Rally Classes

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AKC Rally Classes

AKC Rally® is another fun team sport for you and your dog to enjoy all year round. At an AKC Rally event, you and your dog navigate a course, side-by-side, as you steer him through a course of 10-20 signs. Each of these signs provides instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. The dog and handler move continuously throughout the course with the dog under control at the handler’s left side. There is a clear sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during and between the numbered signs. Although each performance is timed, having a good race time is not the goal; it’s all about working as a team while performing the skills, with the dog under control.

Started in 2005, AKC Rally is a fun family sport and participation increases each year. It’s a perfect starting point for those who are new to canine sports as AKC Rally provides a challenging introduction to all AKC Companion Events for dogs and handlers to strengthen their skills.

DDTC offers the following classes in Rally:

Rally Novice (1) – Pass Beginning Basic Obedience class is required or Evaluator approval. All Novice signs and skills will be covered. Practice courses will be set up using learned signs. Will focus on proper heeling, sits, etc. Dogs will be on lead. To move on to the next level, handler and dog must be working as a Team having fun with the skills you’ve learned. Handler must understand signs. You may have to repeat this class more than once.

Intermediate/Advanced Rally (2) – Pass Introduction to Rally, Rally Novice Title, or Evaluator approval. All Advanced signs and skills will be covered. Practice courses will be set up using learned signs. Dog will start working off lead. Jumps will be introduced, including bar, broad, and panel. May need to repeat class until handler and dog are comfortable working off lead, performing all jumps, and understanding of signs.

Excellent Rally (3) – Pass Intermediate/Advanced Rally, Rally Advance Title, or Evaluator approval. All Excellent signs will be covered. Practice courses will be set up using all learned signs with detail to improve your team performance.

Master (4) – Pass Excellent Rally, One leg in Rally Excellent, or Evaluator approval. All Master signs will be covered. Practice courses will be set up using all signs from Novice to Master. This class will be offered as a Mini Session throughout the year.

Rally Course (2) – Pass Excellent Rally or Evaluator approval. Nested Rally courses of Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent, and Master signs will be set up. You will be working on improving your performance with help of the Instructor. Continuation in Rally Course 2 will keep your Team in condition for Rally competition at this level.

About Us

  • Dauphin Dog Training Club, Inc. (DDTC) is a not-for-profit American Kennel Club affiliated obedience club, founded in 1956 by a small group of dog enthusiasts who wanted to meet with other dog owners to train dogs and promote goodwill among all dog lovers.
  • We strive to train owners to train their dogs.


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