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tessa_s212

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Amanda, if you cannot find a class, you do not NEED one to compete in rally.

You can print out all the signs and rules, and train at home. I'd also suggest going to a Rally show to *watch* the first time, and make sure you understand everything. If you have any questions, most people would love to help you.

If I were to ever compete in Rally, and I do think it'd be neat, I'd do the same. I'd have to train at home.
 

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Amanda, Tessa has some excellent points about not taking classes and training at home. I know a few people that have done some reg. OB but never did any Rally classes etc, they trialled and I believe did well.
Since I had never stepped one foot into any obedience ring or taken a class in my life, taking classes for us was the smartest route to go lol.

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Thanks for the replies... I think that is what I am going to end up doing. Eventually, once we are ready to compete... I'll be back for help on how to sign up for a show... because I am COMPLETELY CLUELESS on how to do that.
 
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Amanda, there are some shows coming up(conformation) that will have Rally as well. I'm *thinking* about doing some training with Marq. If I decide to get off of my butt and actually do that, I'll take some videos and we can both train at home together, in a sense.
 

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Amanda;
Good luck!! btw I have seen at least two different Rally dvd's, can't remember where I saw them listed but I'll look and find the link if your interested in them. Let me know. Hey that buddy system of training that Tessa is talking about, sounds like a great idea.
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Amanda, there are some shows coming up(conformation) that will have Rally as well. I'm *thinking* about doing some training with Marq. If I decide to get off of my butt and actually do that, I'll take some videos and we can both train at home together, in a sense.
Now that would be FUN! Since my cell phone has a video recorder built in... with pretty good quality for a cell phone camera... Each clip can last a little over a minute or so... I can definitely make videos and put them online now! YAY!

Lets do it! :)
 

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Amanda;
Good luck!! btw I have seen at least two different Rally dvd's, can't remember where I saw them listed but I'll look and find the link if your interested in them. Let me know. Hey that buddy system of training that Tessa is talking about, sounds like a great idea.
Take care
Lynn

Thanks so much! If you find any, please send me the links... I am interested!


Thanks again! :) :)
 

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If your dog already has basic obedience down, you shouldn't really worry about training extra for Rally (novice, at least), imho.
I had to train Rien "front" and work on heel work for a good month before our first trial, and we got an 87 (/100). With a Malamute who can be dog aggressive in large group situations, I was most proud of the fact that I could take him back into the ring for the Q ribbon distribution without worrying about him EATING another dog. Ha. Rally is so chillax and it's MEANT to be chillax. That's what I love about it. Rien has fun training for it because he knows there are going to be treats involved (Rally is the one thing I train for with the clicker). He had fun trialing because I could talk to him, and well... he talked back too.

I wouldn't worry a bit about not having a class. Just know the signs, those can be the only confusing part about rally -- but if you make sure you go to the walk through, it's all good.
 

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I have looked through all of the obstacles the dogs are tested on in Novice. I feel confident in all of them except the left and right finish. Is this something that is popular for being in a novice course?

Thank you for the reply.
 

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I couldn't tell you, having only been to three trials and only having trialed personally in one. However, finish is easy to teach with a lure and a clicker -- if you want I could make you a video of how Rien and I do/did it? If the Malabutt can learn it, I'm sure your goldens can. ;)
Another good thing about Rally is, though you can't have food WITH you in the ring (the judge doesn't smell your hands, though ;)), you can still pretend you do and lure the dog with that. So even if you don't have a solid base of finish, you can use your hand as a lure and your lead as a *GENTLE* guide for positioning.
 

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I LOVE Videos. I've been working with her on the left finish. Once we get that one down pretty well... I'll start training for the right. Please do the left and right in the video, if possible. Thanks so much! :)
 

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Amanda,
I'll try to get to it tomorrow. :) Today I'm *supposed* to be studying for my physics final, and only that. But tomorrow I'm pretty wide open. We'll see if Mr. Rien remembers how to do finishes. hehe.
 
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