What is Rally®?
AKC Rally® is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, A successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen® Program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally® offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally® was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition
A Rally® course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dog in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of rally atall times and under all conditions.
But what AKC’s definition fails to mention is that is fun! In a Rally® class you follow a course set up by the judge that has signs of what is expected of you and your dog. You can talk to your dog all you want (something you can’t do in regular obedience) but you cannot touch or treat your dog. The novice signs are simple things like sit, down, call front, weave turns and fast or slow. There are 3 levels to rally, Novice, Advanced and Excellent.
For the current Rally® class schedule, contact Wendy McCleery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out AKC’s web site for more information on Rally®.