Rally Obedience


          

INTRODUCTION
The purpose of Rally Obedience is to demonstrate a dog’s usefulness as a companion of
mankind, not merely the dog’s ability to follow specified routines in the ring. 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.
The chief objective of Rally is to provide a fast-moving and motivational sport for both Handler and dog that demonstrates a Handler and dog’s competency in basic Obedience exercises without requiring exact precision for success. Dogs in Rally events should demonstrate willingness and enjoyment. To that end, handlers may use praise, encouragement and patting throughout the Rally course.
All participants in the Rally Classes are required to perform the same exercises in
substantially the same way so that the quality of the various performances may be compared and scored.

TITLES
Class Titles:
All dogs eligible to be entered in Rally Obedience Trials in accordance with these Rules shall be eligible to receive Class Title Certificates upon qualification and application.
The Canine Control will receive applications for the use of the letters:
R.N. – signifying Rally Novice in connection with, and after the name of each dog, which shall be certified by Judges to have received three (3) qualifying scores of 70 or more points in the Rally Novice Class
R.A. – signifying Rally Advanced in connection with, and after the name of each dog, which
shall be certified by Judges to have received three (3) qualifying scores of 70 or more points
in the Rally Advanced Class
R.E. – signifying Rally Excellent in connection with, and after the name of each dog, which
shall be certified by Judges to have received three (3) qualifying scores of 70 or more points
in the Rally Excellent Class
R.A.E. – signifying Rally Advanced Excellent in connection with, and after the name of each
dog, which shall be certified by Judges to have received ten (10) qualifying scores of 70 or
more points in the Rally Advanced B Class and the Rally Excellent B Class at the same trial.
Only the Highest Rally Obedience Title awarded to the dog will be used after the name of the Dog


CLASSES
All classes must be available for competition at the Trial and included on the Trial Schedule
unless special permission is granted by the Canine Control. No classes other than the
following shall be provided or withdrawn without the special permission of the Canine Control.
Qualifications up to and including the date of closing of entry shall count as eligibility to
compete in any class.

Rally Novice Class – R.N.
Rally Novice
For Dogs six months of age or over and of either sex which are not eligible for the title of Rally Novice (RN). Under no circumstances except where an application for a RN Title has been rejected on a technicality, shall a dog which has competed in a Rally Advanced A Class be eligible to compete in the Rally Novice Class.
All exercises are judged on lead, and all dogs must enter and leave the ring on lead.
Rally Novice must have between ten (10) – fifteen (15) stations (start and finish not included) with no more than five (5) stationary exercises per class.

Rally Advanced Class – R.A.
Rally Advanced A
This class shall be for dogs that have qualified for the Rally Novice (RN) Title but are not
eligible for the Rally Advanced (RA) Title.
Rally Advanced B
This class shall be for dogs that have qualified for the Rally Advanced (RA) Title and may
continue to compete in this class indefinitely.
All exercises are judged off lead. All dogs must enter and leave the ring on lead.
Rally Advanced A and B must have between twelve (12) – seventeen (17) stations (start &
finish not included) with no more than seven (7) stationary exercises per class. One (1) jump
must be used in this class.

Rally Excellent Class – R.E.
Rally Excellent A
This class shall be for dogs that have qualified for the Rally Advanced (RA) Title, but are not
eligible for the Rally Excellent (RE) Title.

Rally Excellent B
This class shall be for dogs that have qualified for the Rally Excellent (RE) Title and may
continue to compete in this class indefinitely.
All exercises are judged off lead except the Honor Exercise. All dogs must enter and leave
the ring on lead.
Rally Excellent A and B must have between fifteen (15) – twenty (20) stations (start and finish not included) with no more than seven (7) stationary exercises per class. Two (2) jumps must be used in this class. Jumps may be any jump or any combination of the jumps that may be used as standard equipment in ANKC Ltd Obedience Classes i.e.: Broad Jump, Solid Jump, Bar Jump – except that 1.2 metre jumps may be used in place of 1.5 metre jumps. Jumps must not be used consecutively on the course.
Honor Exercise
An Honor Exercise must be included in the Rally Excellent Class. Prior to each class, the
Judge will designate either the sit or the down for the Honor Exercise as well as the
placement in the ring and will also designate where the Handler will stand during the exercise – either next to or facing the dog. The Honor Exercise must not be in the path of the dog and Handler team that follows. Volunteer dogs will be used for both Honoring the first dog in the class and as a course run – through when the last dog performs the Honor Exercise.
After completing the course, each dog and Handler team may either re-enter through the
finish gate, or they may proceed directly to the Honor Station. The dog must remain in the
designated position to Honor the next team’s entire course. This exercise must be performed on lead. For the Honor Exercise the Honor Steward will monitor each team, record the score and immediately report it to the Table Steward.

Rally Advanced Excellent Class – R.A.E.
Upon qualifying for the Rally Excellent Title, qualifying scores may be accumulated from the
Rally Advanced B Class and the Rally Excellent B Class to earn the Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) Title. In order to receive the RAE Title, a dog must qualify ten times in both Rally Advanced B Class and the Rally Excellent B Class at the same trial. The RAE Title will appear at the end of the dog’s name and a numeric designation will indicate the number of times the dog has met RAE requirements ie: RAE2, RAE3 etc.
NOTES: An Exhibit which has gained sufficient awards to qualify for the title of RD, RA, or
RE shall NOT be eligible to compete in a higher class at a Rally Trial until such time as the
owner/s have lodged an application for recognition of the title with the Canine Control in the
State or Territory in which the registered owner/s reside.

EXHIBITORS AND HANDLERS
Commands and Signals
Unlimited communication from the Handler to the dog is to be encouraged and not penalised. Unless otherwise specified in the Rules, Handlers may encourage their dog with verbal praise and patting.
Multiple commands and / or signals using one or both arms and hands are allowed; the
Handler’s arms need not be maintained in any particular position at any time.
At any time during the performance, loud or harsh demands or intimidating signals will be
penalised. All verbal commands must be in the English Language unless approved otherwise by the
Judge.
Dress Code:
Adequate sensible dress with appropriate footwear (no thongs, scuffs or bare feet) is required to be worn by the Handler in the ring.
Entering and Leaving the Ring:
On the Steward's call of the dog's catalogue number, the Handler will enter the Ring with the dog on lead and stand at the "Start Station". In Exercises that require a dog to be off-lead, the lead will be taken off and handed to the Steward. All dogs must leave the Ring on a lead.
Heel Position:
The team of dog and Handler moves at a brisk pace, with the dog under control at the
Handler’s left side. There should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and Handler both during the numbered exercises and between the exercise signs; however, perfect ‘heel
position’ is not required.
Praise, Food and Patting:
While praise, encouragement and patting are allowed, dogs should remain under control. A
dog whose Handler takes food or other training aids into the ring must be disqualified from
that class.

JUDGING PROCEDURES
Judging Standard:
Rally is a sport in which the dog and Handler complete a course that has been designed in
advance by the Rally Judge. The Judge tells the Handler to begin, and the dog and Handler
heel through the designated course demonstrating the skills required at each station (10- 20, depending on the level). Each station has a sign providing instructions regarding the skill that is to be performed.
Rally Rules give the Judge guidelines for how an exercise is to be performed. Rally Judges
must make decisions based on a mental picture of the theoretically perfect performance
within the framework of the Rally Rules. Rally Rules are the basic guide to judging.

Qualifying Performance:
To qualify, a dog and Handler team must receive a minimum score of 70 points out of a
possible perfect score of 100. Three (3) qualifying scores of 70 points or more must be
earned under at least two different Judges in each class to earn a title. Scoring for all levels is based on a maximum score of 100 points.
Any faults in traditional Obedience that would be evaluated and scored as a one point
deduction or more should be scored the same in Rally, unless otherwise mentioned in the
“Rally Rules”. There shall be no ½ point penalties in Rally.

Judge’s Orders and Signals:
The Judge’s orders will be, “Are you ready” followed by, “Forward.” After the Judge’s
“Forward” order, the team is on its own to complete the entire sequence of numbered
exercises correctly.

Scoring
Each team begins with 100 points. A qualifying performance is a score of 70 points or better and all stations must be attempted and the performance is timed.


Catalogue Scoring (all Classes):
The following deductions shall apply:
1 point deduction for each of the following:
- Tight lead
- Dog interfering with handler’s forward motion
- Poor sits, downs and stands
- Slow or resistant response
- Touching a jump, pylon or post
- Out of position

3 point deduction for each of the following:
- Repeat of a station, maximum of two (2) re-tries allowed per run
- Pylon/post knocked over (on Figure Eight, Spiral and Serpentine)
- Lack of control
- Loud command or intimidating signal
- Excessive barking
10 point deduction for each of the following:
- Incorrectly performed station
- Hitting the jump

1 to 10 point deduction:
- Lack of teamwork
- Lack of briskness
- Handler error

Non-qualifying (NQ) scores shall be given for:
- Minimum requirements not met
- Dog unmanageable, or uncontrolled barking
- Station not attempted
- Consistently tight lead
- Substantially out of Honor position
- Not completing the Honor exercise
- Dog relieving itself in the ring
- Bar knocked off the uprights of jump
- Using a jump as an aid in going over a jump
- Failure of a dog to go over a jump in the proper direction
- Handler error

Please clink on the link to obtain the list and pictures of the different station signs you may be asked to complete

RallyO-Signs-YELLOW1.pdf


Page created 6th October 2012
Information taken from the A.N.K.C. Rules for the Conduct of Rally Obedience Trials (Effective 1.1.12)
Full details can be found in the above rules publication, available at www.ankc.org.au