Rally Obedience

Rally Obedience is a noteworthy program for PoeticGold Farm. Dog and handler are scored partly on the “naturalness” and happy communication between them as they move from sign to sign performing obedience doodles and challenges. We offer it both to the team who wants increased fun and togetherness but no competing, and also to the very serious AKC competitor. Our students define success for themselves, and we get behind their goals in Rally. Jill has qualified in more than 50 AKC Rally legs herself, and is seasoned at competing with dogs of myriad breeds and sizes. Our clients have been hugely enabled to meet their goals, which is reflected in many legs and ribbons each trail season yes, but more in happy smiles and chatter after classes and the focus go both dog and human during them.

What is Rally?

AKC Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition.

A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of rally at all times and under all conditions. 

– The American Kennel Club

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