AKC Rally® is a companion sport to AKC Obedience. It too requires teamwork between dog and handler along with performance skills similar to obedience. Rally-O is a great dog sport that can be enjoyed by dogs (and people!) of any age and ability. The dog and their handler are required to perform a different exercise every few feet. Exercises include combinations of turns, presents, finishes, changes of position, heeling around cones, halts, stays and jumps. Even though Rally-O has evolved from Competitive Obedience, it does not require the same level of precision as Obedience. Rally-O is fun and exciting!
Rally-O is a program for dogs and their owners. Dog and handler use directional signs to go through a numbered course within an allotted time.
Rally-O goes beyond basic heeling by interspersing over 40 obedience movements with the sits, turns and paces of traditional heeling. It also requires a brisk pace, positive attitude and happy demeanor.
Rally-O is a venue for those who desire an activity that is fun and games. It is not simple or easy, but challenges handlers and dogs in a partnership that improves heeling and teamwork. The ability to work as a team during a Rally-O performance, the handler’s ability to maintain the dog's attention and attitude at a high level are all challenges. This, along with variability incorporated into course designs and formats, creates a fast-moving continuous performance.
What is Rally Obedience?
Rally Obedience (Rally-O) is intended to promote positive relationships between dogs and owners based on trust and respect. Rally-O encourages participation of ALL dogs, purebred or mixed breed, pets or titled champions as well as physically-challenged dogs and/or handlers.
ATTITUDE is more important in Rally-O than precision. Dogs and handlers "just gotta have fun."
The concept of a single continuous performance, uninterrupted by orders from the judge, demands a sustained communication between the dog and handler. The handler may talk and give hand and body signals to his or her dog throughout the performance. This provides a mental stimulus for the handler as the course outlines are different at each trial.
Rally-O is designed so that dogs at all levels of training may participate. A beginner’s course may include heel, sits, turns, pace changes, sit-stay and elements of recall. As the dogs gain skill, more difficult elements are incorporated into the courses which will improve you and your dog’s performance levels and confidence.
To sign up for a class and to reserve your spot in the class, please click the link above and follow the instructions through Paypal. You no not need to have a Paypal account to use Paypal. You can sign up as a guest. If you have any questions, please contact Shari from PAWS, 508-414-7017.
Terms of Payment Plan: you sign an agreement stating that you will pay $25 a week for the duration of each level of the Rally-O class. Failure to pay the $25 a week will result in expulsion from the class. To reserve your spot in the Rally-O classes, you need to prepay the first payment. Please click the link above in the highlighted boxes and follow the on-screen instructions to finalize your deposit. Walk-ins for this class are not going to be permitted. This is to ensure that each student gets the 1-on-1 attention they need. Also, you will receive a list of materials that you need to bring to the first class, and specific instructions will be emailed to you prior to the class. Failure to comply can result in expulsion from the class. Classes are not refundable.
Reminder: Only one round of each class will be offered. They will all be held on Tuesday nights at 7 pm, only. Please commit to being available the entire series of classes. Missing one class can throw off your progress and put you behind the other handler/dog teams in class.
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You will be required to sign an agreement for the remainder of the payments on the first night of class.
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