Rally

Rally Signs

Imagine a circuit course for dogs. Your dog is off leash, and you guide him from sign to sign, following the instructions on each. At your command, he leaps over a jump, then comes back to you. After about 90 seconds of obedience and 10-20 signs, you cross the finish line, and everybody cheers.

Our Rally program offers classes and practice opportunities at all levels. Club members and instructors have competed through multiple levels of Rally. Two are AKC Rally judges.

 

Rally Novice Classes: Rally Novice I and Rally Novice II

Class NameDescriptionPrerequisitesWhat to Bring
Rally Novice IThe novice level of rally is a great starting point for dogs coming out of basic, intermediate and CGC classes. Dog and handler teams should have the foundation skills such as heeling, come fronts, finish to heel, down and stay. Novice signs will be learned and courses will be set up. Dogs enjoy rally because we can talk to them to encourage them even in competition. No titles needed to join this class. This is the first level for those just getting started in competition. All exercises are performed with the dog on leash.Basic obedience skills especially heeling.Buckle collar or Martingale, 6-foot leash, and treats.
Rally Novice IIThe novice level II class is a continuation of the Novice I class, but will also deal with intermediate signs..  There can be more concentration on heeling, and  signs will be reviewed with intermediate signs included; and courses will be set up. Dogs enjoy rally because we can talk to them to encourage them even in competition. No titles needed to join this class. This is the novice second level for those starting in competition. All exercises are performed with the dog on leash.Basic obedience skills especially heeling completion of Rally Novice 1 is suggested Buckle collar or Martingale, 6-foot leash, and treats.

Dates and Times: Rally Novice Level Classes

Class NameStart DateInstructorClick Button to Register
RO Rally Novice I (7586)Thursdays 2/22-3/28/23 at 6:45pmScott Adams,  Sr.
RO Rally Novice II
Class meets for six weeks for an hour. Cost: $139 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

Rally Intermediate/Advanced Level Classes

Class NameDescriptionPrerequisitesWhat to Bring
Rally Intermediate/AdvancedRally Intermediate (RI) is a newer level of AKC Rally competition.  This level is a stepping stone class in preparation for going off-leash at the advanced level. To compete in this level the dog must have a Rally Novice (RN) title, but not the Rally Advanced (RA) title. The intermediate level in competition is done on-leash and includes Rally Novice and Rally Advanced signs, but there will not be a jump required on this course. Intermediate level signs can be included in advanced and excellent level courses in competition.The RN title is not required. Dog/handler team must have the ability to perform rally exercises through Rally Novice as well as basic obedience skills especially heeling.Buckle or Martingale collar, 6-foot leash and small, easy to swallow treats.
Rally Intermediate/Advanced Part 2This class is a continuation of the Rally Intermediate/Advanced class.  This class will have courses set up each week to train.Should have a rally novice title and the dog should be able to train and run the course off lead or equivalent with permission of the instructor.Buckle collar or Martingale, 6-foot leash, and treats.  Be sure and bring a crate for the dog.

Dates and Times: Rally Intermediate/Advanced Level Classes

Class NameMeetsInstructorClick Button to Register
RO Rally Intermediate/Advanced (7569)Saturdays 1/20-3/2/24 at 9 am. No Class 1/27/24Scott Adams, Sr.Registration Closed
Rally Intermediate/Advanced Part 2 (7587)Saturdays 3/16-4/20/24 at 9:00amScott Adams, Sr.
Class meets for six weeks for an hour. Cost: $139 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months).

Rally Excellent Classes

Class NameDescriptionPrerequisitesWhat to Bring
Rally ExcellentLevel 1The excellent level is challenging and really fun as it incorporates moving downs and stands, sending to a jump as well as backing up while in heel position. These skills are really exciting to learn. In competition dogs would perform off leash but in class we encourage you to stay on leash to insure dogs are clear about each sign behavior. As in all rally levels handlers may give verbal encouragement to their dogs all through the course. No title is needed to participate in this class.Dog/handler team must have the ability to perform Rally Intermediate/Advanced as well as basic obedience skills especially heeling. Buckle collar or martingale, six foot leash a crate and treats for your dog
RO Rally Excellent – Level 2This excellent level two is a class with courses each week and is a extension of level one excellent.This class is for handlers that have taken level one excellent or handlers that are fully experienced with rally excellent signs. Buckle collar or martingale, six foot leash a crate and treats for your dog

Dates and Times: for Rally Excellent Level Classes

Class NameStartsInstructorClick Button to Register
RO Rally Excellent Level 1
RO Rally Excellent Level 2
Class meets for six weeks for an hour. Cost: $139 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months).


Rally Masters Classes

Class NameDescriptionPrerequisitesWhat to Bring
RO Rally Masters ICome join us for an exciting new level of rally, the Rally Master class (RM). This level has 28 signs that can only be used in master courses. In competition you would perform off leash and there would be no retries. Courses would have a minimum of 3 advanced level signs 3 excellent level signs and 4 Master level signs and one jump. Dogs will earn the RM title after earning 10 qualifying scores under at least two different judges. To COMPETE in this level dogs must have earned the RE title. In this class we will learn all the signs before including them in courses. The signs are fun but challenging.Dogs should have a familiarity with lower level signs and know basic skills as well as heeling. No title required to join this class.Buckle collar or Martingale, 6-foot leash, and treats.
RO Rally Masters IICome join us for an exciting new level of rally, the Rally Master class II (RM)! This level has 28 signs that can only be used in master courses. In competition you would perform off leash and there would be no retries. Courses would have a minimum of 3 advanced level signs, 3 excellent level signs and 4 Master level signs and one jump. Dogs will earn the RM title after earning 10 qualifying scores under at least two different judges. To COMPETE in this level dogs must have earned the RE title. In this class we will learn all the signs before including them in courses. The signs are fun but challenging.This class is a continuation of the Masters I class, but attendees are not required to have taken the Masters I class, an RE is required.Buckle collar or Martingale, 6-foot leash, and treats.

Class Length: Class meets for six weeks for an hour.

Cost: $139 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months).

Class NameStartsInstructorClick Button to Register
RO Rally Masters II (7722)Thursdays 2/2-3/28/24 at 8:00 pmScott Adams, Sr.
Class meets for six weeks for an hour. Cost: $139 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months).

Class Name: RO Rally All Level Review

Description This SIX week class will include all levels of Rally, from Novice through Masters, with a review of all signs. Included: pivot training, jumps, cone exercises, stationary exercises, foot work and healing. Dog and handler teams should have rally foundation skills. This is a must class for the serious rally participants. The final one or two weeks will include courses with all levels. No titles needed to join this class. If time permits, other issues can be addressed. All exercises are performed with the dog on or off leash, depending on the level being trained.
Prerequisite: Basic obedience and rally skills.
What to Bring: Buckle collar or Martingale, 6-foot leash, and treats

Class Length: Class meets for six weeks for an hour.

Cost: $139 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

 

Class NameStartsInstructorClick Button to Register
RO Rally All Level ReviewTBDTBDRegistration opens 6 wks before 1st class
RO Rally All Level ReviewTBDTBDRegistration opens 6 wks before 1st class

Class Name: Rally Drop in

Description: Rally Drop-in provides an opportunity to practice Rally skills at your skill level. Excellent way to prep for an upcoming trial.
The practice courses that will be set up will include signs for these levels:

  • Novice
  • Intermediate/Advanced
  • Excellent
  • Masters

If no dates are posted on this page, please check Calendar. Dates will be listed on the calendar as they are determined.
Prerequisites: Familiarity with Rally signs for the course level you intend to practice.
Upcoming Session Dates: TBD

Instructor: Scott Adams, Sr and Steve Campbell
What to bring: Please bring a crate for your dog so you can do the walk through. Treats and toys are allowed.

Cost: $10 nonmembers/$8 members
No need to pre-register – this is a drop in class opportunity.


For practice opportunities, please see Rally Drop-In toward the top of this page.

Upcoming Classes

Registration opens about 6 weeks prior to start of class. Classes subject to date changes and cancellations.

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For information about OTCPBC Rally events including AKC Rally Trials and OTCPBC Rally Sniff ‘n Gos use this link:
Rally Events

Questions about Rally?

Contact us at otcpbc@gmail.com