|Rally is a
sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been
designed by the rally judge. The judge tells the handler to begin, and
the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of
designated stations (10 - 20, depending on the level). Each of these
stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that
is to be performed. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience.
The three levels of competition in AKC Rally:
Novice - this is the first level for those just getting started
exercises are performed with the dog on leash.
- There is a
requirement of 10-15 stations to complete with no more than five
exercises performed vary from turning 360 degrees to changing paces
during the course.
Exhibitors at this level may clap their hands, pat their legs, and
talk to their
dogs through the course.
Advanced – this is the second level, which includes more
difficult exercises throughout the course.
All exercises are
There is a
requirement of 12-17 stations with no more than seven stationary
Exercises include a
jump as well as calling your dog to the front of you instead of to a
Excellent - this third and highest level of AKC Rally is the most
Exercises are performed off-leash except for the honor exercise.
- There is a
requirement of 15 to 20 stations, with no more than 7 stationary
Handlers are only allowed to encourage their dogs verbally. Physical
encouragement is not allowed at this level.
Excellent-level exercises include backing up three steps, while the
stays in the heel position .
classes available at this time.