Rally is the very latest dog sport to be recognised by the Kennel Club. It’s fun and no matter what level you and your dog may be at it’s easy to get involved and start training and competing.
Rally involves you and your dog working as a team to navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform; think of it as a sort of ‘obedience exercise obstacle course’ including simple exercises.
The course is set by the judge or trainer. There is no pause between exercises – you and your dog work briskly through the course without direction from the judge. You are encouraged to talk to and praise your dog during the performance. Any dog can get involved; your dog does not have to be a pedigree dog to take part, but if you want to compete it must be registered with the Kennel Club on either the Breed Register or the Activity Register.
Further details can be found on the KC website .
Winchester City Dog Training Club held their first Rally show at Shedfield, Hampshire, on Sunday 4th December 2016. Next show – subject to confirmation, Sunday 29th October 2017 at the same venue.
Rally classes are held at Otterbourne Village Hall monthly on a Wednesday evening from 19:35. Sue Garner is the trainer.
Rally weeks for 2017 (subject to change); 18th January, 15th February, 15th March, 5th April, 3rd May, 31st May, 28th June, 2 August, 6th September, 4th October, 25th October and 22nd November.