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Rally is a stepping stone into the world of obedience or agility. Originally called “doodling”, rally exercises have been used for over 30 years by obedience enthusiasts to train a more attentive and responsive obedience dog. Rally as a separate AKC event has grown in popularity and helped create better dog-handler relationships.
Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace. 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, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged. Perfection is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and the handler.
Any dog 6months or older, purebred or mixed breed registered with AKC may participate.
ICCKC holds 2 standalone, 2-day Obedience/Rally trials each year, one in the first weekend of March, the second in the 1st weekend of November.
These are popular trials with only one ring, making it a quieter venue, and limited entries, so these trials tend to fill very quickly.