I am hoping to go the Nationals in August and am looking for some information. I have Lucy already registered for two shows locally in which I hope to get her CD. I want desparately to bring her to Nationals and show her but I don't think we can be ready for CDX by August. So, what events could I enter/show her? Can I run her through the open novice A competition if she's already gotten her CD? Is there anything I can do with the fact that she's a certified therapy dog? What about rally? I don't want to offend any of you that train to compete, but do you think rally could be something we could shoot for if she's able to get her CD?
What about registration? I see the registration for the hotel but I don't see registration for the seminars or competions?
And finally, will I be able to meet any of you there? Are you going and does this forum have a "get together" so we can all meet?
AKC will be offering Graduate Novice annd Pre-Open optional titling classes as of 7/1. I'm not sure whether they will be offering them at Nationals, but if so, you could look at the requirements for those and see if Lucy could do the exercizes in either of those.
As far as I'm concerned, there is NO reason a dog who can get ther CD can't do Novice level Rally, which is where everyone has to start. Kodi is working on his RAE and isn't ready to do his CD because he isn't ready for the long sits and downs. He is a preety solid heeler, which you do need for Rally, since, after the Novice level, it is a LOT of off-leash heeling. But Novice level is all on leash, and the courses are pretty simple, with no jumping required.
Go to the AKC website and download the Rally rules and regs, or better yet, order a hard copy of the rule book. (Obedience and Rally are in the same rule book) All the rally signs are listed and explained in the rule book, so you cna practice the movements. Then, if possible, see if you can find any training centers in your area that hold Rally run-throughs or Show-and-Goes for practice. Otherwise, get some play "traffic" cones and make your own rally signs so you can set up practice courses.
This book can help you set up practice courses:
Just be careful, because a few signs have been added to each level since this book was written, so you need to know what those are too.
It's not absolutely certain at this point, but it's very likely that Kodi and I will be there.