A short list of frequently asked questions about IWDR

IWDR was created to provide organizations of any size an affordable full featured record keeping system that also provides genetic selection tools and estimated breeding values on important health and behavior traits. IWDR was donated to the International Working Dog Breeding Association (IWDBA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on providing educational programs to improve the quality of working dogs.

Consistent genetic improvement for health, behavior and other traits will only happen if the replacement breeders are genetically superior. Estimated breeding values (EBVs) identify the group of dogs from which to select replacement breeders.  Other selection methods employed by most breeders and organizations are primarily based on chance.

Current IWDR functionality includes breeding, whelping, veterinary, behavior, relationships of dogs placed with people, attachments (PDFs, photos, etc), powerful searches, reports and exports.  The full client services module will be online soon, then puppy raising and training will be developed. Users can customize the service/program types, equipment lists and other aspects of IWDR to lists that are specific to each organization. Codes for medical and behavior conditions, however, are standardized and cannot be locally modified, thus ensuring a uniformly coded dataset ready for genetic analysis.

Currently 110 organizations in 28 countries have IWDR accounts. Most are guide and service dog organizations including three breeding cooperatives. There are also a few scent detection and military breeding programs either already subscribed or actively considering its use.

Working dog organizaitons can see basic data such as dog names, status, birth and death dates, color, breed, owner, sex, microchip, registrations, etc on all dogs in IWDR.  Links also provide lists with simiar data on siblings and progeny, health clearances and overall score codes for hip, elbow, skin but not details on the diagnoses.  Private data are only visible to authorized users for your organization.

The annual subscription fee for an organization is based on the number of puppies born alive during the 12 months prior to your billing anniversary date. The current annual fee for small organizations with 1-25 puppies born alive is $375.  Large organizations with 451-500 puppies born alive pay $7,500/year. A free 2-month trial period is applied to all new subscribers, which when expired establishes your billing start date.

IWDR is accessible from any place on earth with a reasonable connection to the internet, either through a wired or WiFi connection in a typical workplace or by using a smartphone or tablet with a browser connection through a cellphone service provider.

Yes, IWDR is in collaboration now with the Working Dog Project at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Genomic markers, as soon as they become available, can be incorporated into the EBV calculation process.