Rally Foundations

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Class Time: 6:15 PM
Class Length: 8 weeks
Class Tier: Tier B
Class Day/Location: Tuesdays/Versa Dog Sports
Class Session: 2023 Session 4

Rally Foundations is designed for handlers with no prior experience in Rally Obedience, or for those wishing to gain a better understanding of the signs used in AKC Rally. It is the perfect class for students wanting to build teamwork with their dog while improving obedience skills in a relaxed environment. Rally is considered a great stepping stone from the Tier A classes to Agility, Trick Dog, or advanced obedience training! This class will assist handlers with understanding the rules, interpreting AKC Rally signs, and performing the exercises. Students will focus on learning the Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced exercises, but Excellent and Master signs will be covered depending on student needs and skill levels. Rally Fundamentals is designed for the pet owner wanting to develop their relationship with their dog! Rally Obedience is a sport in which the dog and handler, moving at their own pace, complete a course consisting of 10-20 designated stations, each with a sign providing instructions regarding the skill that is to be performed. Unlimited communication from the handler to the dog is encouraged, and handlers are allowed to talk, praise, and use any other verbal means of encouragements. Please note that students will be expected to work with their dog outside of class; homework will be given in order to successfully learn all AKC Rally signs by the end of class session.

Additional Information

Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. Passed all Tier A classes: CGC, FIC, and Ob I or similarly structured training classes. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. Dogs should understand basic obedience commands and able to walk semi-quietly on leash.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and crate for your dog.

All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.

Class Tiers

Class Tier System

Our goal is for dog and handler teams to progress through a structured curriculum of classes that are grouped in levels of ability. Before students may progress from Tier A to Tier B, we strongly recommend teams pass all Tier A level classes. For Tier B through Tier D, progression depends on student ability. * STAR Puppy * Tier A classes (beginner): Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Focus and Impulse Control (FIC), and Obedience I (Ob I). * Tier B classes (novice to intermediate): Tricks Novice/Intermediate, Agility Foundations, and Obedience II. * Tier C classes (intermediate): Agility I and Rally I. * Tier D classes (advanced): Agility II, Rally II, and Show N Go. * Specialty classes (conditional). We adapted the AKC STAR Puppy and CGC classes to fit our club needs. We offer AKC testing for these two classes at the end of every session. We suggest that teams first progress from STAR to CGC, which follows the AKC program design. Tier A level teams may then take FIC and Ob I to finish off Tier A class progression. Please talk with instructors or the Director of Training if you have questions about class progression or availability.