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Thinking About Holding a Temperament Test?

If your Regional Club is planning on holding a Temperament Test, please contact the Temperament Committee Chair, Gene Gray.

 Your Club will receive a packet of information that will give you complete instructions on course layouts and station preparation along with forms and waivers.

 
Purpose & Objectives of the Temperament Test

This article lists the objectives of the exercises in the GSDCA Temperament Test, their objectives, and a brief summation of each exercise.  This should be reviewed not only by the handlers but also by the club helpers for each one of the stations.

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Guidelines for Clubs Sponsoring TC Testing

A Senior Evaluator will be provided by the German Shepherd Dog Club of America. This evaluator will direct the actual testing as well as coordinate the preliminary planning arrangements with the Chairman appointed by the sponsoring club. The sponsoring club must contact the Parent Club Temperament Committee Chairman to request a Temperament Test. In turn, the Chairman will poll all the evaluators sanctioned by the Parent Club to ascertain who is available for the requested time and location. The sponsoring club Chairman and the chosen Evaluator will be put in contact with one another by the Parent Club Chairman to perfect the plans for the test.

The  sponsoring club is responsible for compensating the evaluator for expenses only, such expenses to be pre-determined during the preliminary planning phase prior to the actual test.

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Temperament Test Guidelines for Handlers

Do not hurry the dog through the test; it is not a time test to see who gets through the fastest. Dogs must be kept on a loose lead throughout the test.

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Temperament Test Evaluators

Jim York
219 Menge Rd.
Marengo, IL 60152

H: (815) 943-7191
C: (312) 802-8141

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Gene Gray (Chairman)
42428 W. Constellation Dr.
Maricopa, AZ 85138

H: (520) 868-6461

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Dalene McIntire
11054 S.E. 192 Street
Renton, WA 98055

H: (253-0605

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Laura Gilbert
2448 Johnstown Rd.
Chesapeake, VA 23322

H: (757) 421-7854
C: (757) 739-1810

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Linda Chernak
115 Vought Place
Stratford, CT 06614

H: (203) 386-0131
C: (203)395-8473

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Joanna Rand
63461 Shinglehouse Rd.
Coos Bay, OR 91420

H: (541) 267-6258

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Debbie Kaser Freidberg
27973 Goetz Rd.
Quail Valley CA 92587

H: (714) 328-1805

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Guidelines to become a Temperament Evaluator for the GSDCA

New candidates must submit a K-9 Resume to the Temperament Committee, telling the committee of their history in German Shepherds and activities performed with dogs.
 
New approved candidates will be referred to as "Shadows" as they will be shadowing established Temperament Evaluators.
 
Shadows will be expected to work 4 out of 6 Nationals and will work from set up to post test meeting.
 
Shadows will sponsor with their home club a minimum of two (2) Temperament Tests with a different established evaluator at each test.
 
At a third home test or their fourth National test, they will be put on the field to test with a established evaluator as their shadow before being released to do evaluations on their own.
 
Effective starting in January 2015, established Temperament Evaluators will be excused with three (3) missed Nationals, excused or unexcused absences and will revert to Shadows.  (this will not be retro active).
 
The Temperament Committee Chair will maintain an attendance record of Shadows and Established Evaluators.