Learn About APDT Rally at This Year's Rally Demo
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Date: July 29, 2009
Author: Ali Brown
July 28, 2009 - At this year's APDT conference in Oakland, there will be an APDT Rally-O demonstration near the trade show. We will have a number of dog and handler teams who will strut their stuff in Levels 1, 2 and 3. Join us and watch the demos to see how cool it is when dogs and their people work together!
Rally-O is similar to traditional competitive obedience but in Rally-O the handler can talk to his or her dog, deliver treats at specific points, and even pet the dog, none of which is permitted in competitive obedience.
APDT Rally-O consists of a course (usually a 50x80 feet ring size) in which a series of signs are placed. The pattern is always different and the signs are varied. The dog and handler team must heel from sign to sign, performing the exercise described on the sign. Examples of exercises include fast pace, 360 degree turns, and weaving through cones placed on the course. The ring judge scores each team as it proceeds through the course.
APDT Rally-O has a reputation of being a fun sport for ALL dogs and handlers. We have teams where the dogs are missing legs, are deaf, blind, or elderly, and we have handlers in wheelchairs, on crutches, and with serious disabilities that would preclude them from participating in other sports. Competitors cheer each other on and support each other, and trainers love to teach it because it's not meant to be a sport of perfection, but rather a sport of relationship and teamwork. It's all about getting out there and having FUN!
Come and see the demo and get ready to offer Rally-0 to YOUR classes!