Learning RallyO RALLY O obediance

What is Rally O

Rally 0 stands for Rally Obedience.

Rally O is a fun way to do obedience. A course is set up with a series of numbered sign stations. The signs tell you what exercise you are to perform at the sign. As an example, the sign at station 4 may say "fast forward" then you would proceed to station numbered 5 that may say "about turn" and then you would proceed to # 6 for a "moving down". You can talk to your dog the whole way threw the trial. You can repeat commands and do what ever it takes to encourage your dog, except touch your dog. Rally is especially good for the shy dog since there is no stand for exam by the judge. A great thing about Rally O Novice is, if you or your dog makes an error at a station, you're allowed to immediately re-try that station; you'll lose points but you won't fail. You are allowed three re tries in Novice.

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About Rally Obediance

.The titles offered at each level are Rally Novice (RN), Rally Advanced (RA), and Rally Excellent (RE). Each one is earned by earning three qualifying scores (legs) at three obedience trials

In Rally O Novice the dog is on leash and there are 10 to 15 stations,

In Rally O advanced dogs are judged off leash, and the title is RA

Rally 0 Excellent is the highest class for dogs who have earned their advanced title. There are two jumps in the advanced class.

There are three books that I highly recommend and they are shown further down the page.

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Can unregistered dogs compete in Rally O

If you have a non purebred dog you can compete in Rally O.

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) holds competitions.

In Canada CARO holds trials for all dogs.

If you scroll down there are links to CARO and APDT web sites

A book I highly recommend

Having a book on hand while practicing is a valuable tool in training for Rally O

Rally On (Training Manual for Rally Obedience)
Rally On (Training Manual for Rally Obedience)

Another hand picked book , This book is very descriptive easy to understand and will have the answeres to all your Rally questions

 
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Rally 0 Novice course

What exercises are in a Rally Novice trial? This description is from the CKC rule book.

Rally Novice A

9.1.1 Dogs competing in this class may not have won a

CKC Rally Novice (R. N.) title or any CKC Novice

Obedience title. The handler of any dog in this class

must be the owner, co-owner, or a member of their

immediate families. A person may enter more than

one dog in this class.

The following exercises may be used in Novice classes

1. START

Indicates the beginning of the course

2. FINISH

Indicates the end of the course - timing

stops

3. HALT - Sit

While heeling, the handler halts and the

dog comes to a sit in heel position.The

team then moves forward toward the

next exercise sign (station), with the dog

in heel position. (Stationary exercise

4. HALT - Sit - Down

While heeling, the handler halts and

the dog comes to a sit in heel position.

The handler then commands

the dog to down, followed by the

command to heel forward from the

down position. (Stationary exercise

5. * Right Turn

Performed as a 90º turn to the right,

as in traditional obedience.

6. * Left Turn

Performed as a 90º turn to the left, as

in traditional obedience.

7. *About Turn - Right

While heeling, the team makes a 180º

about turn to the handler's right

8. * About "U" Turn

While heeling, the team makes a 180º

about turn to the handler's left.

9. * 270° Right Turn

While heeling, the team makes a 270º

turn to the handler's right. 270° turns

are performed as a tight circle, but not

around the exercise sign

10. * 270° Left Turn

While heeling, the team makes a 270º

turn to the handler's left. 270º turns

are performed as a tight circle, but not

around the exercise sign.

11. 360° Right Turn

While heeling, the team makes a 360º

turn to the handler's right. 360º turns

are performed as a tight circle, but not

around the exercise sign.

12. 360° Left Turn

While heeling, the team makes a 360º

turn to the handler's left. 360º turns

are performed as a tight circle, but not

around the exercise sign.

13. Call Front

Finish Right - Forward

While heeling, the handler stops forward

motion and calls the dog to the

front position (dog sits in front and

faces the handler). The handler may

take several steps backward as the dog

turns and moves to sit in the front position.

The second part of the exercise

directs the handler to move forward

while commanding the dog to change

from the front position to the handler's

right, around behind the handler and

to heel position, as the handler continues

forward.The dog does not sit before

moving forward in heel position with

the handler. (Stationary exercise

14. Call Front

Finish Left - Forward

While heeling, the handler stops forward

motion and calls the dog to the

front position (dog sits in front and

faces the handler). The handler may

take several steps backward as the dog

turns and moves to sit in the front position.

The second part of the exercise

directs the handler to move forward

while commanding the dog to change

from the front position to the handler's

left and moving to heel position, as the

handler continues forward. The dog

does not sit before moving forward in

heel position with the handler. (Stationary

exercise)

15. Call Front

Finish Right - HALT

While heeling, the handler stops forward

motion and calls the dog to the

front position (dog sits in front and

faces the handler). The handler may

take several steps backward as the dog

turns and moves to sit in the front position.

The second part is the finish to the

right, where the dog must return to heel

position by moving around the right

side of the handler. Dog must sit in heel

position before moving forward with

the handler. (Stationary exercise

16. Call Front

Finish Left - HALT

While heeling, the handler stops forward

motion and calls the dog to the

front position (dog sits in front and

faces the handler). The handler may

take several steps backward as the dog

turns and moves to a sit in the front

position. The second part is the finish

to the left, where the dog must move to

the handler's left and sit in heel position.

Dog must sit in heel position

before moving forward in heel position

with the handler. (Stationary exercise)

17. * Slow Pace

Dog and handler must slow down

noticeably. This must be followed by a

normal pace, unless it is the last station

in the class.

18. * Fast Pace

Dog and handler must speed up

noticeably.This must be followed by a

normal pace, unless it is the last station

in the class.

19. * Normal Pace

Dog and handler must move forward,

walking briskly and naturally.

20. Moving Sidestep Right

While heeling, the handler takes one

step diagonally to the right and continues

moving forward along the newly

established line. The dog maintains

heel position.The exercise may be performed

just past the exercise sign

21. Spiral Right - Dog Outside

This exercise requires three pylons or

posts placed in a straight line with

spaces between them of approximately

6 - 8 feet. Spiral Right indicates the handler

must turn to the right when

moving around each pylon or post.This

places the dog on the outside of the turns

(See 1A and 1B). The exercise sign is

placed near or on the first pylon or post

where the spiral is started.

(The approach, spiral patterns and exit

directions are illustrated on the course

map with arrows indicating the path of

the team.)

22. Spiral Left - Dog Inside

This exercise requires three pylons or

posts placed in a straight line with

spaces between them of approximately

6 - 8 feet. Spiral Left indicates that

the handler must turn to the left when

moving around each pylon or post.

This places the dog on the inside of the

turns (See 2). The exercise sign is

placed near or on the first pylon or

post where the spiral is started.

(The approach, spiral patterns and exit

directions are illustrated on the course

map with arrows indicating the path of

the team.)

23. Straight Figure 8 - Weave Twice

This exercise requires four obstacles

(pylons, posts or people) placed in a

straight line with spaces between them

of approximately 6 - 8 feet. The exercise

sign is placed near or on the first

obstacle where the exercise is started.

Entry into the weaving pattern is with

the first obstacle at the dog/handler's

left side.The dog and handler circle the

end obstacle and return, weaving once

in each direction.

24. Serpentine - Weave Once

This exercise requires four obstacles

(pylons, posts or people) placed in a

straight line with spaces between them

of approximately 6 - 8 feet. The exercise

sign is placed near or on the first

obstacle where the exercise is started.

Entry into the weaving pattern is with

the first obstacle at the dog/handler's

left side. NOTE: In this exercise, the

team does not return as they do in the

Straight Figure 8 but weaves in one

direction only.

25. HALT - 1, 2, 3 Steps Forward

The team halts with the dog sitting in

heel position to begin the exercise.

The handler takes one step forward,

with the dog maintaining heel position,

and halts. The dog sits when the

handler halts. This is followed by two

steps forward - halt, and three steps

forward - halt, with the dog heeling

each time the handler moves forward,

and sitting each time the handler

halts. (Stationary exercise)

26. Call Front

1, 2, 3 Steps Backward

While heeling, the handler stops forward

motion and calls the dog to the

front position (dog sits in front and

faces the handler). The handler may

take several steps backward as the dog

turns and moves to a sit in the front

position. With the dog in the front

position, the handler takes one step

backward and halts. The dog moves

with the handler and sits in the front

position as the handler halts. This is

followed by the handler taking twosteps backward and a halt, and three

steps backward and a halt. Each time,

the dog moves with the handler to the

front position and sits as the handler

halts.The handler then commands the

dog to resume heel position as the

team moves forward toward the next

station. (Stationary exercise)

27. Moving Down - Forward

While moving with the dog in heel

position, the handler commands the

dog to drop to a down position, as the

handler pauses next to the dog. Once

the dog is completely in the down

position, the handler moves forward

commanding the dog to heel from the

down position. (Stationary exercise)

28.HALT - Fast Forward From Sit

With the dog sitting in heel position,

the handler commands the dog to heel

and immediately moves forward at a

fast pace. This must be followed by a

normal pace, unless it is the last station

in the class. (Stationary exercise)

29. Left About Turn

While moving with the dog in heel

position, the handler makes an about

turn to the left, while at the same time,

the dog must move around the handler

to the right and to heel position. The

dog does not sit before moving forward

in heel position with the handler.

30. HALT -Walk Around Dog

With the dog sitting in heel position,

the handler commands the dog to

stay, then proceeds to walk around the

dog to the left, returning to heel position.

The handler must pause in heel

position before moving forward to the

next station. (Stationary exercise)

31. HALT - Down

Walk Around Dog

With dog sitting in heel position, the

handler commands the dog to down

and to stay, then proceeds to walk

around the dog to the left, returning to

heel position.The handler must pause

in heel position before moving forward

to the next station.The dog heels

forward from the down position.

(Stationary exercise

This is the book to have if you are going to try Rally O

I have several Rally O books and this one is another one I recommend .

The Ultimate Guide to Rally-O: Rules, Strategies, and Skills for Successful Rally Obedience Competition
The Ultimate Guide to Rally-O: Rules, Strategies, and Skills for Successful Rally Obedience Competition

This is the only book you will need , It has all the information and instructions you will need to take on Rally O

 
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Ijust had to throw in a picture of one of my mastiffs

What will you need to practice Rally O

I have searched and found for you sign holder s for your Rally O signs these work great.

If you do not want to spend the money on an upright sign holder, I used to put my printed signs into those plastic paper protester sleeves. This works great because you can store them in a binder when not being used. Check out the rally O sign holders below as well as some fun Rally O gift ideas

Agreat Rally O video

Links To APDT and CARO - Also links to the Canadain kennel clug and AKC rallyO sites

These two organizations hold Rally O trials for unregistered , non purbred dogs as well as purbred dogs.

Rally O is truly for all dogs.

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