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  • Rally Obedience

    Capital’s Rally obedience classes include the following classes, in order of progression:
     

    Intro Obedience Skills for Rally  →  Novice  →  Advanced  →  Competition/Excellent

    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.


     

    Intro Obedience Skills for Rally

    This class provides a quick introduction to several obedience skills that are necessary for participating in Rally. Skills taught include heeling, fronts and finishes. At the end of the class students should be ready to enroll in Rally Novice. Students who are primarily interested in competition obedience are advised to instead enroll in Fundamentals of Competition Obedience 1.

     
    Prerequisites: Completion of Family Dog 1 and 2 or equivalent experience.

     

     

    Rally Novice

    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.

     
    Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Intro Obedience Skills for Rally or equivalent experience.

     

     

    Rally Advanced

    This class is an continuation of rally obedience. Topics covered include the basics of the sport, how to read course maps, and correct performance of rally signs focusing on the Advenced level, but also including stations from Novice 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 or working toward off-leash.

     

    Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Rally Novice or equivalent experience.

     

     

    Rally Competition/Excellent

    Novice / Intermediate: This class is 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 level 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.

     
    Prerequisites: Rally Novice Ring Ready or Rally Novice Title on Enrolled Dog