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Obedience & Rally classes



For information about any of these classes contact the Obedience Venue Head, Susan Baron winstonbarker@yahoo.com


Obedience Foundations will focus on building a solid foundation for competitive dog sports emphasizing  the exercises required in the competition obedience ring.  Prerequisites for enrollment include completion of Go Dogs' Life Skills class or a comparable class elsewhere or approval of venue coordinator and instructor.

Rally is a fun and exciting sport. It is mostly just fun for everyone! Rally was created by taking the idea of a numbered course from Agility and exercises from competitive Obedience (and adding a few unique ones). Put those both together, and you have Rally. It is not as strict as formal competitive obedience; you can talk to your dog, encourage them, and verbally praise him/her in the ring. You can compete in Rally with purebred and mixed breed dogs in numerous venues: AKC (American Kennel Club), WCRL(World Cynosport Rally League) and UKC (United Kennel Club) . If your dog is proficient with basic obedience exercises, including sit, down, controlled walking (walking beside you and not pulling) and stays, then you are set to take Rally class.

GoDogs offers a variety of Rally classes on a rotating basis that train you to win titles in various venues.

Rally Fundamentals is an introduction to Rally. Prerequisite: Completion of Go Dogs Life Skills class, or a class or an equivalent class at another training facility and/or permission of the obedience venue coordinator and class instructor. In this class you will focus on basic skills (sit, down, front and finish, attention to handler, walk on leash without pulling, etc.). This class will focus on exercises that will be needed to enroll in our Novice Rally class. You will also be introduced to Rally signs and be given information on the various Rally venues available.

Rally Novice is a class that prepares you and your dog for the exercises needed to perform at the novice level in the various Rally venues. The prerequisite for this class is Life Skills and a basic understanding of fronts and finishes, and/or permission of venue coordinator and class instructor. You will be working on additional exercises needed for success at the beginning levels of AKC, WRCL, and UKC Rally, and then incorporating those exercises into full courses.

Rally Advanced focuses on the advanced exercises necessary for those dog/handler teams to successfully compete at the higher levels in the various venues. The prerequisite for this class is Go Dogs Novice Rally, equivalent at another training facility, any Rally titles from the various venues, and/or permission of the venue coordinator and class instructor.

Open Rally will incorporate weekly courses geared to Novice, Advanced & Excellent Rally students. AKC & WCRL Courses will be nested to benefit all levels of students.  Students must be competing at the Novice level and above.



Competition Obedience - Our goal is to prepare teams for Novice obedience competitions. The prerequisite for enrolling in this class is completion of Go Dogs Life Skills, Obedience Foundations, or Go Dogs Rally classes,or a comparable competition class at another training facility or by permission of the obedience coordinator and the instructor. Skills required to enroll include focus on the handler, walking nicely on a loose leash, a recall, sit, down and stay.

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