Novice - this is the first level for those just getting started in competition. All exercises are performed with the dog on leash.

Advanced - this is the second level, which includes more difficult exercises throughout the course.  All exercises are performed off-leash.

Excellent - this third and highest level of AKC Rally is the most challenging. Exercises are performed off-leash.

Rally Obedience

Fun for You and Your Dog

rallyRally Obedience is a “user friendly” form of dog obedience competition.  The dog and handler team completes a course that has been designed by the Rally judge. The team starts with a perfect score of 100, and as in traditional obedience competition, points are deducted for errors as the dog/handler team completes the course.

Perfect “heel” position and perfectly straight fronts/finishes are not penalized as severely as they would be in traditional obedience competitions. Retrying a station is allowed, for a 3 point deduction.  The only stations you may not retry are the jump(s) and the “sit/stay” at the end of the Excellent course.

leftaboutYou need to qualify 3 times (70/100 points) under at least 2 different judges, to earn each of the first 3 Rally titles (Rally Novice, Rally Advanced, Rally Excellent).  After that, you can try for the RAE (Rally Advanced Excellent) title.  This needs 10 “double Qs”.  You need to qualify at both Advanced and Excellent at the same trial, 10 times, to earn the RAE.  Each set of 10 “double Qs” will add a number after the RAE (for instance, RAE2, RAE3, etc.). 

At the Novice level, the entire course is completed on lead.  For the Advanced and Excellent levels, the course is completed off lead.  At the Excellent level, a “stay” is added on to the end of the course while the handler retrieves the leash.

haltUnlimited communication from the handler to the dog is to be encouraged and not penalized. However, if the judge deems the encouragement to be pleading, luring, or coaxing, points might be deducted.  Additionally, if the dog is barking excessively, points can be deducted.

270At the Novice level, handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, clap their hands, pat their legs, or use any verbal means of encouragement. Multiple commands and/or signals using one or both arms and hands are allowed; the handler's arms need not be maintained in any particular position at any time. The handler may not touch the dog or make physical corrections, except to “stand” the dog at the Novice and Advanced levels. At any time during the performance, loud or harsh commands or intimidating signals will be penalized.  Food and/or toys are not allowed in the ring.  As you move on to the Advanced and Excellent levels, hand claps and leg taps are penalized.  Hands held as if food is in it will also be penalized.