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 and handler.
AKC Rally allows mixed breed dogs,
There are currently three levels of competition in Rally:
Novice - this is the first level for those just getting started in competition.
Advanced - this is the second level, which includes more difficult exercises throughout the course.
Excellent - this third and highest level of Rally is the most challenging.
Exciting New Levels and New Signs Coming in Late 2017
The AKC has announced new levels to be achieved in Rally:
Any club member can particpate in the weekly Rally classes. Still not sure if Rally is for you? Feel free to stop in and just check it out.
Please see The Barker for the latest class schedule and instructors.