is a performance event sponsored by the American Kennel Club for
which a dog can earn a title. Rally obedience is a cross between
obedience and agility competition and is a great way to get your
dog started on both. Rally O consists of a ring with various stations
set up by a judge; at each station is a sign that denotes the exercise
to be completed. The dog and their person must complete the assigned
task before moving on to the next station in a specific order.
As in obedience
there are several levels of competition in rally obedience. The
first title that can be acquired is the RN, rally novice title,
which is set up much like novice obedience. As in obedience there
is novice A title for handlers and dogs that have never earned a
title in rally or obedience and a novice B title for those handlers
and or dogs that have gotten titles in either rally or obedience
at one time or another.
the novice classes only the first 31 signs listed on the AKA website
may be used. They can be in any order the judge decides and there
can be as many as 15 different stations, or signs, in the ring at
The second stage
is advanced rally and the third stage is rally excellent. Once past
novice the competition is done completely off leash. As the dog
advances through its titles the ring patterns becomes more difficult
and signs from 1-50 may be used in the layout. Jumps are used in
the more advanced rally rings, and more complex tasks are required
novice rally you are to encourage your dog as much as possible by
talking to them, patting your leg, and telling the animal what a
good dog they are. This makes rally competition a lot of fun for
both you and the dog and is a good way to prepare for the obedience
ring and for agility. You can obtain the information about rally
obedience competition by going to the American Kennel Club website.
The rule book and signs are there so you can download them and get
all the information you need.