What is Rally?
Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the rally judge. When you participate in an AKC Rally event, you get to show off your dog’s talents and the teamwork between you. The dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10 - 20, depending on the level). Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. Scoring is not as rigorous as in traditional obedience.
Unlimited communication from the handler to the dog is encouraged and not penalized. Unless otherwise specified in AKC regulations, handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, clap their hands, pat their legs, or use any verbal means of encouragement. 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. 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.
Rally is a fun challenging family sport that provides a link from the Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program to obedience or agility competition, both for dogs and handlers. In addition, rally is fun and enjoyable for dogs at all levels of competition.
CCCI offers rally competition at most national specialty shows. More information about Rally is available on the AKC website.