Canine performance training and events have many positive effects on dog and owner alike. Participating in dog sports strengthens the bond between you and your PWD. It also opens your eyes to your PWD's incredible abilities and learning capacity. Your PWD reaps benefits, too - with lots of mental & physical exercise, valuable time with you, and opportunities to have heaps of fun!
The American Kennel Club (AKC) offers a wide variety of companion and performance activities for all registered dogs. The Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDCA) offers breed specific water work activities for PWDs.
To compete in an AKC conformation dog show, a dog must have an AKC Full Registration. A dog registered with an AKC Limited Registration is ineligible to be entered in a breed competition but IS eligible to be entered in any other licensed or member event (such as Agility, Obedience, Rally, Tracking, etc).
For information about AKC conformation dog shows, see the:
Conformation pages of AKC's web site
For a basic overview of several AKC companion/performance events such as obedience, rally, tracking & agility, see:
"A Beginner’s Guide to Companion Events"
For detailed information about PWD water work, see:
PWDCA Water Work information"
Your PWD can earn titles by reaching the required qualifying levels at various AKC and PWDCA events. The abbreviation for an earned title can be placed before or after your PWD's registered name (depending on the title). It is a very special accomplishment when you and your PWD work as a team to achieve one or more titles together!
Since performance titles are awarded by national organizations and objective judges, they are an excellent tool used to evaluate a dog's ability to perform to a predetermined standard. When puppies we have bred earn titles, it helps demonstrate the trainability, athleticism and temperaments of our dogs. Just as important to us, involvement in dog sports increases the quality of life for the puppies we have placed. For all of these reasons and more, we encourage you to explore one or more performance activities with your Lakecrew PWD!
To recognize the accomplishments of our Lakecrew PWD owners and dogs, we are delighted to offer a Lakecrew PWDs achievement recognition program.