What is Rally?
Rally Obedience (affectionately known as Rally-O or just Rally) is a fun and competitive dog sport; essentially, a less formal version of Obedience Trialling. In Rally-O, handlers and their dogs heel around a course made up of signs. Each sign asks the handler/dog team to complete an activity, such as weaving between cones, spinning, turns and position changes. The signs also ask teams to complete the course at a variety of paces. Unlike formal obedience, handlers can talk to their dogs to help keep their focus, making it a great sport for those thinking of dabbling in trialling.
Rally-O promotes a positive relationship between the dog and its handler, and is a great way for the beginner to start trialling with their dog. Rally O was designed as a way to introduce people to the world of dog sports and is accessible for everyone, whether they are seasoned triallers or not, to simply just have fun with their dog. Rally-O provides an environment where the handler can encourage their dog by talking and rewarding by voice, but not handling the dog in any way.
Is my dog suitable?
After completing CDC’s Behaviour Training classes, you have the option to join one of the many sports we offer at the club.
Any dog can take part in Rally-O, it’s the perfect event for those who want to try something fun, whilst developing their obedience skills.
When are classes held?
Rally-O classes are aligned with the Behaviour Training terms and are held Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00am and Thursday 6:45 – 7:45pm
How do I get involved?
To join you will need to be a member of the club. For more information on getting started with Rally-O please email our office.
In order to compete in trials, you will need to join your state canine control body (Dogs ACT or Dogs NSW), and register your dog with them. Any dog can be registered for obedience trials: your dog’s parents, and whether he/she is purebred or not, doesn’t matter.
Visit the ANKC website for rules and regulations for participating in obedience trials. Trial dates and schedules can be found on our calendar or your state canine control body.