Fun for You and Your Dog
Rally 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.
You need to qualify 3 times (70/100 points) under at least 2 different judges, to earn each of the first 4 Rally titles (Rally Novice, Rally Intermediate, Rally Advanced, Rally Excellent). After that, you can try for the Rally Master title. (See Master sidebar to the right.).
At the Novice level, the entire course is completed on lead. For the Intermediate, 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.
Unlimited 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.
At 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, Intermediate 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 Intermediate, Advanced and Excellent levels, hand claps and leg taps are penalized. Hands held as if food is in it will also be penalized.
New AKC Award
Highest Scoring Triple Qualifying Score– Ribbon or rosette
The dog receiving the highest combined score in Advanced B, Excellent B and Master class will be awarded the ribbon and any prizes offered for this placement after the Advanced B, Excellent B and Master classes have been judged and after the announcement of those final scores.
BOTH the RAE and Triple Qualifiers are awarded at AKC Shows.
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New Titles and Awards were approved by the Board April 2017
Changes to the Rally Victor/Victrix were also approved as follows:
- A score of 97 or better in the Master Class and a score of 99 or better in both Advanced and Excellent for a total combined score of 295 out of 300.
- Dog must have no disqualifying faults as described by the AKC Standard for the German Shepherd Dog as verified by any licensed AKC judge, at the discretion of the Rally Chair, pass upon the Rally Select.
- The Dog must AKC Registered, not ILP.
- Regardless of AKC rules, spayed/castrated dogs that otherwise meet the Standard are acceptable.
- Trophy but no cover of the Review.
- One owner must be a GSDCA member as with any Parent Club Awards
RACH – Rally Champion The criteria to earn the RACH title (sounds like “ROCK”) requires the team to earn 20 triple qualifying scores; qualifying in the Advanced B, Excellent B and Master classes at the same trial, at 20 separate events, plus earn 300 RACH points from the Excellent B and Master classes. Points are determined by a dog’s score. At least 200 RACH points must be earned from the Rally Master class.
Effective February 1, 2019, points come from all 3 levels, Advanced B, Excellent B, and Master. You must still earn 300 points, but only 150 of the points must be from the Master class. The point values were also changed at that same time. A “perfect 100” is now worth 10 points. Points now start accruing once you’ve earned the Rally Excellent title, so that your initial Master title garners you points toward the RACH.