Rally class today was a lot of fun! It was only two of us tonight – Raquel with her dog and us – so it almost felt like a private session with Dee from Applause Your Paws! She brought the AKC Rally guide to class that explains exactly what we are supposed to do at each sign. I helped her set up the course while Orso watched. For anyone who is following the blog and isn’t sure what Rally is, here is a short explanation from the AKC website:
“AKC Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition. A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of rally at all times and under all conditions.”
Back to class… Orso was very excited to work today! He must have smelled the yummy bait that I had just chopped up for him on the hood of our Jeep. As soon as we started class, Orso was ready to go! He was awesome today and did great during each of his tries at the course Dee had set up. She even ended up switching some of the commands to make it a little more difficult for us.
Below are a few pictures of Orso and me working together during class. Enjoy!
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