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Rally-Obedience Novice (RN)

Rally-Obedience Novice (RN)

A fun and easy sport for you and your dog



Something to smile about: You and your dog will succeed at Rally-O.

Rally-Obedience Novice (RN):

Rally-Obedience (also known as Rally or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience. What started as puppy prep for obedience levels (like the CD) has become a sport of its own.

The Rally Novice course consists of 10 to 15 stations where something akin to road signs instruct the handler what to do at each station. Sometimes the excercises resemble the sits and heeling you would see in competitive obedience; more often than not they ask that you complete a wider range of turns and behaviours at one station. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers may encourage and praise their dogs on the field.

Rally-Obedience is a challenging, yet, fun and informal sport. It requires a positive attitude and happy demeanor. Dogs who find traditional obedience boring often thrive in the fast paced sport of Rally-Obedience. In fact, handlers often face scoring deductions more often than dogs. Reading signposts, and executing commands under the stopwatch can lead to some comical human errors.

By and large, most handlers, even newbies, find Rally-O fun and accessible. Trying Rally-O before taking on the formality and precsision of traditional obedience can be a good strategy.

Rally Novice trials are conducted on leash. A 4 to 6 foot leash is required for this class. Bring your own leash or, if you wish, leather leashes will be available for purchase at the class.

What you will accomplish...
  • Learn general Rally-O guidelines and etiquette
  • Understand CKC Rally-O Novice level signs
  • Learn how other associations (such as CARO) differ from the CKC
  • Develop approaches for specific signs
  • Get training tips on time reduction and execution of moves
  • Motivate your dog for optimal performance

Prerequisite: Completion of Obedience Level 2 training with the Swansea Dog Obedience Club or equivalent. Good on-leash heeling, sit, down and recall are required.


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