Rally Obedience

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 New to Ireland …..  RALLY OBEDIENCE

What is Rally Obedience?

Rally Obedience (or Rally O as it is called in the U.S.A.) is a canine sport, new to Ireland, which is derived from the heelwork (walking at heel) elements of competition Obedience.   It is not yet recognised by the Irish Kennel Club.  Competitors and their dogs negotiate a pre-set course designed by the judge where signs stations guide them through the course, requiring them to perform different set exercises.  There are no directions given by the judge or steward, it is up to the competitors to learn the course.  Competitors may use verbal commands and encouragement during the test as is necessary.  Level 1 requires the dog to work on the lead, more advanced levels require the dog to work off lead.


At what age can a dog enter a competition?  (The following are taken from the Kennel Club U.K. Regulations)

Dogs can commence training at any age.

Dogs between the age of 4 months and 6 months can take part at a show – not for competition.

Dogs between 6 months and 12 months can compete in Level 1 and Level 2 at a show.

Dogs over 12 months can compete at all Levels.


How do you progress through the Levels?

New handlers will start at Level 1 A.   Teams compete at one of six levels – Level 1 to Level 6.  Progression through the Levels does not require wins or placings, qualification is achieved by scoring 170 pts or more out of 200 pts on three occasions under different judges.


How do you get started?

You can join a Training Club/Group that has started teaching Rally Obedience.  You can use Facebook page – Rally Obedience Ireland – as a source of information.


DogWise Rally Group.

We are now running a Rally Obedience Group as part of our Wednesday evening classes.  Class takes place every Wednesday for different levels in Woofy’s Training Centre.  See dates & details below.  We also run 1/2 day weekend workshops during the year.


Level 1 & 2 Group

Wednesday’s at 6.00pm & 7.00pm


Level 3 & 4 Group

Wednesday’s at 2.30pm and 8.00pm

Class Fee … €15.00 per dog
Rally Workshop

For details for forthcoming Workshops, go to the Workshops page.

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