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Madison and Beth
Rally Obedience was introduced by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2005, and since then has become hugely popular. Ask many GCOC members and they will quickly admit that they are “Rally Junkies!”
So what is Rally, exactly?
The AKC describes Rally as “a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the rally judge. The judge tells the handler to begin, and the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10 - 20, depending on the level).
Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the skill that is to be performed. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience.
The team of dog and handler moves continuously at a brisk, but normal, pace with the dog under control at th
e handler's left side.
There should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler
both during the numbered exercises and between the
exercise signs; however, perfect ‘heel
position’ is not
What makes Rally different from traditional Obedience competitions?
Unlike traditional Obedience, communicat
ion can be unlimited and is not penalized in Rally. Handlers can talk to, praise, or use any verbal means of encouragement. At the novice and advanced levels, handlers
can also pat their legs or clap their hands.
Rally is a great way to give teams the confidence and experience they need to continue on to traditional Obedience competitions, if they wish.
What does the Greater Columbia Obedience Club offer in Rally?
Rally instructors have all titled their dogs in Rally and enjoy introducing newcomers to this sport. Rally classes are designed to be taken in sequence to prepare teams to be successful in the Rally ring.
GCOC currently offers AKC Rally, and
Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Rally,
but many members also compete in other Rally venues such as the United Kennel Club(UKC) Rally.
Rebel and Kathy
Stepper and Phyllis
r more information regarding the Greater Columbia Obedience Club's Rally program, please send us a
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