Monday, October 6, 2008

Trixie New RN!

No, she is not a registered nurse....Trixie now has some new initials added to her name...RN, which stands for Rally Novice. Trixie earned her new title in three straight trials this past weekend, all with 2nd places and high scores. Rally is the newest AKC dog event which is a more relaxed and fun version of obedience. For us, it provided positive ring time as we step back into the competition obedience ring, working towards a CDX. We also wanted to support our club's Independent Specialty show, which offered a rally trial. More on Trixie's open obedience debut later...

This is from the AKC website explaining the new sport of Rally:

What is Rally?

AKC Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition.A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of rally at all times and under all conditions.

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