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   Rally obedience has handler and dog working a course consisting of “stations” (10-20 depending on level).
   The team works the course at a continuous brisk pace (Rally is a “timed” sport) performing the exercise posted on the station sign. There should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during the numbered exercises and between the exercise signs; however, perfect “heel position” is not required and scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience (there are no ˝ point deductions).

Unlimited communication in the form of verbal cues/commands, patting leg, clapping hands, hand signals, and praise are encouraged not penalized. Multiple commands and/or signals using one or both arms and hands are allowed, you do not have to keep your hands in any particular position at any time. The handler may NOT touch the dog (with the exception of the stand exercise in novice) or make physical corrections nor issue harsh, loud or intimidating verbal/signal commands at any time.

“Rally O” is a fun, entertaining form of obedience that can sharpen a dogs skill for traditional obedience competition. Young dogs that are not ready for traditional obedience or the aged dog that is retired and does not want to be can benefit from the non stressful form of Rally O. It also helps the nervous exhibitor get more “ring” comfortable.

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