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I signed Suki up for Rally Obedience!

I wanted to do agility, but she isn't old enough. Rally looks a little less fun, but probably a lot more useful! I'm sure it will help her transition into agility once she is old enough too. Do other people do both? What do they prefer?
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I wanted to do agility, but she isn't old enough. Rally looks a little less fun, but probably a lot more useful! I'm sure it will help her transition into agility once she is old enough too. Do other people do both? What do they prefer?
A dog should be at least a year old, with all joints and bones mature before they start in agility. Otherwise they can hurt themselves permanently. Also, they need to have at least basic obedience under their belts. You need to be able to control them off leash or you'll never get anywhere with agility.

Kodi and I do rally, formal obedience and agility, enjoy all three and have titles in all three. Without a doubt, formal obedience is the most challenging, because everything must be SO precise to get good scores… and a single small mistake at the wrong time can cause you not to even qualify. So formal obedience isn't for everyone. I love it because I DO love a challenge!

Agility LOOKS like it is all "fun and games" running around and teaching the dog to do various obstacles. The truth is, that teaching the obstacles is the EASIEST part of agility. What takes MUCH longer is learning good handling skills and teaching the dog how to respond to your handling. Agility is MUCH more a "mind game" than beginners think!

Rally is more like obedience than it is like agility. But the more obedience you do with your dog, the easier time you will have in the agility ring later. Rally is basically a bunch of obedience moves, but done at your own pace, and directed by signs on the course, rather than a regiment of exercises that are always the same and called by the judge as they are in formal obedience.

Here is a Level 3 (hardest level) rally run in WCR:

http://youtu.be/v4l7IlWknxc?list=UUb...4HUJyREDzDfVEQ

I included this (recent) video, just so you can see what you're working toward in rally. But below, I'll show you what the "beginning" levels of rally and agility look like.

Here is a Level 1 rally run in WCR. This is similar to to AKC Novice, although the courses are longer:

http://youtu.be/SGazwze3jfg

Here is an AKC Novice run:

http://youtu.be/NI2IKB6cS7I?list=UUb...4HUJyREDzDfVEQ

Here is a AKC Novice level agility run, which is basically where you would start in agility:

http://youtu.be/OuN2vw5DAuw?list=UUb...4HUJyREDzDfVEQ

And just so you can see what another venue looks like, this is a NADAC Novice "regular". (which is their equivalent of "standard" in AKC)

http://youtu.be/3P8tqcFB6Ro?list=UUb...4HUJyREDzDfVEQ


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Thanks! My local agility class actually won't accept any dog under 18 months. I was hoping they had a puppy agility course (some do, with no, to low jumps, mostly tunnels etc). I'm sure rally obedience will be fun anyway. She has already finished her basic obedience course. I'm not really in it to compete, just have fun, train her, keep working on the socialization, and have a nice hour with just her, for extra bonding time . I have a cat tunnel at home I was working on with her, she picks up things very quickly! That's great you do all three with Kodi, she looks very well-behaved, you must do a lot of work with her!
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Thanks! My local agility class actually won't accept any dog under 18 months. I was hoping they had a puppy agility course (some do, with no, to low jumps, mostly tunnels etc). I'm sure rally obedience will be fun anyway. She has already finished her basic obedience course. I'm not really in it to compete, just have fun, train her, keep working on the socialization, and have a nice hour with just her, for extra bonding time . I have a cat tunnel at home I was working on with her, she picks up things very quickly! That's great you do all three with Kodi, she looks very well-behaved, you must do a lot of work with her!
Thanks. Kodi is a boy, but yes, we both love the time we spend training together.Don't count out competing at some point… many people start training "just for fun" then realize how much fun it is, and want to test their skills in the ring!

Eighteen months is later than most programs start, but for large breeds, it CAN take that long for joints to close. So maybe they are just being extra cautious. I'd rather that than the "puppy classes" I see so often. It
s really important to get that obedience base on a future agility dog, and it takes at least a year to get that part for most novice handlers.


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