Rally became an AKC event in 2000. This competition emphasizes fun
for dogs and owners as well as spectators. There are 50 signs the judge
can pick from to design the course which is different at every trial.
The dog and handler most go through the course reading each sign to
know what to do, the only direction given by the judge is forward to
start the team on the course. The number of required exercises is
increased with the three levels of competition.
is Novice, Advance, and Excellent. In Novice all exercises are performed
on leash. Advance and Excellent is done off lead.
performance is the objective, unlike traditional obedience, handlers may
use verbal encouragement, hand signals, and body language to encourage
their dog through the rally course.
Courses normally take between
2 and 3 minutes to run. Each dog and handler are timed, times are used
for placings, such as first, second, third. However to qualify for a
title you do not have to do the course in a certain amount of time.
Rally has gotten me back in the sport of dog showing. It is so much fun.
Here are three Pekes
that I did obedience with.
Beckley, WV 25801