What is Rally?
In Rally, handlers and dogs navigate a signposted course performing different manoeuvres such as moving and static turns, position changes (such as sit, drop and stand), side switches, stays, spins, short recalls and changes of pace. Unlike Obedience Trialling, handlers can praise and encourage their dogs while negotiating the course, making it a great introduction for members thinking of progressing to the more formal requirements of Obedience Trialling.
Courses vary in length from 10-24 signposted stations, with the number of stations and complexity of manoeuvres increasing as you progress through the Novice, Advanced. Excellent and Masters levels. Novice is performed on lead while the higher levels are performed off-lead and smooth and precise heelwork is required at all levels.
Am I eligible to participate?
You and your dog must satisfactorily complete Level 2 (Consolidation) in the Club’s Behaviour Training program to start Rally unless you have had prior experience in the sport. New handlers participate in an entry-level Skills class before progressing to more advanced levels. Rally also provides a low impact alternative for dogs that are unable to execute some of the more strenuous jumping exercises in the higher levels of Obedience Trialling.
What is involved in competing?
Rally is a Dogs Australia sanctioned sport and you and your dog must be registered with the relevant state body (eg Dogs ACT or Dogs NSW depending on your place of residence) in order to enter a Rally trial.
The entry level for trialling is ‘Novice’ and your instructor can help you decide when you are ready to trial and how to enter a trial. Visit the Dogs Australia website for the rules for competing in Rally. The Club and other local and regional training clubs host Rally trials several times a year. See our calendar for dates.