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post #1 of 61 (permalink) Old 05-29-2010, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Dickson's Rally Adventure

Well, Dickson (and I) begin training in Rally 10 weeks ago. Mind you, he has been taking Agility classes since December 2009 and Attention/Heeling Foundation classes since the beginning of the year, and prior to that, he took classes in Obedience. Since this is our first venture into dog sports, I had decided to try Rally. Last night, the trainer said he is ready to do run-thrus. She is so impressed with how well Dickson is doing. She said she will let us know when we're finally ready to go into the ring. In the meantime, we'll keep plugging along and learning as we keep moving forward. Nervous about doing this, but Dickson is having fun and that's the important thing!
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Hooray for Dickson (and you)! Can't wait to see you in the ring with him.


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Great job, Dickson! Sylvia, good luck in the ring!

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good for you and good luck in the ring. posh and have tried a few rally classes when we couldn't make it to agility class, it was fun and definitely moved different "brain muscles" for both of us.
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Rally is really fun. You and Dickson will enjoy it. Congratulaions. Keep us posted on your progress.

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Well, Dickson and I had did our first run-thrus last night after agility class, which both Luna and Dickson are taking. Dickson did very well, considering it was his first time. I have to work on my feet and move a little faster. I'm so busy concentrating on the sign and what the next sign is going to be, that I'm not moving fast enough for Dickson. How funny is that? Plus I had a few corrections as to what foot moves forward first. At least it wasn't crowded. One woman with her beagle Zoe, who is in Dickson's Rally class said she has stayed until 11pm because it was so crowded.
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Dasher does better in rally trials than run thrus (just in case you have this problem) The last run thru we did at the agility center, Dasher wanted nothing to do with rally to be honest and barked and ran cause he knew where we were at He thought I was confused!

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Well, Dickson and I had did our first run-thrus last night after agility class, which both Luna and Dickson are taking. Dickson did very well, considering it was his first time. I have to work on my feet and move a little faster. I'm so busy concentrating on the sign and what the next sign is going to be, that I'm not moving fast enough for Dickson. How funny is that? Plus I had a few corrections as to what foot moves forward first. At least it wasn't crowded. One woman with her beagle Zoe, who is in Dickson's Rally class said she has stayed until 11pm because it was so crowded.
Glad you and Dickson are enjoying Rally... Kodi and I are too. We are CLOSE to being ready to try a trial, but not quite. I'm aiming for late August or Sept. We're doing our first formal obedience Show and Go this weekend... not sure that's ready for prime-time either, but a show and go is one step up from run-throughs!<g> Our biggest problem with formal obedience is the long sits and downs. He won't yet stay that far away from me for that long without constant verbal reminders.

We started doing APDT Rally a few weeks ago too, and BOY!!! When you are used to AKC Rally, are the APDT signs confusing. First of all, some of the signs just look different (even though they are the same thing) and to my mind, they are not as intuitive as the AKC ones. Then on top of that, they can (and often do) string up to 3 signs together, which is WAY confusing. (for instance, on Friday night, there was one place where the first sign was sit, stand, sit. The second was walk around your dog (who remains sitting from the first sign) and the third was pivot right and sit. (so the dog heels from that initial sit, then sits again) You are supposed to go smoothly through this entire series, but I find myself reading one sign, doing that... reading the next sign, doing that, then reading the third...

The big thing that EVERYONE who is interested in Rally should know about APDT competition is that there are puppy classes, and in puppy classes, you can feed the dog around the entire course. And if you enter just ONE APDT trial at the puppy level before the dog's first birthday, you can continue to show in the puppy classes until the puppy either wins out, or reaches his second birthday. Unfortunately, I learned that less than a month after Kodi's first birthday. We could have EASILY been doing rally classes as long as I could feed him as needed to maintain his attention. Oh well, I'll know for the "next" puppy, right?


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Karen, that is great to know! Because I don't think Roscoe will be ready to "play with the big boys" for awhile!

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Karen, that is great to know! Because I don't think Roscoe will be ready to "play with the big boys" for awhile!
Well, don't miss your opportunity the way I did! Get him out and feed him around one APDT Rally course before his b'day, so he has that as an option going forward... I'm kicking myself that I didn't know about it in time!

BTW, I'm very impressed that Roscoe got his CGC so young... Kodi could do most of the things, I think, but he still ducks away from strangers who try to pat him on the head. Not sure when (if ever) he'll get over that.


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