Rally Obedience

rally obedience

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What is rally obedience?
Rally obedience, also known as rally-o, is the latest American Kennel Club event to run the exhibit circuit. It blends aspects of dog agility, traditional obedience, and sports car racing into a fun, new dog sport. Rally includes 12 to 20 timed performance locations based on the participation level, and is scored by a judge watching for a steady, consistent performance and ability to follow directions at each station..

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Video Crufts Rally Obedience

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Is it only for purebred dogs?
All dogs, whether pure or mixed breed, are encouraged to participate. Rally is fun for family dogs, teams retiring from more physically demanding sports, teams beginning show careers, and teams who just enjoy a challenging and fun competition in a friendly atmosphere.

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What dog is best suited for Rally?
Any dog in excellent health is a great competitor for Rally. However, there are special provisions for dogs with handicaps. Large or small, old or young, mixed breed or purebred can all participate in the sport.

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Who designs the courses?
Judges plan the courses, and they can vary significantly in each trial. Participants obtain a course map from the judge and can walk the course without their dogs before the competition starts. Judges create courses by choosing from over 48 stations that direct dogs and handlers to perform particular actions and exercises.

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How is it scored?
Each team starts with a score of 100 points, and marks are deducted for mistakes, such as skipped or inadequately performed stations, leash corrections, or touching the dog. The team with the fewest number of errors wins first place.

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What are the steps to getting started?
Locate a local group near you and begin taking classes and building the relationship you want with your dog. Test your dog's stamina by joining a local trial. You can also contact the following organizations for competitions and training events:

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