Do you want to build a stronger relationship with your dog? Do you have a dog that needs something to do? Do you have an old dog you want to continue to compete with or a young dog just learning what obedience is all about? Are you an experienced handler or a novice handler? Do you have a dog currently competing in traditional obedience, who has lost interest and focus? Do you want a fun evening out with a dog you love? If so, Rally may be the sport for you and your dog.
Join the Rally class to have fun…
Join the Rally class to have fun, sharpen obedience skills, learn new Rally skills, and to renew/strengthen your relationship with your canine partner. Rally is a sport in which dog and handler teams complete a course of designated stations. Each station has a sign providing instructions regarding a skill or set of skills to be performed. Communication with the dog is encouraged and handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, clap their hands, pat their legs, and use multiple voice and hand signals. Handlers will be penalized for physical corrections, using loud or harsh commands or making intimidating signals.
The Basic Skills…
The basic skills to complete each exercise (sign) will be taught in each class. These skills will serve as a foundation to develop additional skills. While working on the different skills various tricks and games will be included.
- Novice/Intermediate Class: introduces the thirty-one (31) signs and skills used in Novice Rally and the 13 of the 14 signs used in Rally Advanced, along with an opportunity to practice each skill. Dogs must be at least 5 months of age. This class is suitable for all dogs five months or older and handlers. There are no requirements for this class.
- Advanced Class: fine tunes the novice skills using course work and introduce the fourteen (14) new signs and skills needed for Advanced Rally. Dogs and handlers should have competed the Novice class or have earned at least one Rally Novice leg. Dogs will be working off leash.
- Excellent: fine tunes the advanced skills using course work and will introduce and fine tune the five (5) additional skills needed for Excellent Rally, along with course work. Dogs and handlers should have competed the Advanced class or have earned at least one Rally Advanced leg. Dogs will be working off leash.
For more information:
Schedule: There are currently no Rally Classes scheduled.
All MD regulations for COVID-19 will be followed to keep everyone safe.
Location: Washington County Ag. Ed. Center, Rt 65 Sharpsburg Pike. Classes are either outside in a totally fenced in area or in a climate controlled building with full matting.
All are welcome to come and give it a try: Old, Young, Trained and Untrained! All Breeds Including Mixed Breeds are Welcomed