Activities For Newfoundlands

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Introduction

A giant build, easygoing nature and a friendly demeanor; these are the traits that best exemplify a Newfoundland. The “Newfie”, as the breed is often called, is a working class kind of dog that originated from the Canadian province of the same name. They are a unique breed that really touches the hearts of every person they meet. In fact, Nana, the Newfie from the Peter Pan film, is one of the most beloved canine characters of all time. Newfoundland dogs need the perfect mix of active outdoor activities coupled with some downtime with their humans indoors. Hereunder are some activities that you and your Newfie can try.

Skijoring

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Cold Day
Expensive
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Ski
Poles
Harness
Activity description

Skijoring is one of the newest trends in winter sports. The name was inspired by the Norwegian word that means “ski driving”. This activity is pretty much like your average cross-country skiing, only that you are being pulled by your dog. For skijoring to work, you need to be harnessed to your dog. Once you are attached, the dog then pulls you. On your end, you use your poles to keep your momentum going. Because of their working and pulling background, Newfoundlands are a great option for skijoring. This activity may be a bit on the expensive side, especially if you are going to do it in a ski resort. However, costs can be reduced if you have your own gear. 

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Prepare your gear
As technical as skijoring sounds, the only pieces of gear that you will actually need are your skis, poles and a special harness for your dog. This harness should have a quick release attachment, which you can easily release just in case you fall and get dragged by your dog. If you do not have your own gear, these are usually available for rent in ski resorts.
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Find a ski spot
The United States has an abundance of ski resorts and winter destinations that offer skijoring. All you have to do is go online and look up information about ski resorts where skijoring is allowed. Remember that not all ski resorts are dog-friendly, so make sure you do a thorough research of where to go.
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Ski some slopes
Once you make all the necessary arrangements with the ski resort, get ready to have some skijoring fun. Make sure everything is set and that your Newfie is all geared up and ready to go. Then, all you have to do is lead the way down the slopes. Newfies are great for pulling. However, since it is in their nature to pull, Newfies do not usually recognize if they are tired. Hence, you should make it a point to stop every now and then to give your dog a break.
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Swimming Adventure

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Sunny Day
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Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Doggy Life Vest
Towel
Leash
Activity description

Dogs in general are quite fond of the water, whether they have the ability to swim or not. However, there are some specific dog breeds that were innately made for swimming. The Newfoundland is one of these breeds. In fact, their swimming abilities are evident in their physical qualities – Newfies have a waterproof coat and webbed feet. Furthermore, Newfies are known for their impressive lung capacity and a unique swimming style that involves pushing their legs up and down the water. In short, Newfies will have loads of fun in their natural element and will make for great swimming buddies. 

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Find a swimming spot
If you want to go for a swim with your Newfie, look for a place where you can go take a dip. Some good options include a lake or a beach. Make sure that the place you choose to go to is calm enough for your dog to avoid possibilities of drowning or other accidents. Also, find out if the place you choose caters to both humans and dogs.
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Enjoy swimming with your Newfie
When you find the perfect swimming spot, get in the water with your Newfie. Always look out for your dog and check for any signs of fatigue. If your dog is a young pup, a doggy life vest is recommended. Also, get out of the water every now and then to take a breather and to hydrate. Remember, your dog’s safety is the most important thing to look out for when on a swimming trip.
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Attend a Newfapalooza

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Sunny Day
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Easy
8 hrs
Items needed
Doggy Waste Bags
Leash
Activity description

When you hear Newfapalooza, you might confuse it with a festival or a gathering of some sort. While not exactly a festival, it does happen to be a gathering - one that involves Newfoundlands! A Newfapalooza is the slang term used to refer to an assembly of Newfies within a certain area. This event usually held a couple of times a year and involves Newfies from all over the city or state meeting up in a specific venue. Here, the Newfies can play and socialize with each other. Owners and enthusiasts can also share stories, details and other information about their dogs. 

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Find a gathering in your area
Thanks to the age of social media, finding information is now a piece of cake. Since Newfapaloozas are independently organized and vary from one place to another, there are no official websites or pages for it, yet! The best platform to use is Instagram; all you have to do is search the tag #newfapalooza to find an event near you. You can also use Facebook and join Newfie-related groups in your area.
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Show up to the event
After you find an event near you, save the date. On the day of the Newfapalooza, pack some snacks, treats, water and waste bags for your dog. Don’t forget to bring a leash for your dog as well; you will never know if things get chaotic and you lose control of your dog. Make your way to the chosen venue and socialize with other Newfie lovers and their dogs.
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Go For Ice Cream

Ice cream is always a great idea. What’s good about this sweet treat is that dogs can also enjoy it (just the plain vanilla flavor, though!) with you. Ice cream places such as Dairy Queen are usually dog-friendly and have outdoor seating where you and your dog can enjoy your ice cream together. 

Movie Time

While it may seem like the Newfoundland is a canine made for outdoor activities, they are actually the exact opposite. Newfies love to stay indoors or anywhere with their owner. They are perfectly content to just lounge by the couch and watch some movies. If you want to add some outdoor fun to your movie date, go to a drive-in movie with your Newfie. 

Conclusion

Having a Newfoundland as a pet is a fun experience filled with love and adventure. Newfies have unconditional love for their owners. Moreover, they are quite a versatile breed that is able to take on a variety of adventures. When trying out any of the activity ideas mentioned above, always make sure that your Newfie is safe and is having fun.