Rally Obedience

Rally Obedience, also known as "Rally O", is a dog obedience sport that goes beyond the basic heeling, emphasizing fun and excitement for all involved — the dog, handler, and spectator. Rally Obedience includes over 40 obedience movements and is the ideal sport for those wanting a fun activity, designed to challenge and improve teamwork between the dog and his handler.

The Canadian Association of Rally Obedience (CARO) has been established so that dogs can earn titles in Canada. Events are open to ALL dogs, purebred and mixed-breeds.

The following titles are available from CARO:

  • Rally Novice (RN)
  • Rally Advanced (RA)
  • Rally Excellent (RX)
  • Rally Versatility (RV)

Presently, the American Kennel Club offers Rally O in a non-regular class but it is open only to purebred dogs. Starting in January 2005, Rally O will become an AKC titling event. Titles offered will be: Rally Novice (RN), Rally Advanced (RA), and Rally Excellent (RE). There will also be an advanced title: Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE).

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers also offers Rally O events and titles for all dogs, purebred and mixed-breed. Effective 1 January 2005, the APDT title designations will be: Rally Level 1 (RL1), Rally Level 2 (RL2) and Rally Level 3 (RL3). To earn each of these titles, three qualifying scores of 170 or better, under two different judges are required. The APDT will also have a Rally O Award of Excellence effective 1 January 2005. This award is for those teams who have excelled with their dogs in the rally ring during a calendar year and requires that the first three qualifying scores in each level be 190 or better. APDT Championship titles include ARCH and ARCHX and are awarded to teams who have completed both their Level 1 and Level 2 titles and is based on a system of points.

Additional Information:

Click Your Way to Rally Obedience

by Pamela Dennison
Rally Obedience is the fastest growing dog sport in America! Using quick, easy, positive methods with a clicker and rewards, Pam Dennison explains how you can train your own dog to excel in Rally.
Available from Dogwise.com.


Rally-O: The Style of Rally Style Obedience, 3rd Edition

by Charles 'Bud' Kramer
New edition! Rally is designed to be a style of obedience that emphasizes fun and excitement for the dog, handler and spectator. Here's all you need to get started in this fun new approach to dog obedience!
Available from Dogwise.com.


Rally Obedience Signs

by Charles 'Bud' Kramer
Full set of 58 signs to accompany Rally-O: Introduction to Rally Style Obedience. For clubs or training groups just starting out with Rally-style obedience.
Available from Dogwise.com.


The Rally Course Book — A Guide to AKC Rally Courses

by Janice Dearth
Exhibitors, instructors, and prospective judges will find this helpful for teaching, designing, and judging Rally. Includes tips for designing courses and usable courses with exhibitor sheets.
Available from Dogwise.com.