An exciting competitive event open to all dogs: purebred, mixed breed and rescue dogs of all types and ages. All dogs can benefit from the training and fun of Rally Obedience!
Rally Obedience is a fun, fast-paced demonstration of a dog and handler’s ability to perform basic obedience exercises, as well as offering an opportunity to showcase teamwork between you and your dog.
Teams follow a course of signs in a ring which indicate an obedience routine based on their skill level.
AKC has made this a titling sport for dogs. A manual from AKC can be purchased that explains all the signs and how they are to be performed for judging. Handler and dog enter the ring with 200 points. At a brisk walk, handler and dog follow the numbered course, reading the sign and performing the correct movement. Level 1 is all done on loose leash. Requirements are not as strict as in the traditional obedience competition. Level 2 and 3 are done off leash and have more complicated movements to be performed. Dog and handler are timed while on course. Time is used as a tie breaker. Three qualifying runs are necessary to be awarded a title.
UKC has a rally obedience sport similar to AKC. Level 1 is on leash and with a loose leash. A manual can be purchased from UKC for explanation of the signs. Handler and dog enter the ring with 100 points. Points are deducted for failure to perform the correct interpretation of the sign. Level 2 and 3 are done off leash and have more complicated movements. Dog and handler are timed while on course. Time is used as a tie breaker. Three qualifying runs are necessary to be awarded a title.