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Rally obedience (also known as Rally or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience. It was originally devised by Charles L. "Bud" Kramer from the obedience practice of "doodling" - doing a variety of interesting warmup and freestyle exercises.. Unlike regular obedience, instead of waiting for the judge's orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course.

In Rally Obedience the team starts with 100 points, and the judge deducts points for mistakes. After qualifying three times the dog earns a title, which appears after the dog's registered name. Each qualifying trial earned is known as a "leg."

There are five levels in TOC Rally:

  • Novice, the beginner's class. The dog is on leash and there are 10 to 15 stations, the title is TRN.
  • Intermediate, for dogs in a higher level that aren't quite reliable offleash, same signs as advanced with NO JUMPS. Title is TRI.
  • Advanced, for dogs who have completed their novice title. Dogs are judged off leash, and the title is TRA.
  • Excellent, the second highest class, for dogs who have earned their advanced title. 15 to 20 stations, including 2 jumps, are used in this class and the title is TRE.
  • Masters, the highest class. For dogs that have earned their Excellent title. This is the most difficult level and includes very difficult signs and courses. Title is TRM.
  • Additionally, there is the Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) title, in which the team has to qualify in both Advanced and Excellent in 10 trials and the title is TRAE (1+)

Formal Obedience information is coming soon!