What is Rally?
Rally Obedience combines the fun of dog agility with traditional obedience. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs through the course and makes a game out of obedience to take your dog's obedience skills and behavior to the next level. Rally is great for enhancing your dog’s focus and attention.
Dog and owner teams follow a numbered course of obedience-related tasks, while heeling the dog between a series of stations and performs the behaviors on the sign at the station.
Our rally obedience classes focus on learning the individual behaviors that the signs use and then putting those behaviors together while learning how to perform each sign. After learning the signs, they are put together into a full rally course. AKC Rally Obedience is the primary venue we address, although you can easily do other venues using the information taught at our classes.
There are several rally organizations that sanction rally trials, and these trials are held by obedience/rally clubs. The organizations that are predominant in the Chicago area include:
AKC Rally – American Kennel Club
Each of these organizations has their own rules and regulations for rally trials and all allow any breed of dog (including mixed breeds) to compete.
For more detailed information on rally, check out Dog Rally on Wikipedia
Prerequisites for class:
- Dog must be at least 6 months old.
- Completion of Basic Obedience or equivalent with instructor's approval.
KDC's Student Accomplishments
Frank and Jack, AKC Rally Nationals, 2019
Jack 2018 Rally Nationals
Jack and Frank
Nixon and Fitz
“Kim- Thank you. Your class was great. Oscar and I learned a lot. Since Oscar is my 3rd dog, I've had experience with other classes. What was wonderful and different about yours was that you taught us and encouraged us to have fun with our dogs; also you focused on our relationship with our dog and helped us appreciate how special that is. We hope to be back for the next class.”-Cynthia