Rally can be a lot of fun. Be sure to go to a number of trials just to see what goes on. You need a minimum score to pas. You will need a perfect score and low elapsed time to win. Often as many as a third of the field will have perfect scores so the winner is determined by low elapsed time.
You should get a full set of card or signs. Some of the signs are a bit confusing so classes will help here. Most trials will have a map of the course so grab a few so you can set up practice courses.
The classes that Iíve been to basically are run throughs. You get some help when you screw up. I would prefer especially for beginners that each sign be taught. You can approach many signs from other signs so it would be helpful to teach this in classes so you have a better understanding of getting from one sign to another. A really good class would show you how to handle and train to get get from one sign to another quickly. A GSD has a long stride so learning change of pace will be important as well as very good heeling. The dog is big and he is going to have to watch you intently all the time. You canít knock signs over.
Do your basic obedience training first then add the Rally stuff. Advanced Rally is tougher than it looks and a big dog seems to be at a disadvantage to medium sized dogs.
This last year I went to several trials and in each I saw instructors fail due to handler errors. Funny. I expected to see them all in the perfect score group.
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