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   Exercises with an asterisk* (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 34) may be used multiple times on a Rally course.
Rally Novice may use signs 1-31.
Rally Advanced may use signs 1-45.
Rally Excellent uses all signs and 2 jumps.



"START"(sign #1) This sign will be used on all courses indicating the start of the course. This sign does not count toward the total number of stations on the course.


"FINISH" (sign #2) Indicates the end of the course - timing stops. This sign will be used on all courses and does not count toward the total number of stations on the course.


"HALT - SIT" (sign #3) While heeling, the handler halts and the dog comes to a sit in heel position. The team then moves forward toward the next exercise sign (station), with the dog in heel position. (Stationary exercise)



"HALT-SIT-DOWN" (sign #4) While heeling, the handler halts and the dog comes to a sit. The handler then commands the dog to down, followed by the command to heel forward from the down position. (Stationary exercise)

* "RIGHT TURN" (sign #5) Performed as a 90 turn to the right, as in traditional obedience.

* "LEFT TURN" (sign #6) Performed as a 90 turn to the left, as in traditional obedience.

* "ABOUT TURN RIGHT" (sign #7) While heeling, the team makes a 180 about turn to the handler's right.

* "ABOUT U TURN" (sign #8) While heeling, the team makes a 180 about turn to the handler's left.

* "270° RIGHT" (sign #9) While heeling, the team makes a 270 turn to the handler's right. 270° turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign.

* "270° LEFT" (sign #10) While heeling, the team makes a 270 turn to the handler's left. 270 turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign.

"360° RIGHT" (sign #11) While heeling, the team makes a 360 turn to the handler's right. 360 turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign.

"360° LEFT" (sign #12) While heeling, the team makes a 360 turn to the handler's left. 360 turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign.

"CALL FRONT-FINISH RIGHT-FORWARD" (sign #13) While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part of the exercise directs the handler to move forward while commanding the dog to change from the front position to the handler's right, around behind the handler and to heel position as the handler continues forward. (The dog is commanded to heel or "finish" before the handler actually moves forward. Once the dog has left the sit front position and is no longer blocking the handlers path the handler may continue forward motion) The dog does not sit before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise)

"CALL FRONT-FINISH LEFT-FORWARD" (sign #14) While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part of the exercise directs the handler to move forward while commanding the dog to change from the front position to the handler's left and moving to heel position, as the handler continues forward (The dog is commanded to heel or "finish" before the handler actually moves forward. Once the dog has left the sit front position and is no longer blocking the handlers path the handler may continue forward motion). The dog does not sit before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise)

"CALL FRONT-FINISH RIGHT-HALT" (sign #15) While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part is the finish to the right, where the dog must return to heel position by moving around the right side of the handler. Dog must sit in heel position before moving forward with the handler. (Stationary exercise)

"CALL FRONT-FINISH LEFT-HALT" (sign #16) While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to a sit in the front position. The second part is the finish to the left, where the dog must move to the handler's left and sit in heel position. Dog must sit in heel position before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise)

* "SLOW PACE" (sign #17) Dog and handler must slow down noticeably. This must be followed by a normal pace, unless it is the last station in the class.

* "FAST PACE" (sign #18) Dog and handler must speed up noticeably. This must be followed by a normal pace, unless it is the last station in the class.

* "NORMAL PACE" (sign #19) Dog and handler must move forward, walking briskly and naturally.

"MOVING SIDE STEP RIGHT" (sign #20) While heeling, the handler takes one step to the right and continues moving forward along the newly established line. The dog maintains heel position. The exercise is to be performed just before the exercise sign.

"SPIRAL RIGHT-DOG OUTSIDE" (sign #21) This exercise requires three pylons or posts placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. Spiral Right indicates the handler must turn to the right when moving around each pylon or post. This places the dog on the outside of the turns. The exercise sign is placed near or on the first pylon or post where the spiral is started.

"SPIRAL LEFT-DOG INSIDE" (sign #22) This exercise requires three pylons or posts placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. Spiral Left indicates that the handler must turn to the left when moving around each pylon or post. This places the dog on the inside of the turns (See 2). The exercise sign is placed near or on the first pylon or post where the spiral is started.

"STRAIGHT FIGURE 8 WEAVE TWICE" (sign #23) This exercise requires four obstacles (pylons, posts or people) placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. The exercise sign is placed near or on the first obstacle where the exercise is started. Entry into the weaving pattern is with the first obstacle at the dog/handler's left side.
"SERPENTINE WEAVE ONCE" (sign #24) This exercise requires four obstacles (pylons, posts or people) placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. The exercise sign is placed near or on the first obstacle where the exercise is started. Entry into the weaving pattern is with the first obstacle at the dog/handler's left side. It should be noted that in this exercise, the team does not weave back through the obstacles as they do in the Straight Figure 8.

"HALT-1, 2, 3 STEPS FORWARD" (sign #25) The team halts with the dog sitting in heel position to begin the exercise. The handler takes one step forward, with the dog maintaining heel position, and halts. The dog sits when the handler halts. This is followed by two steps forward - halt, and three steps forward - halt, with the dog heeling each time the handler moves forward, and sitting each time the handler halts. (Stationary exercise)
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