A short list of frequently asked questions about IWDR
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 is based on the number of dogs owned by your organization born in the most recent calendar year. The current annual fee for small organizations with 1-25 dogs is $375. Large organizations with 451-500 dogs pay $7,500/year. A free 2-month trial period is offerred to all new subscribers.
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.