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NEAROE Tournament

Kodi and I are home from the New England APDT Rally Obedience Enthusiast's Tournament of Champions. (how's THAT for a name!)

The Tournament is only for dogs who have titled in the various levels. The classes are BIG and the competition fierce. Kodi was awesome. We ran 8 courses over the two days, and Q'd 7 times with scores of 202, 203, 206, 207, 208 (5th place), 210 (3rd place broken on time) & 210 (3rd place broken on time). We had one "brain freeze" moment, and NQ'd in one level 2 class, which put us out of the running for overall placing in Level 2, but ended up fourth overall in Level 1! We also completed his RL1X2 title.

As usual, the judges had nothing but positive to say about him, even in the class where we NQ'd. In his last 210 run, the judge wrote "Gorgeous Run!!!" on his score sheet!

APDT is such a WONDERFUL venue. People are so nice and supportive of each other. If you are going to try Rally, really consider APDT if it's in your area. You won't regret it!

I do have some video, but it will take a couple of days to get it sorted and downloaded. Also some cute photos of him in the car on the way home.


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Way to go, Karen and Kodi! Will look forward to the pictures and/or video!

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Karen -

Maybe you could define some of the terms for those of us who are uninitiated? I don't even understand what a rally is. I'm sorry if I'm asking you to repeat yourself.

But, congratulations!! I do get that it's a big deal!

Thanks.



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Congrats!!!! So happy for you both, I can't wait for the pictures!

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Karen -

Maybe you could define some of the terms for those of us who are uninitiated? I don't even understand what a rally is. I'm sorry if I'm asking you to repeat yourself.

But, congratulations!! I do get that it's a big deal!

Thanks.
Rally Obedience is a form of competitive obedience where there is a course laid out with a bunch of signs. You proceed around the course doing what each sign tells you and are judged on your performance. There are, as far as I know, three main Rally venues here in the U.S. ... AKC, APDT and UKC. Kodi and I compete in AKC and APDT. (we also compete in formal obedience and agility, but explanations of those will have to wait till another day!)

Both AKC and APDT have 3 levels of Rally. The first level is similar in difficulty between the two and both are done on-leash, though there are differences between the venues. After the lowest level in both AKC and APDT, all work is done off-leash. APDT Level two is about the level of difficulty of AKC Excellent, which is AKC's highest level. Level 3 in APDT is VERY difficult. Kodi isn't quite ready for it yet. AKC works on a maximum score of 100, APDT works on a maximum score of 210.

Kodi has completed Levels 1&2 in APDT, and is working on advanced titles in those levels. He has achieved his "ARCH" (APDT Rally Champion) title. He has completed all three levels in AKC, and is working on his "RAE" (Rally Advanced Excellent) which is the highest AKC Rally title offered.

Here is a YouTube video of us doing APDT Level 2 with a perfect score of 210.

http://youtu.be/M4DnmR_7DBw

If you look under KarenRandall54, you can see a bunch of other runs, some better, some worse, some APDT, some AKC, plus a couple of CDSP Obedience (formal obedience) runs. I THINK Kodi's very first Rally competition ever is there too. That should give you an idea of some of the different venues and the two different sports. (most of them are probably also posted here on the forum under the Rally section, but you'd probably have to dig for them a bit)

Hope that explains a little about a fun sport. If you are really interested, both AKC and APDT have websites with all the rules in detail. It's really fun... Consider giving it a try!


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Way to go Karen and Kodi! Looking forward to seeing the video. Charly thinks rally might be fun.


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Karen, congratulations! You're an inspiration to me! Will watch for the video.

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OK, here are the videos, as promised. I've put up the good and the bad, so you can see both.<g> I still don't know why he got "stuck" in the run where he wouldn't move off the start line. (the caption says we NQ'd, so you can tell which one it is) He didn't need to potty... I'd just taken him. He wasn't tired, because he went on to have other good runs. When I watch the video, he isn't laggy or unhappy looking in between the "stuck" moments, so I really don't have a clue.

In another video, there is just ONE place, where he got distracted, moved away from me and froze. THAT is a different kind of getting stuck, and I know what causes it, because I've seen it before, both in training and in competition. If he thinks he's done something wrong, even if I do NOTHING to correct him, he will freeze like that. Fortunately, I was able to get him heeling forward again in that run, and it wasn't a big deal... just a 1 point "out of position".

I've TRIED to put these up in the order we ran them in, but I'm not sure I've got it exactly right, and there are two missing that didn't get taped.

http://youtu.be/-uKCOC6tLak

http://youtu.be/OSj5wm-tv1c

http://youtu.be/xCe5mTNEYe0
(this is the NQ)

http://youtu.be/GbMiXO4NfPU

http://youtu.be/5yAc8pgejWs

http://youtu.be/DHMD9xeCoPs

And finally, here are a couple of (bad) iPhone photos of my tired boy on the way home!
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Once again Karen, congratulations on another great perfomance. And thanks for promoting APDT events. Our group IAABC is possibly merging with APDT. Lots of good info at their site. http://www.apdt.com/ Sorry for sneaking in this plug. LOL

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Once again Karen, congratulations on another great perfomance. And thanks for promoting APDT events. Our group IAABC is possibly merging with APDT. Lots of good info at their site. http://www.apdt.com/ Sorry for sneaking in this plug. LOL
Thanks, Dave, and no problem with the "plug". Actually, APDT is selling off the Rally venue. They've decided (and I'm sorry, but I do understand their position) that administrating a competition venue doesn't mesh with their vision and mission. They've made it clear that they are going to try to be VERY careful to place APDT Rally in the hands of a group who will continue to support and nurture it as the great sport it is. We were supposed to know by now what their decision was going to be (there are several groups bidding on it) but I very much hope it ends up in the hands of the long-time Rally supporters, competitors and judges who have come together as "RAD" (Rally All Dogs), formally known as "Rally Nation". (there's MY plug! )

In the mean time, we keep Rallying on!

BTW, I'd love it if you and Carol would look at the video where he got stuck and NQ'd and see if you see anything I don't in terms of what might have been going on in his furry brain. I think I did the right thing by NQ'ing myself and turning it into a fun practice run, but I can't figure out for the life of me what happened!


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