Capital teaches AKC-style Rally. According to the AKC website, “Rally provides a link from the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program to obedience or agility competition, both for dogs and handlers. In addition, rally promotes fun and enjoyment for dogs at all levels of competition.” Rally uses 50 signs to build a course. There are three levels: Novice, Advanced and Excellent. Each dog-handler team follows the course, walking from sign-to-sign at a brisk pace and working as a team.
This is NOT a basic obedience class.
This class is an introduction to rally obedience. Topics covered include the basics of the sport, how to read course maps, and correct performance of rally signs focusing on the Novice level, but also including stations from Advanced and Excellent levels.
A Rally course will be run at the end of each class, but considerable time will be spent on helping the handler and dog learn to move as a team in performing each station’s requirements with the dog heeling through the course on a loose leash.”
Dogs must have completed Advanced Basic or Sub-Novice obedience class.
Advanced and Excellent level rally signs will be introduced and practiced. This class is excellent for those still working at the novice level so that they will be able to transition to the advanced level smoothly. It is also aimed at those exhibitors that are currently working at the Advanced and Excellent levels but need more practice. There will be input on how specific signs should be executed as well as training tips as each team works the course. To take this class you must have a complete understanding of the Novice Rally signs and exercises
Rally Novice Ring Ready or Rally Novice Title on Enrolled Dog
Students will learn the correct performance of all AKC Rally signs. Practice will be done with and without signs set up on a rally course.The goal of this class is to prepare students to enter trials and qualify with the highest possible scores; however, readiness to enter trials after completing this session depends on several factors. The instructor will advise students on their progress.
Dogs should be enrolled in a Subnovice or higher level obedience class. Dogs will know how to heel and may be able to work off lead.
Read AKC Obedience Regulations and Rally Regulations. Contact AKC to get a free copy or pick up one at a dog event which offers obedience.