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Rally is a sport combining traditional obedience with handler skills in a slightly less formal environment. Dog and handler teams navigate a constantly changing course of numbered signs with the degree of overall difficulty increasing through five different levels: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent, and Masters. Rally goals include developing teamwork, enthusiasm for learning, and the fundamentals of traditional obedience exercises.
The IRDTC classes focus on ensuring both the handler and the dog are having fun while gaining confidence in each other and developing skills as a team. The key elements are ring etiquette, walking a course, understanding the exercises, appropriate and targeted rewards, raising performance expectations, and training for success.
Prerequisite: Dog and handler have either completed the Beginning Obedience Class OR passed the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test OR achieved the first leg of a Beginner Novice Title.
Rally Mini-Session 2 will focus on exercises in the Advanced/Excellent/Masters levels in Rally. The four classes will emphasize development of skills such as stand, back up, sending away, and jumping as well as the dog's position in heel, accurate performance of each exercise, and building mental and physical stamina in both dog and handler for entering all three of these classes at trials. Handlers wishing to enroll in this session should have a Rally Novice title or, at the least, legs toward that title. Class is limited to 6 participants to ensure sufficient ring time.
09:00 am – 05:00 pm