Rally obedience (also known as Rally or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience. In Rally-O (the “O” is for obedience), the handler and dog work their way around a signposted course demonstrating different manoeuvres such as body positions, moving turns, pivots, side-steps, jumps and distance commands. The chief objective of Rally is to provide a fast-moving and motivational sport for both the handler and the dog.
Rally obedience courses are built from a set list of stations, and courses can be between 10 to 20 station in length. Each station includes a sign which instructs the team what to do, and teams are judged on their execution of each station. Smooth execution and precise heelwork is highly regarded, as is appropriate support and encouragement of the dog from handlers.
Rally Obedience is primarily a heelwork sport, and much of the time in the foundation Rally Obedience classes is spent honing your heelwork skills. Teams will learn about footwork, how to choose an appopriate pace for their dog, and a lot of focus is also given to improving the dog's rear end awareness. These skills, along with many other skills covered in class, will help our rally obedience teams to have more precise and neat heelwork.
In addition to heelwork, teams will also be taught how to execute the Rally Obedience signs for the introductory levels (Novice and Advanced). The goal of the foundation Rally Obedience class is to develop teams from zero experience right up to those beginning to compete in Rally Novice.
Once a team has begun trialling, we also offer a trialling level class, where teams can practice their skills on longer sets and full-length courses. Ongoing support through peer training is given to teams at all levels.
Rally Obedience classes are open to dogs of all breeds which have attained their Bronze Canine Companion Certificate or can demonstrate skills to the Bronze level or above. If you are interested in trying out Rally Obedience, please register your interest at the BDOC Office or fill out our online waiting list form. Due to the nature of the classes, Rally Obedience only accepts new teams when there is sufficient participant interest and instructor availability to run an intake.
Rally Obedience trials are held frequently in the ACT and NSW. BDOC hosts one rally obedience trial per year in November, and our members are also involved in organising trials on behalf of Dogs ACT. Rally Obedience is an ANKC-sanctioned dog sport, and competitors and their dogs must be registered with the ANKC before they can compete in a trial.
There are four levels of competition for Rally Obedience - Rally Novice (performed on-leash), Rally Advanced, Rally Excellent, and Rally Master. Each level requires the team to achieve a number of qualifying scores, and once these scores have been obtained, the handler can submit their paperwork to Dogs ACT to add the relevant title to their dog's registered name.
For more information, please read through the ANKC rules for Rally Obedience at http://ankc.org.au/AboutUs/?id=1253. If you have any questions about Rally Obedience at BDOC, please email the obedience coordinater at firstname.lastname@example.org.