What is Rally (previously Rally Obedience)?
Rally is a relatively recent fun dog-sport based on traditional dog Obedience but carried out in a more informal and relaxed style, with the handler able to talk to and encourage or praise their dog throughout, making for an easier transition from a raining class to the competition ring.
The handler has the opportunity to walk the course set up by the judge to familiarise themselves with a course of sequential signs in advance of performing it with their dog.
Unlike in traditional Obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course, so you may use as much verbal praise and petting as you wish.
It can be a great way to increase your bond with your dog, and to help you and your dog develop skills that can be applied in everyday life, or in other dog-sports.
'Rally' trials are held a little less frequently than more traditional Obedience competitions, so it's not always easy to see it in action locally, but this video illustrates some of its principles and commands.
Rally training is conducted at Dover on Sunday mornings 11.15am until 12noon.