Known also as Rally-O or Rally, this dog sport was developed for the pet dog owner who is not interested in the precision required for the traditional competition dog obedience. In other words, this is the more relaxed version of competition dog obedience.
Handlers are not allowed to speak to their dog other than the instruction in traditional competition dog obedience. Whereas the handlers are allowed to speak to encourage their dogs during the course in the rally. However, the handler is not allowed to touch the dog or make physical corrections.
The 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.
What Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) titles can be attained?
Go to the ANKC’s Rules for the Conduct of Rally Obedience Trials for a list of the class titles.
Is my dog suitable for Rally Obedience?
All dogs are eligible to compete in Rally Obedience. Dogs who participate in Rally are dogs that have been trained and conditioned to compete at Novice level and in the presence of other dogs. (source: ANKC)
Age restriction: Puppies six months of age or over.
Where can I do Rally Obedience?
Find a dog club near you by contacting Australian National Kennel Council‘s State member bodies: