I have Gypsy in basic OB right now and she is killing it, even with her leash reactivity issues. Our trainer thinks she needs more of a challenge. There is a Rally class coming up in November that would dovetail with the end of our OB class. I don't know the trainer's experience in Rally. I took her agility class for reactive dogs and got the impression that she is very smart and talented but also young and inexperienced. Two things I am concerned about
: the indoor venue is kind of small, and the trainer has a zero tolerance policy for barking/lunging. I haven't had any trouble with Gypsy in basic, but I think she would react if another dog was staring her down from six feet away.
The other option I have is to take private lessons with our current trainer (who I love) and then take Rally with the AKC training club in January. This would probably be easier on Gypsy, although I've never been to the AKC club.
Will a Rally class likely be different with a training club vs. a trainer who basically has her own "brand" and is working apart from the show community? This is all totally new to me. I've never done a dog sport and don't know what the advantages would be to join a club.
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