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Introduction Rally Course               Training

This is another one of those fun classes to do with your dog. Doing this class will increase your bond with your dog as a team. Rally is a fairly new class that has been added to the AKC to compete in. It is recognized as an obedience class. We think many people will find this an enjoyable class because it somewhat combines both agility and obedience which makes for a really fun time. There are also different levels of rally:

  • Novice – this is the first level for those just getting started in competition.

    • All exercises are performed with the dog on leash.

    • There is a requirement of 10-15 stations to complete with no more than five stationary exercises.

    • The exercises performed vary from turning 360 degrees to changing paces during the course.

    • Exhibitors at this level may clap their hands and pat their legs through the course.

  • Advanced – this is the second level, which includes more difficult exercises throughout the course.

    • All exercises are performed off-leash.

    • There is a requirement of 12-17 stations with no more than seven stationary exercises.

    • Exercises include a jump as well as calling your dog to the front of you instead of to a heel position.

  • Excellent – this third and highest level of AKC Rally is the most challenging.

    • Exercises are performed off-leash except for the honor exercise.

    • There is a requirement of 15-20 stations, with no more than 7 stationary exercises.

    • Handlers are only allowed to encourage their dogs verbally. Physical encouragement is not allowed at this level.

    • The Excellent-level exercises include backing up three steps, while the dog stays in the heel position and a moving stand, while the handler walks around the dog.

A qualifying performance indicates that the dog has performed the required exercises according to the AKC Rally Regulations. Each performance is timed, but times are only counted if two dogs earn the same score. All dogs and handlers begin with a perfect 100. A dog and handler team is awarded a qualifying score if it retains at least 70 points after the course has been completed.

Rally Signs
The signs may be any color and they include descriptions as well as directional arrows of exercises. Signs are numbered to make it easy to find the next station when navigating the course. All signs are placed to the handler’s right side. The signs are large enough to be easily recognized when going through a course. The exercises designated on the signs will be performed in close proximity to the sign itself, either directly in front of, or in front of and to the left of the sign.