Rally Obedience, or "Rally-O", was invented by Charles (Bud) Kramer of the USA and has spread to countries all around the world. Rally-O trials officially started in 2012 in Australia and our club has trials throughout the year. Rally-O practice will be offered every second Tuesday night of the month from 8.00pm-9.00pm, so stick around after class and have a go. BUT – if you wish to compete the dog needs to be at a standard where he can heel on a loose lead, sit automatically and stand/drop on command!! So make sure you practice not only in class but at home too.


sirwalkaroundGreat Introduction to Obedience

Rally-O is a wonderful introduction to the sport of obedience for dogs and owners, an opportunity for veteran dogs to remain active, and a chance for shy or anti-social dogs to get ring experience without worrying about being examined by a judge.




No marching around in silence

Many dogs enjoy this change from the usual silent heeling of traditional obedience as their handlers can clap hands, talk, whistle (even sing!) to them throughout the entire course without penalty. Those who participate in agility trials will recognize the pre-class "walk-throughs" and the challenge of working with their dog partners in an almost dance-like flow from one station to another.

Rally-O combines characteristics of sports car racing, dog agility, and traditional obedience into a new fun sport.



rightturnFeatures of Rally-O

* each dog and handler, known as a team, is timed
• includes 12-20 stations depending on the level of participation, and
• is scored by a judge who watches for a smooth performance as well as skill in following the directions at each station.





Levels of difficulty:

* Novice with on-leash exercises that demonstrate the dog's understanding of basic commands such as sit, stay, down, come and heel position;
* Advanced a set of exercises performed off-leash that includes at least one jump; and
* Excellent a more difficult off-leash course that includes at least one jump and demonstrates more precise skill and coordination between the dog and handler.





What is the link with Agility

* Courses are designed by the judge and are different in every trial.
* Exhibitors receive a course map from the judge and can walk the course without their dogs prior to the start of the class.
* Judges design their courses by choosing from many exercises that are put together that direct handlers and dogs to perform specific exercises in a specific order.




Signs describe what you must do

* A sign at each station gives instructions to the dog and handler.
* Each team must execute the station's particular task within two-to-four feet of the sign.
* Once the judge gives the command "forward," the dog and handler complete the course on their own without further commands from the judge.
* Handlers may not use treats or toys in the ring, but may do anything else to encourage their dogs at the novice and advanced levels except physically touch them or make corrections with the leash.
* Encouragement is allowed at the excellent level but handlers cannot pat their legs or clap their hands as they can in novice and advanced classes.



pivotleftTypes of Signs

Signs instruct teams to do, for example :-
* go fast or
* go slow,
* to halt (dog must sit at heel),
* to make turns and circles,
* to reverse direction,
* to do a sit-stay-recall,
* or to follow other basic obedience exercises.




* Each team has a starting score of 100 or 200 points, depending on the level.
* Points are deducted for such faults as missed or incompletely performed stations, touching the dog, leash corrections, etc. The dog has to heel on loose lead, sit automatically and drop & stand on command!
* Team are ranked from the highest to the lowest score (i.e., fewest number of faults wins first place)
* If two teams achieve the same score, the judge determines the placements according to the time recorded for each team's course completion.


callfrontHow do I get involved?

The Club will hold Rally-O practice the second and fourth on Tuesday nights from 8.00pm-9.00pm, PLUS second and fourth Thursday nights from 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to stay and have a go. The cost is included in normal Tuesday night’s fees and is FREE on Thursday.




leftturnWhat do I do if I want to compete?

All dogs regardless of breed can compete in obedience, agility, tracking and endurance, but you need to join Dogs Queensland (CCCQ). There is a combined joining fee plus annual fee to pay for either single or joint membership, visit their website www.dogsqueensland.org.au for all the info you need to join.




Once that is done and you receive your annual membership card you can compete in any trial in Australia and gain titles and even championships in these fields – but the main thing is to enjoy being active with your dog.

Check out the Photo Gallery for some images on this event.


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