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What do I need to know. Also, do you need to go to special classes or can you train by yourself?

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What do I need to know. Also, do you need to go to special classes or can you train by yourself?
That's a lot of question.. As far as what you need to know, read through the Rally section of the forum. I've written overviews of the similarities and differences of the two main venues at least a couple of times, and once was within the last few days. After that, go to the AKC (or in your case, probably CKC, right?) and APDT websites to read the rules and regs in full.

You don't need "Rally classes"... But you do need a good solid start in obedience training, and for most people, that means some lessons. Your dog must heel well with good attention, and needs reliable sits, downs, stands (and the ability to change from one of these positions to another), fronts and finishes (right and left) and the ability to do various types of turns in both directions to compete at the novice level.

At the novice level, all exercises are done on leash, but the the dog must work on a completely loose leash (ideally, with a "j" loop in the leash) to receive full marks. Every instance of a tight leash will cost you one point, and a consistently tight leash is grounds for NQ.

So if you are experienced enough to train all of this independently, and you are good enough in your OWN footwork and handling skills, you could train for Rally by yourself. Most people need at least SOME lessons to get to this level. As a first time dog owner/trainer, I took regular lessons (usually twice a week) for over a year before Kodi and I were ready for our first competition. But it paid off, in that I felt confident that we could do the work going into the ring, and Kodi didn't disappoint me!


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I am also considering Rally. I have been reading posts, watching videos and have been to websites for rules and regs. This weekend I am attending my first dog show to watch some dogs in action. It starts tomorrow and I'm excited to be able to attend. I also switched Charlys training to an AKC dog club. I was using the wrong style collar and leash and training on the right side. We have some habits to break.


My dog is not spoiled I'm just well trained.
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I am also considering Rally. I have been reading posts, watching videos and have been to websites for rules and regs. This weekend I am attending my first dog show to watch some dogs in action. It starts tomorrow and I'm excited to be able to attend. I also switched Charlys training to an AKC dog club. I was using the wrong style collar and leash and training on the right side. We have some habits to break.
That's great to hear, Rene! I think you'll really enjoy it!


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I'm sorta getting interested in this.

Oreo LOVES to chase me around and he just loves chasing games in general so I assume he's be good at Rally.

Oreo is one fast doggie. You should see him run circles around the park.

I just need to get his obedience up to snuff which is proving hard to do.

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One thing training with a class does is provide distractions as far as noise, smells, presence of other dogs. It is one thing to be able to perform the exercises in the home environment, but it is a lot harder to keep the dog's attention in the class environment. Augie loves going 'to school'. When he sees me gathering the gear, he is pacing back and forth and gets so excited. It is great fun for the humans too. There is no way I could have learned it on my own. I had enough trouble learning it with the trainer there! We just don't seem to have the opportunities near us for competing like it sounds others have. And we don't have APDT around here, I am told. I hope to someday get to compete, but in the meantime, Augie enjoys it so much that we continue going regardless. Our trainer has been working with her border collies doing nose work. She is talking about teaching that in about a year's time. She did a demo for us last night at our Rally class, and it was quite impressive. She got into it to give her older dog an activity as he is now deaf and can no longer compete in agility, her main interest.

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I'm sorta getting interested in this.

Oreo LOVES to chase me around and he just loves chasing games in general so I assume he's be good at Rally.

Oreo is one fast doggie. You should see him run circles around the park.

I just need to get his obedience up to snuff which is proving hard to do.
There is nothing particularly fast about Rally. There is only a tiny bit of running, or "fast", and the dog must remain in heel position. Rally is mostly heel work. You heel around a course, from one sign to another, and at the signs, you do various exercizes. (a novice example would be to cue your dog to sit in heel position, then you walk in a circle around the dog (who remains sitting) then heel on when you have completed the exercize)

There are LOTS of Rally videos on Youtube, but here is one of Kodi and me to give you an idea:


He received a score of 99 out of 100 for this run. (lost a point when he sniffed at a piece of blue tape on the floor!


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