
    Great to hear she has recovered so well
    Do all your Newfs do rescue?

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    Awesome vids Newfsie.

    Just curious about somthing...
    What are Newfsies who are trained to do this for real (sorry if that sounds rude, i'm just assuming you do this with your dogs for fun and fitness ??) meant to do if they come across a struggling victim who actually places the dogs safety at risk ???
    I've done a few basic rescue lessons when i was at school and i can remember the teacher stressing to us if the victim is drowning you, ya need to fight them off and save yourself. Aproaching them from behind helped a bit from memory.
    Do they train that type of thing to the dogs ?? I hope i've worded this right and not seem like i'm having a go at Newfsies doing such a wonderful job rescuing people.


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    I know what you're saying Sean, that's a good point, I'd also be interested to know what happens.

    A couple of years ago I wanted to get my Bronze medallion and do surf rescue but as the training went on, the reality of it set in, especially when our instructor told us that the person you're attempting to rescue could be twice your size, possibly quite unfit, not a good swimmer and in a total state of panic and could drown you. We covered protection of ourselves if put in a life threatening situation including pulling their hands/fingers back to break point if necessary, tactics to escape their grip and kneeing them (while keeping afloat yourself).

    I decided that quilting was a much safer hobby for me

    PS: Katy is amazing, she's my favourite Newfie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Awesome vids Newfsie.

    Just curious about somthing...
    What are Newfsies who are trained to do this for real (sorry if that sounds rude, i'm just assuming you do this with your dogs for fun and fitness ??) meant to do if they come across a struggling victim who actually places the dogs safety at risk ???
    I've done a few basic rescue lessons when i was at school and i can remember the teacher stressing to us if the victim is drowning you, ya need to fight them off and save yourself. Aproaching them from behind helped a bit from memory.
    Do they train that type of thing to the dogs ?? I hope i've worded this right and not seem like i'm having a go at Newfsies doing such a wonderful job rescuing people.
    The life-buoy has a rope attached which is some distance......the dogs are taught to swim to the person in trouble and go around them, offering the Life buoy. They are to keep a distance, they are at the end of the rope.

    Katy, Annabelle and Tessa do this with strangers, but not with us so much, unless we say "go round". The dogs are with the handlers mostly when they do rescue work

    We also teach the dogs t help us rescue people, where we grab hold of the dogs tail or vest and they pull us and the rescued person in.......

    They do use the newfs overseas, especially in Europe.

    I am hoping to get it going here, there seems to be more interest in the newfie people in Australia now. I do keep pushing it down their throats LOL.

    They also do a lot of retrieval from boats and return dropped items, such as ropes, life vests and paddles.

    The dogs are only supposed to "go get" when we ask them to, so we assess the risks for the dogs ......This is waht they have to do if they ever get to be Water dog excellent (maybe not us)

    1.* Standard WaterTests ....katy could do all the bolded stuff, she has forgotten some of the stuff, but it will all come back. She is a natural and so is little tessa
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    * * *
    2* Section*A** *
    * Exercise A1 ‐Swim out 15 metres to boat.
    * Exercise A2 ‐ Swim out 15*metres to handler/stranger.
    * Exercise A3 Retrieve familiar object from 6 metres.
    * * *
    3* Section B
    * Exercise B1 Tow boat back 20 metres.
    * Exercise B2 Tow handler or stranger*from 20 metres.
    * Exercise*B3 Retrieve provided object from 6 metres
    * Exercise*B4 Retrieve of object from 20 centimetres underwater
    * Exercise*B5 Controlled swim. swimming at heel
    * * *
    4* Section*C
    * Exercise*C1 Jump from boat and tow from 25 metres to shore
    * Exercise*C2 Tow a stranger from 25 metres.
    * Exercise*C3 Retrieve object from 15 metres.
    * Exercise*C4 Controlled*swim.
    * * *
    5* Section*D
    * Exercise* D1 Take coil of rope out to a boat at 25 metres and tow it back to shore.
    * Exercise*D2Rescue a fallen stranger from a boat at 25 metres.
    * Exercise*D3 Directed*retrieve of one of two objects from 15 metres.

    things to work on

    * Exercise* D4 Search for hidden stranger behind a boat at 25 metres and tow to shore. Too hard at present LOL

    6* Section*E
    * Exercise*E1 Take-out life buoy/jacket to stranger who is 30 metres out and she will do this
    * Exercise*E2 Search for hidden rope at 30 metres and tow boat to shore. still learning
    * Exercise*E3 Directed tow of one of two persons from 25 metres........Katy is happy to do this
    * Exercise* E4 Jump and take a rope to a stranger in another boat who is 25 metres out. He is in the boat, why help him LOL

    We do not allow her to jump out of the boat at present, because it will put a lot of pressure on her hid legs as she was an awesome jumper....flying off
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    This is such good news ! What a wonderful result from all her health issues and operations not that long ago !!!!!!!

    Keep it up Katy-Bear !

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    That's amazing, you have very special, clever dogs. It would be so good to be there and watch them out in the water.

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    Yeah I agree with Findeb, it would be awesome to watch these amazing dogs doing what they do best... But for now I will just get a kick out of watching the vids.

    Glad to see Katy is back in action...
    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
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