In Rally, a dog and their handler move together through a course made up of 10-20 signs. Each sign displays a skill to perform such as turns or behaviours. The dog and handler work together and should show a sense of teamwork and enthusiasm throughout the course.
As a handler you must be able to read, understand and along with your dog complete the action - it's truly teamwork that's needed (and a sense of humour if it all goes wrong)!
The performance is timed, but it’s not about being fast, it’s about accuracy, control, and above all teamwork. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to build a bond with your dog. And best of all, you can easily train at home with little equipment required.
Rally is based on beginner skills, your dog should know the basics before entering the sport. Dogs that have completed our puppy course will be able to take part, but also any dog that can walk on a lead, sit, lay down and stay will be successful in taking part.
Ideally your dog should be comfortable around other dogs and people as well as coming when called. Although none of these skills must be perfect, they will help you get more out of training for Rally!