So, What is Rally?
AKC Rally offers both the dogs and the handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition.
A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations (signs) laid out in a rectangular area enclosed by fencing. Communication between the handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of rally at all times and under all conditions.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
If you want to compete for a AKC Rally Title for your dog, the dog must be:
- Registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC)
- Listed with the AKC Purebred Alternative Listing/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP) Program
- Listed with the AKC Canine Partners Program
- 6 months of age or older
AKC Canine Partners Program
The AKC Canine Partners program is for anyone who has a dog they want to enter AKC events with. This program allows mixed-breed dogs or dogs ineligible for AKC registration to compete in AKC events such as obedience, rally, and agility. The dogs must be spayed or neutered in order to compete. For more information about the AKC Canine Partners program you can visit the AKC Canine Partners homepage or if you have any questions you can email email@example.com
Now that you know what Rally is, why don't you sign up for a Rally Class and start having fun!
All classes are taught indoors by very experienced Club Member Volunteers. Unlike agility, there is no running required for either the handler or the dog so everyone can do it. At the end of the class you should be ready to compete in AKC Rally Novice events.
Pre-Requisite: Dog must have completed basic obedience training
Age: Over 6 months old
Requirements: Show proof of current vaccinations
Length of Course: 1-hour classes for 6 weeks
Location: Classes are held at Ursuline Centre Gymnasium
2018/2019 training year no scheduled dates at this time.
If you are interested in signing up for a Rally Class contact Marie Gamradt, our Training Director.