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?