I do both.
I am better at rally because I have trouble hearing, especially in auditoriums. I can make out what you are saying if I am looking at you, but taking commands from a judge when I am walking away from him is hard.
Rally is fun and I don't need the judge to tell me anything. It is all spelled out for me.
I have put CDs on multiple dogs, and I have put rally titles on more dogs. From a training point of view, I think obedience is easier. If you train the dog to heel, and to sit when you stop, there are just a few more commands, that you must train, and voila the dog is titled. In training classes we train the sit stay and the down stay with other dogs, in rally there is no use for this, in obedience it is one of the tests. Some people have trouble with this, and some people are wary of having their dog attacked.
When I started doing obedience it was rare that a dog attacked during the stays. I think that when the host of Rally newcomers graduated to obedience, there dogs weren't ready and they took them anyway, and dogs that did not belong at a show yet, were in a position to make bad mistakes. That's too bad.
I think too many obedience people look at Rally as people who are not serious about training, kind of like a red-headed step brother -- we know he is there, but we don't talk about him, and amongst our friends and relatives, we turn up our noses, so no one lumps us in with that crowd. And that is unfortunate.
I think some of what is encouraged in rally grates on the nerves of obedience people -- multiple commands and constant talking and praising the dog. What really happens is that it makes it more difficult to train the dog. Those are things serious trainers already know to avoid and watching it from the sidelines makes you want to go in there and slap the owner. And watching some lady bent over with a fake cookie the entire time luring the dog, you feel that dog shouldn't get a placement, that dog shouldn't even be here yet.
So, I mean, I see both sides. The obedience people don't want to waste their time on Rally people because they aren't here for the long haul and they do not seem serious. On the other hand, the rally people are having fun with their dogs, and their dogs are being trained, moreso than what basic obedience training classes will give you. It does promote a relationship with the dog. It has a lot of merit really.
The CD tends to hold more weight than the RN, but the people getting their RN have trained their dogs, entered them, paid, and their dogs have to be able to manage in the environment.
The other thing is precision. Obedience is more precise, or so they say. But no one asks you if you passed with a 170 or a 198. So they scratched half a point here or there for crooked sits, and a few points for getting out of position on the heeling. I am shocked at what actually passes in the obedience ring. A CD is a CD, whether you got 3 blue ribbons, or 3 green ribbons. And when the obedience people turn up their noses at the rally people for what qualifies in Rally, you can say the same out obedience. Only those who are competing against themselves, their score, are actually getting satisfaction.
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