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Portuguese Water Dogs


Water Trials
and
Beauty Contests
Cleo - May 2008
IBN HARUN CORAL
Merlin - May 2008
IBN HARUN ESTALO
Call Jan on 282 575 832 for further information
All dogs present at but not participating in the trials MUST be kept under control and on a lead
An excellent book about the Portuguese Water Dog written by Carla Molinari is available in English from Paws 4 Pets and outlines the history  of the breed and even the inception of Water Trials by António Constant back in 1978. "The Portuguese Water Dog" Author: Carla Molinari  ISBN: 972-9181-22-5
Portuguese Water Dog Shows & Trials - 2010
Check the official schedule for PWD Water Trials and "Beauty" Contests

Entry Classifications - Provas Práticas / Practical Tests
Nível I Classes: Jovens do 5 aos 12 meses / Juniors between 5 and 12 months old
Adultos com mais de 12 meses / Adults over 12 months old
Nível II Classe: Adultos com mais de 12 meses / Adults over 12 months old
Entry Classifications - Concurso de Beleza / Beauty Contest
Jovens Exemplares dos 6 aos 15 meses / Between 6 and 15 months old
Adultos Exemplares com mais de 15 meses / Over 15 months old
Portuguese Water Dogs are Working Dogs and have been used to help fishermen drag their nets and collect floats etc.
They are also, as far as we are aware, exempt from the ban on dogs on the beaches in the Summer
( as should all dogs be if they have responsible owners!)
Level I - Provas Prácticas / Practical Tests
(Swimming, Retrieval and Diving)
Prova / Test A Swimming Ability

The dog should start from a sitting position on the left of the handler.

Both handler and dog enter the water and swim together around 2 buoys and return to the beach.

The dog should come to a position in front of the handler and then return to a seated position on the left of the handler.

The judge will be observing how the dog enters the water, the speed around the circuit (which is timed) and the style of swimming.

In Level II the test is more demanding as the dog must swim with the handler in a random pattern for 2 minutes
Prova / Test B Retrieval

The dog should start seated on the left of the handler.

The handler then leaves the dog in its seated position, walks away and throws a FLOATING object into the water then returns to his original position.

The dog then swims out and retrieves the object, returns it and places it in front of the handler before returning (around the right hand side of the handler) to the seated position on the left hand side of the handler.

The judge will observe how the dog tracks the object and how decisively the dog retrieves it and returns it to the handler.

In Level II the handler returns to position a few metres behind his starting point but now facing away from the water. The dog must then retrieve the object and bring it back to the handler - again finishing on the handler's left hand side.
Prova / Test C Diving and Retrieval

The dog should start seated on the left of the handler.

The handler then goes into the water with the dog and drops a Semi-Submersible object into the water.

The dog should then dive underwater and retrieve the object, return it to the shore with the handler and places it in front of the handler before returning (around the right hand side of the handler) to the seated position on the left hand side of the handler.

In practice the handler will walk out to around 1 metre depth and the semi-submersible object will sink to around 200mm.

The judge will observe how the dog tracks the object and how the dog dives to retrieve it, the capability of holding it´s breath while diving, the depth and the success of the retrieval.

In Level II the handler will throw the object from the waters edge and the dog must then enter the water and retrive the object.



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