About this Class:
Rally O is an obedience “sport” which plays like a board game with you and your dog the pieces. You go from sign to sign with each one detailing a behavior for your dog to perform. You are allowed to talk to your dog, praise your dog (even treat your dog!) while doing specific behaviors, like “turn left”, “halt/sit” or “fast pace”. In this class, you will begin to learn each sign and the behavior required to do each sign properly. Because you are being unpredictable, your dog will learn to pay more attention to you, particularly on walks. The class will also enhance your dog‘s skills and serve as a bridge from basic manners classes to off-leash sports. YDF teaches World Cynosport Rally.
No choke, prong or electronic collars will be allowed.
Dogs must be non-reactive to other dogs OR be able to comfortably work with their handler while they or other dogs are behind pods.
Intro to Rally
In this class, students will build their relationship with their canine teammate and master the signs used in World Cynosport Rally’s Intro class, such as heeling with left and right turns, sit and down at the handler’s left side, front, finish left/right, basic cone exercises, and more!
Prerequisites: Your dog should be able to do the following behaviors: Touch/Hand Target, Sit, Down, and loose-leash walking (perfection in that is not needed!). If you’ve graduated from Puppy 1st Grade, Basic 1, or any more advanced class, you are ready!
1A: In this class, rally teams will continue working on Level 1 signs and the Level 2 signs used as bonuses in Level 1. Emphasis will be placed on getting those sits and downs straight and making your dog super excited to do whatever is next on the course!
1B: The same, but without leashes! Depending on the class, some new signs from Level 2 may be added.
Prerequisite: Intro to Rally (at YDF or elsewhere), an Intro/Novice title in Rally (AKC or Cynosport), or instructor approval
2A: In this class, rally teams will learn the rest of the Level 2 signs and the Level 3 signs used as bonuses in Level 2. Some work will be done on leash and some off-leash, with the goal of being 100% off-leash.
2B: The same, but without leashes! Depending on the class, some new signs from Level 3 may be added.
Prerequisite: Rally 1B (at YDF or elsewhere), a Level 1/Novice title in Rally (AKC or Cynosport), or instructor approval
Fee: $165 for six weeks
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