Rally obedience is a fun, fast paced dog sport based off of traditional competition obedience. The judging is not as rigorous as competition obedience and teamwork between the dog and handler are the main focus. The judging is not as rigorous as obedience and the dog/handler teams navigate stations indicated by a signs along the course. In this course we will introduce you to the basic positions, equipment, signs, and their meanings needed to be ready for Rally Novice.
Once you enroll, you'll be able to get access to the following:
107 Videos - These videos include lectures from Dusty, detailed training demonstrations, demonstrations of all the novice signs, along with references to apps and websites that can aid in the success of your training.
Upon completing the course, you will also receive a certificate of completion.
This course is for anyone interested in the sport of Rally. My hope is to make this sport more available to those who have struggled with getting to classes possibly due to location or maybe work schedules.
We recommend having a good understanding of marker training, a dog motivated by food, high value rewards, foot target and a basic understanding of shaping obedience behavior. As with all dog sports a great upbeat attitude is a MUST!!
For this course there are minimal requirements, this course is purposely geared towards novice dog/handler teams just getting started. However a basic knowledge of marker training and engagement will be necessary.
In this segment we will cover teaching sits and downs as it applies to rally obedience. We will also discuss why you may or may not want to change the way your dog may have already been taught these positions.
Nothing is a pretty to me as a nice left turn! We will cover the basics of how we teach a good left turn through the use of a foot target. We want to dogs to learn to isolate there hind ends so they learn to pivot during the turn. We will also in more advance courses be using the foot target to teach other behaviors.
Handling right turns in training correctly is important to not create lagging (where the dog falls behind the handler) in our rally routines, we will cover some of the things I notice novice handlers doing incorrectly and how to encourage our dogs to make nice right turns.
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How do I verify my dog’s AKC records?
There are two ways to confirm your dog’s qualifying scores, and both ways can be done online at the AKC Store! The AKC web site URL is https://www.akc.org/ .
Individual Events & Event Results Search: From the AKC home page click on “Events” in the menu bar at the top of the page. On the next page, click on “Event and Awards Search” under the “Information on Events” heading. From this page, select the tab named “Event Search” and complete the information in order to retrieve the event data by club name, time range, and competition type as indicated. Enter as much or as little information that you know then click on “Search” to retrieve the event information/results. From this page you may view the event information overview or click on the individual club name to retrieve more details and event information.
Individual Dog Record Reports Are Available: You may also view a free title/points progression report for your dog online in the AKC Store. Or you may purchase a Dog Awards Record report that will give you the results of every AKC event where your dog has earned points or a qualifying score.
If you have not created a Store account, you can do so easily as follows. From the AKC home page click on “Store” in the menu bar. Then on the next page, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Free Online Services” and follow the instructions to create an account. After you have completed this information, login to the store.
Once logged into the Store, Select A Dog to view Individual Dog Record Reports: From the AKC home page you will enter the Store, by clicking on “Store” in the menu bar. Click on “AKC Reports” under the “Reports and Information” heading. This category will take you to a page with links to several types of reports. If you are not currently logged in and you select a report to view, you will be prompted to login. After you have logged in, you will be directed to a page where you can select an individual dog to view. If you have used the Store for reports before, you may use the drop down menu for the box marked as “Dog” to find the dog for which you are searching.
To Check Your Dog’s Points and Awards: When you enter the Store, you will notice a box in the middle navigation area labeled “AKC Reports.” From this list, select “Points and Awards.” If you have not yet logged in, you will be prompted to do so.
If you have used the store before, you may select a dog from the drop down menu box. If the dog for which you are searching does not appear in the menu, you can search for a new one by clicking “click here to search for a new one” at the bottom of the window. In the pop-up window that appears you can enter either the registration number or the breed and exact spelling of the dog’s name. Click “Go.” This search may bring up multiple dogs. Select the dog you want by clicking on its registration number. If you intend to use the selected dog for all reports, click “use this dog for all reports.” If not, the last 10 dogs you have selected will appear in the drop down box the next time you log into the store.
Once you have selected a dog to view you have the option of viewing a Points/Summary of the Title Progression for the dog or purchasing an Awards Record for the dog. The Title Progression is free of charge and is similar to an Awards Record, only it is less detailed. The Awards Record report is an electronic report and may be purchased for $8.00 from the Store. This report will give you a report that you may view, print and/or save of your dog’s entire competition history from beginning to end, for all AKC events.
To find the number of qualifying scores/points your dog has earned in an AKC event, click “View Points/Summary of the Title Progression for this dog.” You can now view the point information and title progression for all types of AKC events, including Conformation, Obedience, Agility, Field Trials, Hunting Tests and all other AKC sanctioned event types.
Sometimes an event result may not have been recorded yet by AKC. To view the events not included in the actual Awards Record, click “View events not included in the Awards Record at this time.” Please be sure to review this link before purchasing an Awards Record report. You may also view a sample of an Awards Record report before purchasing by clicking “View a sample Awards Record.”
To order an Awards Record report, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Add to Wagon.” When the product is ready for purchase, you can click “Checkout” to pay for it. The report will be uploaded to your Wagon to view, print, or save to your computer files.
When you have finished using the Store, select “Logout” from the toolbar on any page in the Store.
How do I find the results of a particular show on the AKC website?
The AKC website provides an Event and Awards Search. This search engine allows you to choose which event or area you are interested in. Select your criteria and then click on the name of the club for entry information or if the show has already passed, it will provide the results for all classes offered at that show.
How can I find out where my dog is ranked among others of its breed or among all breeds?
The AKC only ranks obedience dogs that have earned points toward an Obedience Trial Championship title. If your dog is earning points towards this title, you may order a Top Dogs Report in the AKC online store. There is a small fee for this service. This report will rank your dog within its breed, group or among all breeds competing in obedience at this level..
How do I enter an obedience trial?
If you feel your dog is ready to compete at an AKC event and is also registered with the AKC or enrolled in our PAL/ILP Program or Canine Partners Program, you may check the Event and Award Search to find a show in your location or area in which you are willing to travel to. Click on the name of the club for entry information. Then you can download an official AKC entry form. Once you have completed the entry form, mail it to the Trial Secretary or Show Superintendent listed from the Event and Award Search.