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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-10-2016, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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First time rally

My trainer told me yesterday that Ziva is ready for her first rally outing in Aug. Nervous and excited at the same time. Any tips and tricks to polish and make sure she and I are both ready to go??
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take her to busy places that she has never been and work on keeping her focused and intent on you.
For in the actual ring, remember to talk to your dog.
And, most importantly, don't forget to breathe!
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If your dog is ready then the rest is up to you, make sure you know your signs, stand up straight and move at a good pace. I see people brain fart on a sign, slow down and then the dog may lose focus. Don't get worked up, try and relax.
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Memorizing the signs so you can go confidently through the course.Your dog will follow your lead.Practice without your dog so the exercises are in your "muscle memory".Keep the leash loose!Have fun!The folks that compete in Rally tend to be very supportive and friendly.
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and actually read the signs! lol better to take your time and read and know what is to do. Many people lose their dogs focus because they are so intent on themselves and the signs that they seem to forget that the dog is there.
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First Rally coming up in 3 days. Getting excited and nervous! Just got done working out the front trying to polish a few skills. I think we're ready!
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First Rally coming up in 3 days. Getting excited and nervous! Just got done working out the front trying to polish a few skills. I think we're ready!
Best of luck to you!Looking forward to hearing all about it in a few days!

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You can do it, try to relax and have fun with it.
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Run thrus really helped us. And yeah, slow down and read the signs. People are super nice. It is a lot of fun!
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Well, day 1 and first show/rally trial is in the books. Started off extremely stressed (both she and I). While we've trained in some very high distraction areas where she eventually did fine, today, she would NOT pay attention to me for anything. Once in the ring, she did ok, except our nemesis.....stop and down. Had to redo the exercise. But, we placed 4th and knocked down our first qualifying leg. All the judges were floored that she was only 7 months old and that for her age, she did great.
Now some rest, hopefully a good night sleep, then on to day 2 tomorrow.
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