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Isn't it? She has enough tail for three dogs. Hmm. I was going to change that sentence, but I think I'll just leave it as it is.

Heh.

Handsome Jack Morrison
*gently remove the detonator to reply via e-mail
Shouldn't they shoot Terri Schiavo?
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LIfe's been wild recently, so I haen't been here often. I see it's still the same old friendly, well-mannered family.

Since I've been involved in Rally since the beginning, let's start there and untangle some wrangles..
Charles "Bud" Kramer, developed Rally Style Obedience with the hope that it would provide still another, user friendly dog sport. He offered it up to the world, to include the big registries. It is based on the "doodling" long used to proof and sharpen obedience performance. He has already written three books on the sport. Much support for him and all venues for Rally has come from Front & Finish.
APDT kept Bud's signs, but changed some of his rules and exercise desciptions. Their trials are offered in areas where there are higher numbers of members. Makes sense... As a smaller organization they were able to set up a titling system faster than the big boys.

AKC made signifcant changes to Bud's original ideas, and tucked it into the obedience framework as a transitional sport (as already mentioned), hoping that this juxtaposition would give classical obedience a boost, which is needed... There are many differences in signs and exercises from Bud's work, but his third book on the sport includes the AKC "stuff". He was NOT consulted by the AKC when changes were made. It was non-regular in classification for about 3 years, became titling in Jan 05. Some trial entries have been larger than the accompanying obedience trials have had. It is too soon to say that this will continue, because there is a whopping big backlog of regular obedience folks anxious to title... and these experienced folks and dogs are flying through the titles. IMHO, AKC saw it also as a source of ***.

UKC was in the midst of opening several other performance events when Rally showed up. A person was given the job of setting up the rules, signage, etc. Unfortunately, the poor guy died. Another obedience judge took up the job and polished it off, and submitted the package.. as very similar to AKC, with some signs added at the third, Excellent, level. We sat on pins an needles as the word was that UKC would approve and implement almost immediately. That was well over a year ago, when it was expected to go titling that summer. Ain't happened, no one seems to know the status. UKC has approved some match level Rally at obedience trials, mostly using AKC rules and signage, and I think I recall reading about at least one done acording to ADPT rules and signage.
World Wide KC approved it acording to Bud's rules and sings and has held a number of trials, but this organization has had trials in only Tampa and maybe NY state. WWKC permits mixed breeds and recognizes almost all rare breeds.
AMBOR for many years granted titles based on scores earned in AKC OB matches, then signed on with UKC a number of years ago, when the UKC was willing to allow dogs registered with AMBOR to participate in trials. UKC subsequently came up with their own mixed breed recognition system. As the mixed breed owner/competitors I know are now signed up wiht UKC, I hadn't heard that they were still active! Nice to know they're still around.
ASCA permits all breeds, and mixed breeds, in obedience. There have been some approved Rally classes with ASCA obedience trials and matches, held using either APDT AKC rules and signage, but mostly AKC. No rumors from my friends with Aussies about approval and titles in Rally.

CARO was formed in Canada when CanKC was slow to respond. I know little more about the CARO program than that they allegedly use the tube tunnel as an option in the top level class. Most of my Canadian friends do AKC sports almost as much as they do CanKC.. and none are involved with CARO at present.What makes Rally a transitional sport? First level is all on lead. At all levels, the handler can give multiple commands and can encourage the dog verbally. At the first two levels, patting the leg is permitted, and hand signals can be used within the particular group's rules (APDT less than AKC). "Heel position" in AKC is more loosely defined than in classical obedience. Precision is not demanded. The courses are as varied as the judge-on-that-day, keeping it interesting and challenging for dog and handler.

Teamwork is strongly emphasized and APDT can give bonus points for this and for the happy team. AKC requires 1 jump in Advanced and 2 in Excellent. Both AKC and APDT have super titles which are analogus to the UDX in classical obedience. The AKC calls it RAE. Jump heights are lower than for classical obedience or Agility.

Both AKC and APDT are having growing pains in solving the problems of getting well qualified judges into the field, and rfining r ules and directions for some signs, ring size, etc. It is said the APDT has had some conference calls to make rules adjustments.
It's great for young dogs and new handlers starting out, has helped solve performance problems in obedience and agility titled dogs, and has given some veteran dogs a new chance to strut their stuff. Best of all, it has brought real fun and spontaniety back to the obedience world.

Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia