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Rally obedience was introduced by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2005, and since then has become hugely popular. Ask many GCOC members and they will quickly admit they are "Rally Junkies!"

So what is rally, exactly?
The AKC describes rally as "a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the rally judge. The judge tells the handler to begin, and the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10-20 depending on the level).

Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the skill that is to be preformed. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience.

The team of dog and handler moves continuously at a brisk, but normal, pace with the dog under control at the handler's left side. There should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during the numbered exercises and between the exercise signs; however, the perfect 'heel position' is not required.

Learn more about AKC Rally Regulations, including a list of Rally signs and their descriptions.

What makes Rally different from traditional Obedience competitions?

Unlike traditional Obedience, communication can be unlimited and is not penalized in Rally. Handlers can talk to, praise, or use any verbal means of encouragement. At the novice and advanced levels, handlers can also pat their legs or clap their hands. Rally is a great way to give teams the confidence and experience they need to continue on to traditional Obedience competitions if they wish.

What does the Greater Columbia Obedience Club offer in Rally?
GCOC Rally instructors have all titled their dogs in Rally and enjoy introducing newcomers to this sport. Rally classes are designed to be taken in sequence to prepare teams to be successful in the Rally ring.

GCOC currently offers AKC Rally, but many members also compete in the Rally venues such as the United Kennel Club (UKC) Rally, CDSP, C-WAGS, and World Cynosport Rally (formerly APDT).

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