Our training facility has started offering a Rally-O course. They describe it on their website as an "obedience sport," but I'm unclear as to what it consists of.
Anyone have more info on this?
TIA
Marie
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Our training facility has started offering a Rally-O course. They describe it on their website as an "obedience sport," but I'm unclear as to what it consists of. Anyone have more info on this?

I've got a bunch of links on
http://dog-play.com/obedience.html

Diane Blackman
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Our training facility has started offering a Rally-O course. They describe it on their website as an "obedience sport," but I'm unclear as to what it consists of. Anyone have more info on this?

AKC intends for Rally to help in the transition from CGC to competitive obedience. The dog and handler complete a course that was designed by the judge and which consists of from 10 to 20 exercises - the number and difficulty depend on which of the three levels the team is entered in. Some of the exercises are identical to those in regular heeling (fast/normal pace, right turn, about turn) and some are a little more difficult (moving down, circle left) - however they don't need to be done as precisely as in traditional obedience. Also unlike traditional obedience, the handler can talk to and encourage their dog, pat their legs, and retry exercises if necessary. It's fun! Check it out if you can.
Dianne
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Our training facility has started offering a Rally-O course. They describe it on their website as an "obedience sport," but I'm unclear as to what it consists of. Anyone have more info on this?

here's the apdt info: and the akc:

i've been doing this with my loony pit bull, luce, and it's a lot of fun. we haven't trialed yet but we've done some practice matches. novice is completely on-lead, so it's great for my extremely-dog-reactive, low-self-control dog.

my best friend is a pit bull.
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AKC intends for Rally to help in the transition from CGC to competitive obedience.

Hmmm. I was under the impression that AKC Rally is like AKC agility - a sport that was started by other organizations, with AKC deciding to add a similar program to their roster after the other organizations' version of sport was already established.
AKC intends for Rally

Forgot to add- A. Marie's in Canada, IIRC, so I doubt that what her instructor is teaching is the AKC version, and B. Marie's dog wouldn't be eligible to participate in AKC Rally in any case.
AKC intends for Rally to help in the transition from CGC to competitive obedience.

Hmmm. I was under the impression that AKC Rally is like AKC agility - a sport that was started by other organizations, with AKC deciding to add a similar program to their roster after the other organizations' version of sport was already established.

Nope. The only other organization which officially has Rally is APDT, which really isn't much of a licensing organization for instance I didn't even know that APDT offered titles and would have no clue how to get to an APDT show. Rally was invented by Bud Kramer, but AKC is the first large organization to officially sanction it. UKC was going to but for some reason has backed out for a quoted "indefinite" period of time.

While AKC didn't adopt Bud's idea lock, stock, and barrel, I would say it's about 95% Bud Kramer and 5% AKC changes. And yes, they intend it to be a bridge to competition obedience. But frankly, I think it's going to outgrow competition obedience, just like agility has. Comp obedience has become so extremely specialized if you want to succeed that only a small subset of people really do it.
AKC intends for Rally

Forgot to add- A. Marie's in Canada, IIRC, so I doubt that what her instructor is teaching is the AKC version, and B. Marie's dog wouldn't be eligible to participate in AKC Rally in any case.

From what I have gathered Can. Rally-O is the same, or very similar to, the AKC version. Canadian Rally-O is also open to all breeds including mixes so I'm not sure why you think Marie's dog wouldn't be eligible. I didn't see it specifically stated on the AKC site that only purebreds could compete in Rally but that seems to be the case according to some other websites. The AKC site should specify this in bold lettering because it didn't jump out at me.
http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/clubs/rally.htm

Tara
Nope. The only other organization which officially has Rally is APDT,

And according to everything I've heard/read that program existed before the AKC program; IIRC, I was hearing about Rally-O for several years before it was mentioned in connection with the AKC.
which really isn't much of a licensing organization for instance I didn't even know that APDT offered titles and would have no clue how to get to an APDT show.

Erm... the information is really easy to find by going to the APDT site; perhaps you didn't know about it simply because your focus is almost entirely on AKC events?
AKC is the first large organization to officially sanction it.

Hm. I don't think I'd consider the APDT a "small" organization... and I WOULD consider both USDAA and NADAC small organizations, yet nobody would or could deny that the AKC's agility program was created by piggybacking on what those two organizations had already been doing for years.
UKC was going to but for some reason has backed out for a quoted "indefinite" >period of time.

I'd heard that; there's little or no UKC in my area, and I'm not particularly interested in Rally, so I haven't really paid much attention to the discussions about it.
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