Man, I hate rally. It's for people that can't do obedience. It's sort of the joke in the obedience world. If all you want to do is play around with your dog without having to do much real training, then that's the way to go. If you want to have a well trained dog that is reliable every day outside of training, then go for real obedience titles.
Elaine, are you going through a rough time or something?
I have Rally titles and I have obedience titles. I am losing my hearing and for Rally, I don't need to hear. But evenso, I prefer Rally.
The first dog I put through obedience, got a red and two white ribbons on her RN, and three blue ribbons for her CD, with NO EXTRA TRAINING.
So, I just don't agree with you that Rally is a joke.
I do agree that obedience people like you, (see bolded), tend to be snooty towards the Rally people, they make idiotic statements to them at shows, tell them to crate their perfectly behaved dogs, practice in front of the rally rings where dogs are working, rather than in front of their own obedience rings where they don't want to mess up the dogs. Their dogs run out of the rings, and attack dogs on the long sits or downs on occasion. And they say things about how bad the Rally dogs are. If you ask them a question about anything, like where they are in the judge, they look at you like you are a bit of poo on their shoe.
The Rally people are fun and helpful to everyone, they are free with advice, and they, in generally are very accomodating when you need to go first or last so you can get your dog through the obedience ring at the same time. There is some fun competitiveness, but most are happy to get a green ribbon and the other colors are just a bonus.
Obedience is a lot easier in some ways. It is always the same, the judge tells you what you are going to do and you listen for the pattern, but everything is really the same, in the same order. I have heard people who have done obedience for years, have trouble with Rally because it is different every time, and they have to go in order, etc. It is not hard if you do the walk through first, and the more times the better, but there are a lot more possibilities on what you might be facing in each leg. Where obedience will be exactly the same.
ETA: As for having a well-trained dog, all of my rally dogs, after getting their titles at about a year of age, I can do nothing with them for months, even years, Ninja -- no training for three years, and she was perfect when I took her out, her obedience was perfect, good with dogs, perfect at the vet, no problems. That is how they all are when I take them out. And I am not out there training ALL OF THEM, all the time. Training is what you put into it, not what you get for it.