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On Saturday Athena and I did a practice WAC test.  She did really well and I was so proud of her, she got the "puppy version" of the aggressive stranger.  Our breeder said that next year when she is old enough she will pass with no problems.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYUNpdFdP_E

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7GykkLMcRU&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF-2oZE_55U&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W83I1Ru4MP4&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z48Yw-DBlx4

that's great. Romeo is going to take his in Aug.

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Looks good!  The one thing I would say is to not train for this test.  Practice runs are fine, but I wouldn't work on any of the testing besides a practice run.

agreeing with Kevin it defeats the purpose of the test.

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Dumb question.  What's a WAC test?

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I thought it was called WAE---Working Aptitude Evaluation test.  I was going to take Ziva to be tested on July 2nd in Lima, Ohio (the closest place to me that offered the test) but didnt get to due to company coming that weekend for the July 4th holiday.  Now I'll have to wait till next July, since it's an annual event.   Here is a Youtube link showing a dog being tested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBoWSuQWf-U

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Thanks guys, I agree that we shouldn't be training for this.  Plus I figure everyday life is training for them...we try to expose them to as many different situations as possible. 

Freyja's Dad- WAC stands for Working aptitude certificate, it's basically a temperment test.

WAE (working aptitude evaluation) is the evaluation or testing of the Doberman, once they pass this evaluation they earn what we know as a WAC (working aptitude certificate)

I like the link that Freyja's dad posted for the U tube clip. This shows good reaction to the testing.

Here is a link to how to handle the Doberman through the test from the DPCA website.

Handling your Doberman through the WAE  Hope that goes through alright. You may not use any obedience commands or really talk to your dog throughout the process with the exception of a few areas. That is why you see so many of these dogs way out at the end of their leash like they are untrained lol.

Here is the purpose as quoted from the DPCA website for the existence of the WAE

WAE Background

The Doberman Pinscher Club of America was formed principally to preserve and protect the Doberman Pinscher and to do all possible to bring its natural qualities to perfection.

The perfection we seek is embodied in three sets of characteristics: those of conformation, those of temperament, and those of trainability. This Register of Merit Award and Working Aptitude Evaluation Program has, as its fundamental purpose, the recognition of Dobermans having those natural qualities of beauty and functional utility that make the breed what it was intended to be.

In order to earn a Working Aptitude Certificate (WAC), a Doberman must demonstrate the characteristics required of a dog to be a stable companion and resolute protector.

We as breeders should look at the testing and use it to better the breed in our selection and matching of dogs to be bred.

It is a very interesting test indeed and to watch is very educational. Many of us think our dogs can protect naturally but this test will surprise many. Most of the Dobermans tested do not pass and they continually fail in the area of the aggressor. Many Dobermans do not react, some even go behind the owner and retreat as the aggressor comes forth. I'm looking forward to seeing how Romeo will react next month as we take the evaluation.

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This looks like a cool test to evaluate a dog.  I'd love to put Freyja through it.

I heard the bark at the end of ZD's link a little over a week ago.  It was almost midnight and I heard something going on in the campground we were at.  Since it was Sunday night and the campground was almost empty I got Freyja and we went to investigate.  As we approached a man asking "is everything ok here?" he said "I'm with the Highway Patrol, stop with that dog before I have to hurt it".  (Yeah, I didn't much like the attitude either.)  Anyway Freyja responded to his agressive action toward us by giving that same bark the Dobie gave at the end of the video.  I think it was the first time I've ever seen her react that way toward another person, especially given the fact that she was not in her "territory".  Usually all she wants is a pet.  Needless to say I have a bit more confidence in Freyja's protective qualities now.   

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Looks like she did a great job. What kind of things can you do with a WAC?

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That's interesting. I'm going to look into WAE in my area.