Rally obedience (also known as Rally or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience. Unlike traditional obedience, competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of ten to twenty signs that instruct competitors on what to do. Handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course. Rally obedience is a fun and exciting activity for dogs and their handlers.
Teaching your dog to spin, walk backwards next to you, or drop into a down while you keep moving forward, are just naming a few of the fun and impressive behaviors that you can teach your dog in this class. With rally obedience, you will enhance your dog's training and have fun in the process. The goal of rally is to promote a positive relationship between the dog and the handler, and to encourage continued obedience. We offer all levels of APDT and AKC rally obedience, beginning through competition.
The goal of rally is to promote a positive relationship between the dog and the handler, and to encourage continued obedience. It is also a good way to have fun with your dog. In rally-o, you will learn how to follow a course of numbered signs, where each sign indicates a different and fun obedience skill for your dog to perform. The signs for beginning levels include basic skills like sits, stays, and downs for beginning dogs. The advanced and excellent level skills introduce jumps, distractions, stands, spins and heeling backwards! You and your dog will learn how to work as a team as well as improve your dog's skills. Rally obedience is a competitive event, but you don't have to compete to have fun in this class.
Rally Obedience Signs
Below are a few examples of Rally Obedience signs that you might encounter in competition: