Rally ObediencePosted: January 13, 2012
If you enjoy dog sports and you haven’t tried Rally Obedience I highly recommend that you check it out. There are two main venues: Association of Pet Dog Trainers (http://www.apdt.com/) and American Kennel Club (www.AKC.org). Basically Rally Obedience is kind of like a combination of traditional obedience and agility. The dog & handler navigate a course, comprised of a series of numbered signs identifying specific exercises to be completed at each location.
There are at least 3 levels of competition in each venue, starting on leash and advancing to off leash exercises involving jumping, retrieving and a variety of skills that challenge both handler and dog.
Last night I started a beginners class. I just love teaching at this level because the people are there because they really want to do something with their dogs. It’s not about the “winning” yet, instead it’s more about building & developing the team work. There were lots of laughs and smiles as people realized they had 2 left feet and that in many cases it was the handler who needed a little more practice than the dog. The dogs were all having a good time as treats were generously bestowed on the eager learners. We went through about 1//3 of the signs with everyone having lots to practice for next week. We’ll be doing mini-courses in a few weeks which is always a thrill as you can see the pride of accomplishment when the teams are able to successfully navigate 4 or 5 signs in succession.