Portuguese Water Dog (PWD) water tasks endeavor to duplicate historical tasks the PWD would have undertaken as a contributing crew member on a Portuguese fishing vessel. Tasks that were attributed to the breed included -
In the water trials for the PWD held in the United States, the dog -
Here you can see Sue with her amazing "once in a lifetime dog" - International Champion Tradewind's Lunar Eclipse, OA, AXJ, CWDX, call name Yeager - launching off the boat to a double directed retrieve.
Yeager's mother - Tradewind's Fantasia OA, NAJ, CWD, call name Abby - has taken the buoy ball from the handler on a boat and is swimming to the white marker 50 feet from the boat and delivering the ball at least 10 feet past the white marker in open water, dropping the buoy ball there and leaving it in open water. The dog must return to the handler on the boat without the buoy ball.
Finally, in this picture a float line was placed on the shore while Abby was with her handler on a working boat 60 feet out from the shore and could not see where the float was being placed. Her handler sent Abby to swim to the shore and find the float line and then swim out and returned it to them in the boat.
For further information about Portuguese Water Dogs Sue recommends that you browse through the web site of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America.
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