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Here's the video of our graduating run after 9 classes. Archer is just shy of 13 months old here.

http://youtu.be/DiGiAkneM_U

Thought it would be nice to start a new thread in the competition area though I also stuck it up in the other Archer thread.

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Here's the video of our graduating run after 9 classes. Archer is just shy of 13 months old here.

http://youtu.be/DiGiAkneM_U

Thought it would be nice to start a new thread in the competition area though I also stuck it up in the other Archer thread.
I love it! And I'm glad you put it here and started a new thread!


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Ok, seriously interested in trying this. I think Parker would LOVE IT (recreationally of course). How did you get involved?

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Ok, seriously interested in trying this. I think Parker would LOVE IT (recreationally of course). How did you get involved?
Find a local positive-based competition training center. Some have specific classes in Rally. The one I go to does not, but a competition obedience class will teach you most of what you need to know. If they DON'T hold rally classes, they probably can tailor some of whT is done in your obedience class to what you need to know for Rally. Then try run-throughs or matches so that you can polish your skills before attending your first trial.

All the AKC signs can be downloaded from the AKC web site, and all the WCRL signs can be downloaded from the RallyDogs web site.


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Ok, seriously interested in trying this. I think Parker would LOVE IT (recreationally of course). How did you get involved?
Stacey - I recommend Family Dog Training Center in Kent, WA; 20 miles South of Seattle. They have a Beginning Rally class on Saturdays at 10 AM. One session starts today (2/28-4/11) and another in April (4/18-6/6). This is the facitily where I take Emmie for agility and rally training.

You should also attend the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show, which is next weekend (March 7 & 8) at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. There you can visit booths for dog training businesses located throughout the Seattle metro area. And of course you have to watch the great dogs competing in rally, competition obedience, agility, and conformation. It's a lot of fun.

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Ok guys here is an update about our adventures in Rally-O. We went to our first trial this weekend and did 3 Novice A runs. So early to get up! Haha. I'm not sure who was more tired, me or Archer. Anyway he was nervous at first, because he doesn't like dogs barking and there were several barkers there. He got a bit spooked by a garbage can, and some shiny tarps... but after that he settled in and felt comfy in his little carrier inside.

Our first run, I was fairly nervous and he was pretty distracted still, with the noises. I think we WOULD have qualified if I had known that I needed to make tighter 360's and about turns- in my training class to date what I had been doing had been deemed as decent enough. So we NQ'd for our 360 that was too wide, and also for our side step, which again, I didn't know what the judge wanted on that one- his butt needs to move WITH me, not get up and reposition at my side. So we will do some remedial work on that. Also, I kind of forgot that if I'm not sure I did something well enough, to just accept the -3 point deduction and re-try. It is better to do that than to NQ with a badly executed manoeuvre.

The second run felt amazing, and we did great on all the exercises but we re-did one 360 that I thought the judge wouldn't like, and we NQ'd for the side step. Luckily the third run was by a different judge who says she doesn't like judging side steps as she feels it is a bit unnatural for the dogs... so that course didn't have that in it. So, we did qualify for 1 run! Yay! I was only able to get a partial video of our 2nd run (I ran our of memory on my phone, duh):


I notice I am holding the leash too high up, which I think is because it is a bit long, so I am considering trying a 4 foot leash for rally-o, not the 5 foot one. That way I should be able to keep my hand by my belly-button. Also I am going to be doing more heel work with Archer so he sticks to me better. I am just using the cue "Let's go" in these courses but I think I will switch to heel, because I use "Let's go" outside when we walk, which pretty much means go wherever, just don't pull. So I am going to train heel more and also do some rear control work to try to nail that side step, or else we are gonna NQ anywhere they have that! Ack. I think I will try doing some stationary pivot work to teach a cue for getting his butt in beside me.

We are starting in our advanced rally-O class this Thursday- should be great fun! And considering doing another trial at the end of the month to aim for the Novice A title. My friend who is also in the class with her boxer has asked if we can try a team entry, so I think we will if we make it to that trial! How cool of a team would that be, a boxer and a Havanese.
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Congratulations Archer! That blue ribbon looks good next to you.



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I think you both look awesome, Jen! i am not familiar with CARO rules, but your side step would have been fine in either AKC or WCRL. And, yes, your 350 was large (we are told to think of staying on a pie plate) it would NOT have been an NQ in either AKC (where it's likely that they wouldn't have even taken points off) or WCRL, where it might have been a point or two.

Also, while I agree with you that it makes sense to have a different cue for "competition heeling" as opposed to loose leash walking, it looks like he's giving you really nice attention and a good heel already. Be careful with a shorter leash... In the US, especially in WCR, you can get dinged heavily ANY time the leash goes tight, and a short leash can make that happen on a turn, even without the dog getting out of position much. I like a very thin, very pliable 5' leash, where I can keep the extra just folded in my hand, with my thumb through the loop. That way, if I need to, I can play more out without losing points for a tight leash. Havanese are a funny size for leashes... I found that a 6' leash was too long in competition, and a 4' was too short. Here in the US, you actually have to special order 5' leashes, but that's what I do!

I like that you can use harnesses in Caro... In both AKC and WCRL, the dog MUST show in a collar. It looks like CARO is like WCRL, that you can treat after an exercise in the ring? i like that too!


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Way to go Archer and of course you too mom!!! That is excellent.







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Enjoyed the video! The two of you look great together. Keep posting more videos
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