AKC Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a
course that has been designed by the Rally judge. The dog and
handler proceed at their own pace through a course of
designated stations (10 - 20, depending on the level). Each of
these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the
next skill that is to be performed. The Rally Novice and
Advanced levels provide an excellent way to prepare to earn a
Companion Dog (CD) title. Communication between handler and
dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required;
however, there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog
Although AKC Rally does not allow mixed breed dogs, APDT
Rally does, so please feel free to come to our Rally class
with your "All-American" dog!
There are three levels of competition in 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 the heel position.
Excellent - this third and highest level of Rally is
the most challenging.
Exercises are performed off-leash except for the
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.
The Excellent-level exercises include backing up
three steps while the dog stays in the heel position and a
Any club member can particpate in the weekly Rally classes held on Wednesdays from 7:15 - 8:30 in the Open building
Still not sure if Rally is for you? Feel free to stop in and
just check it out or
the Rally instructor for information.
Offered To: All club
Start Times: Anytime
Where: Open building
||Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.
Randy (AKC Rally Judge) and Cheryl