Rally Obedience: The Secret to a Well Behaved Dog
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The beauty of Rally-O lies in its flexibility and the strong bond it fosters between the dog and the handler. It is less formal than traditional obedience, and it allows for more communication between the dog and the handler. Handlers are encouraged to talk to their dogs, praise them, and use hand signals to guide them through the course.
Courses consist of 44 signs, each presenting a different challenge. These might range from simple commands like “sit” or “stay” to more complex tasks like “270-degree right turn” or “spiral dog outside.” The variety ensures that both novice and experienced teams find the sport engaging and challenging.
Scoring in Rally-O is also less strict compared to traditional obedience. While precision and speed are important, the primary focus is on the flow and the overall performance of the team. Minor mistakes might not result in point deductions, which makes it a great entry point for those new to dog sports.
In conclusion, Rally Obedience offers a perfect blend of training, bonding, and fun. It’s an excellent way for dogs and handlers of all experience levels to strengthen their relationship while enjoying a shared activity. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby with your furry friend or seeking a less formal competition, Rally-O might just be the perfect fit!
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