It is fun for me, fun for the dogs, the people are good sports and not snotty or scornful of people who are new or in different venues. Mostly they help each other out, and have a good time. Not too precise, not too serious, not too upset if we do not get the blue.
I have heard of people kicking their dogs in schutzhund trials, and I have watched a person severely punishing a dog in an obedience trial -- nothing is worth that in my opinion. Whether my dog takes blue, red, yellow, white, green or even an NQ, when we come out of the ring, I am praising the dog and happy.
I have been to too many obedience/rally trials to see a huge change in personality between the two. I have been in both rings and qualified, earned titles, and taken first place in both. I prefer Rally. There are more dogs, and the people are more human -- I like their attitudes.
I have played with sheep, and trained a few in agility, and will probably do tracking some time soon, maybe with Bear -- she has a NOSE. But I LIKE Rally. To me it is my entry with the dog. Once a get a Rally title and a CGC, then I can go on in Rally or go over to obedience -- yuck, or try agility (not to trial, too slow), I have dabbled in conformation too. Whatever I do, I want it to be fun for dog and owner.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC