looking foward to your expertise on my next question with my boy!
[B]Oh no - I'm no expert - lol Just have seen lots of things over the years - There are experts on this site - likw I said - I'm not one of them . You came to the right spot to learn on them - Lots of training in OB , Showing , Nose work , you name it , they are here , Have a great day. Hi Doc, thank you!I'll just pass this by you real quick, I'm interested in finding out if Duke would protect me in case of a bad encounter on my walks with him...he protects the back yard and the house RV etc... but I'm curious, I read that there's a test that you can take to find out his temperament? Wae I think they called it. I'm wondering where do you go about finding such a test? If you know I would gladly appreciate it! Thanks in advance! Should I start a new thread on the subject?
The WAE is not a test to "find out" temperament. It's an evaluation of a Doberman's temperament based on going through several stations and having a trained evaluator assess their reactions to each station. It is the Working Aptitude Exam. Dobermans must be registered with the AKC in order to take the exam. WAEs are offered periodically throughout the country by DPCA chapter clubs (my club offers one every year, for example).
You can read about the WAE here: https://dpca.org/awards/wae/
Essentially, your dog is evaluated on how they react to the following:
- A neutral stranger
- A friendly stranger
- A hidden clattering (someone holds a tin can with noise and is hidden from the dog - do they move to investigate it?)
- A gunshot
- An umbrella (popped open suddenly as they approach it - must closely investigate it)
- strange footing (an x-pen flat on the ground, a tarp flat on the ground, dogs must walk on them)
- response to a threat (stranger approach in a threatening manner)
More description is on the WAE page. You can click to see the scoresheet, where a bit more description is given of each exercise. I've seen dogs get non-passing scores on any of the exercises. One of the evaluators reminds our club often that this is simply an evaluation of temperament to give us insight into our dog. Too many people start to look at it as a "title" (dogs can receive their Working Aptitude Certification) and try to train their dogs to pass certain elements, which is not what this is for.
In any case, hope that gives you a little bit of info on the WAE. If you can find one near you (and right now it may be hard with the pandemic) it is excellent to watch. You can learn a lot about temperament in our breed. If your dog is registered you can take the exam.