Rally Obedience is the latest dog sport to arrive from the USA.
Dogs and their handlers negotiate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform, such as Sit, Serpentine once, send over jump, fast forward from Sit and About turn right.
Handlers are encouraged to talk to their dogs and reward during the performance. Rally O is described as combining the characteristics of sports car racing, dog agility and traditional obedience into a new fun sport.
The course is set by the judge or trainer. There is no pause between exercises – you and your dog work briskly through the course without direction from the judge. You are encouraged to talk to and praise your dog during the performance.
Any dog can get involved; your dog does not have to be a pedigree dog to take part, but if you want to compete it must be registered with the Kennel Club on either the Breed Register or the Activity Register.
The best part is that as long as your dog has a basic level of training you can take part and have a go.
Courses are run throughout the year. Each course is 8 weeks long.
Our Training ground is in Barkway, Hertfordshire. (Under the name BarkAway Dog Training Academy)
If you are interested in attending please go to our ‘Contact Us’ page.