What Is Newfervising?
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If you’ve been involved with the Newfoundland breed for any substantial amount of time you’re probably familiar with newfervising. 

It’s similar to supervising but it’s done by a Newfie so it’s newfervising. 


Definition of Newfervising

When a Newfoundland dog watches a person or activity to make sure that everything is done correctly, safely, and up to Newfie standards. 

When is newfervising done?

Whenever you are not paying attention to the Newfoundland.

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How is newfervising performed?

Ohhhh…..that is going to be solely based on the Newf doing the newfervising. 

Some do it while sitting. Some do it while standing. Some do it while laying down and some do it napping with one eye open.

Some do it with paws crossed and some do not.

Some do it in pairs and some do it solely.


Do all Newfies Newfervise?

Yes. It’s a trait of the breed. It’s genetic.

It’s not written in the breed standard, it’s just fact. 

It is present from birth and slowly progresses with age and wisdom. 

It is not a word in the dictionary and it is not identified by spellcheck until you’ve used it several times in one blog post. 

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What type of tasks do Newfs Newfervise?

Tasks that don’t involve them and tasks that do involve them.

Picking up dog poop, splitting wood, making dinner, vacuuming, washing the walls, taking a shower, going to the bathroom, washing slobber off of walls. 

Washing the car, doing the laundry, raking leaves, eating, swimming……

They judge you and make sure you’re doing it correctly. 

Some will judge you more than others and they will make you question your every move. 

They get in your head. 

They wait for you to mess up and then they will bark, shove or give you the famous Newfie side-eye if you are not performing the task to the level they expect. 

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Does Newfervising ever end?

No. It’s there for the entire life of the Newfoundland. 

Is Nevervising Beneficial To The Owner?

This again will be based on your Newf’s level of Newfervising. While some Newfs can be a little over top which can cause stress to the owner, the sole purpose of a Newfervisor is to help their employees reach goals, improve performance, hold them accountable for their actions and provide support as needed.

Do you a Newfervisior? What do they newfervise? 




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