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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,
Novice A & B class: - For those just getting started - All courses are performed on leash - Course consists of 10 – 15 signs - Can retry signs - To compete in Rally Novice A, the dog may not have won an AKC Rally Novice (RN) title or ANY other AKC Obedience title - RN is the AKC title earned after three qualifying scores at this level .
Intermediate class: - All courses performed on leash - Course consists of 12 -17 signs - Can retry signs - Similar courses as the Novice courses except there are 3 Advanced level signs (but no jumps) - This level is optional (not mandatory to compete in this level) - To compete in this class, dogs must have won an RN title and have not earned a qualifying score in Rally Advanced - RI is the AKC title earned after three qualifying scores at this level
Advanced A & B class: - All courses performed off leash - Courses consist of 12 – 17 signs - Can retry signs except for the jump - 1 jump is required on this course with a minimum of three Advanced level signs - Dog must have a Rally Novice title to compete; can compete at this level indefinitely - RA is the AKC Rally title earned after three qualifying scores at this level
Excellent A & B class: - All courses performed off leash - Courses consist of 15 – 20 signs - Can retry signs except for the jumps - 2 jumps required on this course - No patting legs or clapping hands allowed as with the previous level classes - Dogs must have earned an RA Rally title to compete; dogs can compete at this level indefinitely - RE is the AKC Rally title earned after three qualifying scores at this level.
Masters class: - All courses performed off leash - Courses consist of 15 – 20 signs - 1 jump required on this course - Cannot retry ANY signs - A dog must have earned an RE Rally title to compete at this level - RM is the AKC Rally title earned when a dog has qualified 10 times under two different judges.
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.