What is a WAE Event?
The WAE event is the Working Dog Aptitude Evaluation, and has long been a staple of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America used to evaluate whether a dog exhibits the characteristics that are natural to the breed. Successful participants receive a WAC, or Working Aptitude Certificate to it is often also referred to as the WAC. Recently the AKC has recognized this test as an AKC title. The exam consists of eight steps in sequence:
Meeting a Neutral stranger and meeting a friendly stranger
Inspection of an unusual Noise
Reaction to the sound of gunshots
Reaction to a startle such as an umbrella opening in the dog’s face
Walking on an unusual surface such as a sheet of plastic….
…. or an X Pen
and reaction to an eminent danger
Our 2020 WAE Event Results
Our 2020 WAE was done over two days in conjunction with the Tri-Star all breed show at the Wilson County Expo Center on October 9 and 10.
We had 17 WAE entries and 11 passes. Six of our member’s dogs passed:
Fallon Houser (Drachen & Delaney)
Monica Lynch and Natalie
Andrea Draper and Sieger
Karen Mundy and Lexie
Nick Wolkonsky and Tank
Whitney Newman and Nova
Four visiting teams also passed:
Jennifer and Coral
Kris and Poppins
Nikki and Hercules
Michael and Sierra
Congratulations to our passing teams, who are now new AKC title eligible!
The Harvest Cluster Conformation Specialty Results
For the first time we held a Conformation Specialty at the Harvest Cluster Specialty show held October 9, 2020. We also provided supported entry gifts for Best of Breed, Best of Opposite, Winners Bitch, and Winners Dog at the Tri-Star Doberman Pinscher groups on Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11 shows.
Results will be posted.
Our 2020 WAE Event
This year we will be hosting two days of Working Aptitude Evaluation events in joint with the Doberman Pinscher Club of Memphis. Both events will be held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds, Lebanon TN, the weekend of Friday October 9 and Saturday October 10, 2020. The evaluator for both days of testing is John Schoeneman. For a complete description of the events please download the event flyer Here.
For an application to the events please download Here.
New Mailing Address!
We have a new mailing address. If you want to contact us by mail, please send to Doberman Pinscher Club of Nashville, 5331 Mt. View Rd. #172, Antioch, TN 37013.
Our 2018 WAE Event
Pictures from our WAE that we hosted with the Doberman Pinscher Club of Memphis on 5/5/18. Five dogs tested, three passed. The dogs had to also search out a noisy object out of sight, react to an umbrella opening, walk on 16 feet of plastic and walk on 16 feet of X-pen material. Congratulations to the following teams who earned their WAC: CH Aquarius Red Hot Iron Alcher, handled by David Ross, owned by Kelle Ross and Cheryl Green; CH HQ Just in Time owned by Jessica Garbe and Shelby Comin Round the Mountin owned by Margaret and Paul Sanguinetti.
Our 2015 WAE Event
The WAE, or Working Aptitude Evaluation, is an interesting event. Its purpose is to test whether a Doberman Pinscher demonstrates the characteristics required of a dog to be a stable companion and resolute protector. There are a number of components to the test.
One of the first components is to see how the dog reacts to meeting a friendly stranger.
When the handler indicates it OK for the person to approach, the dog is expected to not act aggressively. A similar test, reaction to a neutral stranger, expects the dog to be aware of the person and be alert.
Other tests include reacting to a startle, such as someone opening an umbrella, or a strange noise from an unseen source, and even a gun shot.
The tests also expect a dog to be able to walk on unusual surfaces, such as an X-panel or plastic sheet.
Probably the hardest part of the exam is testing how the dog reacts to an aggressive stranger, somebody who obviously means harm to the dog or handler.
A Doberman Pinscher is expected to be protective of its handler and stand up to the hazard. Once the hazard is removed, it is expected that the dog can be brought back under control and calmed.
What isn’t preferred is for the dog to cowar and place the handler in harms way.
Successful participants receive a Working Aptitude Certificate, which is a recognized achievement by the Doberman Pinscher Club of America and a requirement to obtaining other higher levels of achievement.
Our 2011 WAE Event
Our course volunteers being briefed by Eve Auch. Thanks to everyone for making the event a huge success!
A special thanks to Ali of Nashville K9, who let us use his training site for our event. Ali also volunteered on course as our decoy, the agressive stranger who’s goal is to incite the dogs to protect their handlers.
Our evaluator was Eve Auch, who scheduled her trip from Truckee CA to Florida to pass through Nashville in time for our event. We had great comments on Eve’s process from all participants. Here, Eve is working with Trish and Dante prior to starting his evaluation.
We had a brief hold-up while waiting for a thunderstorm to pass. Everything else went very smoothly. We also owe a special thanks to the Belleview Fire Department for filling up our wading pools to keep the dogs cool. For more pictures, see our Yahoo Groups picture album at: