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Old 02-22-2017, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Obedience training

I have started training for rally obedience with Maggie and she picked it up really quick as far as basics go. Not sure what to expect so I need some help. What does she need to know? What do I need to know?



Maggie after a long day of practice. (She loves every minute especially jumping and retrieving.)
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Old 02-22-2017, 02:14 PM
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Rally is awesome!! That's what I enjoyed most with my boy. To be honest, most mistakes in rally are made by the handler not reading the sign correctly or forgetting the route of the course. Pretty much read the sign and go. One of the "more difficult" tasks is heeling backwards, but you won't have to worry about that one for abit. What does she know now? Heel including through turns, sit, down? Are you working with a group or on your own?


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Rally is awesome!! That's what I enjoyed most with my boy. To be honest, most mistakes in rally are made by the handler not reading the sign correctly or forgetting the route of the course. Pretty much read the sign and go. One of the "more difficult" tasks is heeling backwards, but you won't have to worry about that one for abit. What does she know now? Heel including through turns, sit, down? Are you working with a group or on your own?


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So far she knows sit, down, come, down stay, sit stay, and she will jump a hurdle on command but we are still working on the retrieving part so for now we just have fun with it. And I do work with an obedience trainer once a week but mostly we practice by our selves.
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Sounds good. You can get away with quite abit in rally. Has your dog ever been to a show before?


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Whether you do WCRL Rally or AKC Rally, there is no jumping or retrieving in Level 1 or Rally Novice.

Focus on fronts, right finish (around behind you), left finish, sit walk around, down walk around ect. You can find the signs on either organization's website.

If you want to do traditional obedience you still start in novice and still no jumping or retrieving. You would set up two cones to practice the figure 8 pattern, practice having her sit and stay while you go face her at the end of the leash. This would be preparation for the sit for exam if you do BN

Or same exercise at a stand stay for Novice. Traditional novice has group stays so you need a class to practice with, or you can do preferred novice with no group exercises.

Your best bet is to find a class to practice with, either a local kennel club or a local dog training org that has obedience classes.

Then you need to proof your work in strange places with strange people, dogs, ect. Because a trial is not like working in your backyard.
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Sounds good. You can get away with quite abit in rally. Has your dog ever been to a show before?


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No not yet. How do I find shows and competitions in my area?
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The AKC website has an event finder and you can select which sport you are looking for.

WCRL Rally has an event schedule on their website.

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If it AKC rally you're looking at then http://www.akc.org/events/rally/ hope this comes through right. Also shows are a lot for your dog to take in. I would recommend going to one before entering and even then count your first entry or two as training. Your dog may have a hard time adjusting to the level of distractions at the event, so don't expect 1st place or even getting your leg in your first couple events. Just remember it's all about having fun, so make sure that's always what you do.


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If it AKC rally you're looking at then Rally - American Kennel Club hope this comes through right. Also shows are a lot for your dog to take in. I would recommend going to one before entering and even then count your first entry or two as training. Your dog may have a hard time adjusting to the level of distractions at the event, so don't expect 1st place or even getting your leg in your first couple events. Just remember it's all about having fun, so make sure that's always what you do.


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We are having fun. And I don't expect 1st place on our first time out. I will probably go watch one like you said, it sounds fun. Sunday I took her to the beach to train so that she would get used to the noise, people, dogs, and new smells and she did surprisingly well. She acted like we were the only ones there! And she had never been to the beach before. I am proud of my girl!

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I talked to the obedience trainer yesterday and he said a rally competition is a good idea so I went to akc and they are holding one near my area March 18 which gives us about a month to practice if I decide to do it. What do you guys think? Trainer says that he thinks she can do it. I asked Maggie what she thought of it... lol
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