These tests are non-competitive. However, if a competitive trial, with dogs/owners being placed in order of competence, is being arranged then these regulations
may be the basis for those trials. A test day is for entrants to have FUN with their dogs and delight in their joint achievements and those of fellow
Newfoundland owners. Even at a test remember never to become so serious that the fun goes out of working for either you or your Newfoundland. Dogs must
be at least 6 months old on the day of the test to enter for Section A, 9 months for Section B, 18 months for Section C and 24 months for Sections D &
E. These ages have been set in the best interests of the dog, bearing in mind its physical and mental capabilities. Owners are encouraged to start training
their dog when it is capable of performing all elements without undue strain.