Rally involves you and your dog working as a team to navigate a course which is set by the trainer with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform; think of it as a sort of ‘obedience exercise obstacle course’ including simple exercises.
Unlike regular obedience, instead of waiting for the trainers orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course.
There is no pause between exercises – you and your dog work through the course without direction from the trainer. You are encouraged to talk to and praise your dog during the performance.
Any dog can get involved and will be a happier pet for being trained.