Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Texas Gulf Coast
Obedience, especially AKC, is very formal, there is a lot of emphasis on precision, and you are dinged (sometimes to the point of an NQ) for extra cues. In rally, you can have unlimited communication with your dog, and there isn't as much emphasis on precision. For example, something like a slightly crooked sit that would be a half point deduction in AKC obedience isn't considered scorable in AKC rally. In AKC obedience, you can use one cue to begin heeling, and your dog needs to automatically sit whenever you stop moving. In rally, you can tell your dog that they are doing a great job as you heel between stations, and cue a sit when a station calls for a sit on a halt.
Also, obedience is the same old same old, every. single. time. you go in the ring. Sure, you might get a judge using an interesting heeling pattern, like a diagonal, but you still know exactly what you are going to be doing every time you step into the ring. Rally courses are almost always different from day to day and judge to judge.
Lily: ETD PKD-T ADP-L5/CH ADP-L1(Pr) CNSD
Leo: U-CA ETD PKD-T D-CRO-Preliminary S-ADP-L5/CH S-ADP-L1(Pr) S-ADP-L2(Pr) CNSD
Ilka: BN RE CA CGC TKP ETD PKD-T CRO-1 NCO-1 S-ADP-L4 D-CRO-Preliminary (2009-2017) RIP