Spring Water Rescue Seminar

Spring Water Rescue Seminar - May 28 & 29, 2022

This year the Central Ontario Newfoundland Dog Club will hold its Water Rescue Seminar on May 28th  & May 29th  at Guelph Lake Conservation Area.  The two day class is for beginners as well as for those who have already had experience with water work.  

We are thrilled to have Deanna Alko coming to Ontario to instruct this year.  Deanna has led many water rescue dog training seminars for Newfoundland Dog clubs throughout the US and is an excellent instructor.  She will ensure your Newf has a positive experience and help them advance whether never having entered the water before or getting ready to title.

You and your dog will begin to learn the elements of water rescue which include retrieving (you will have a chance to practice this both on land and in the water), pulling a boat to shore, jumping off a boat into the water and rescuing a drowning victim.   

Working together to learn new skills is a wonderful bonding experience for you and your Newf.  Water work is particularly enjoyable because it brings out the natural skills and instincts that are inherent in this wonderful breed.  

Instructor Bio: Deanna Alko

water-rescue-2022-1.jpgMy husband, John, and I have always had a love for water. Almost 13 years ago we brought home our first Leonberger, and we were delighted when Medley showed promise in the water, even at just eight weeks old. With the bias that a dog is happiest when he has a job, I researched what types of work activities were available. Water rescue work seemed to be the best fit for our family.

I read Judi Adler’s book, Water Work, Water Play, got involved with our area’s Newfoundland club summer weekend training sessions, and I attended a seminar hosted by Colonial Newfoundland Club. I was hooked forever!

That summer is still so vivid in my mind, like a first kiss, love, or pup; It’s forever in my fabric, just like their fur. That summer I did a lot of listening, watching, photographing, learning, and experimenting at home.

water-rescue-2022-2.jpgSince then, I’ve spent hundreds of hours devoted to training water work, both at home in Pittsburgh on land with adjunctive devices, in the Pittsburgh rivers, and in many lakes alone and with our “Water Work Village”, the Penn-Ohio Newfoundland Club. I’ve benefited from strong mentors, and have learned from each and every day of training and each water test that I’ve exhibited in or stewarded for. As of today, I have exhibited in five US states and at all three NCA water work levels.

This journey has inspired my philosophy of the fundamental principle of water work, ‘Take, Hold, & Give’. Take the opportunity; Hold the bond sacred; Give praise and love liberally. It’s my intent that during our Central Ontario Newfoundland Club 2022 seminar weekend, we will explore and illustrate the principles that give working in the water with the dogs we love such grand meaning.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

~ Deanna Alko

Note About the Seminar

Newfs must be at least four months old to participate.  

NO LIFEGUARDS are on duty.  Parents are responsible for their children.  

Register to Attend

To register please download and complete the registration form and Covid waiver.

Registration Form

Covid Waiver

What to Bring:

For You:  

  • DOT approved life jacket
  • Bathing suit, towel, change of clothes
  • Appropriate shoes to wear in the water

For your Newf: 

  • Collar
  • 6 foot nylon leash
  • Canvas retrieving toy (bumper)
  • Lots of treats and water bowl 
  • Crate