Pitch is 6mos old now. I am interested in getting into Rally with him. I called one school and they charge $60 for 6 wks. I thought sounded pretty reasonable.
Is 6mos to young, both dog and I are Novice to the sport
What am I looking for in a good Rally School
Any tools I need for the class?
Any other questions I should ask?
No. But your success will depend on how patiently you train and what kind of attention span Pitch has.Originally Posted by MomofalabSame as trad'l obed: Love of dogs, eagerness to see them succeed, ring experience, plenty of patience, helpful tips - so that if Plan A doesn't work, there's a Plan B, Plan C, Plan D... Also a fun and happy class that participants seem eager to go to (you should go and visit several classes, observing).Originally Posted by MomofalabMight be worth your while familiarizing yourself w/the signs. They're on the AKC Web site, if I remember right.Originally Posted by MomofalabHow many shows, on average, does it take your students to earn the titles?Originally Posted by Momofalab
What's your judging experience?
Will you pick me up if I trip and fall over a sign?
*snort*! LOL @ Dan!Will you pick me up if I trip and fall over a sign?
You've got some great advice there from Dan! And no, 6 months is not too young... though it does depend on puppy attention span for sure. I plan on competing in rally with my next pup, as soon as she's 6 months, god willing!
ETA: here's a good linky: http://www.rallyobedience.com/ There's a link on this site that goes through all the different exercises, as well as another link where you can print out the signs.
Good luck!! You're going to get sooo hooked!!
My personal opinion is find a class that will teach you GREAT foundational obedience, doesn't necessarily have to be specific to rally. Many of the Rally exercises are modifications of stardard OB, and once you get bit by the Rally bug and put a title on your boy, you'll be thinking WHAT ELSE and once you get through all the Rally titles, OB is your next step anyway.
I would make sure who ever is teaching you has RING experience themselves.
Have you taken a basic obedience class yet? Rally is based on traditional obedience commands, i.e. sit, stay, stand, etc., so you both will need to be pretty solid on those before moving on to Rally.
Six months does actually sound a little young to me, but keep in mind that I am coming at this from the perspective of having lived with Angus during those months. He was definitely not ready for ANYTHING at six months. So, if you feel ready, you probably are.
Basic obedience class first, though!
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Originally Posted by AngusFangus
Actually, maybe it would be best to go CGC first. Which you can get working traditional obed. My biggest challenges in Rally were the things NOT taught in traditional obed; 270s, etc. Also, doing them backward (Nov Obed THEN Rally) confused me in that I could NOT talk to Wes in the ring, and then I COULD talk to Wes in the ring. Even he was a little puzzled by it:
Me, cheerily: "Stay tight to me, Wes. With me!"
Him, grouchily: "I know, I know! SHEESH!"
I'm working on traditional obedience with Rookie who is also 6 months...when I feel he's ready, I am going to enter him in Rally. I hope to try traditional obedience as well with him eventually.
Dani, Rider & Rookie
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Pitch has been through 2 obediance classes, one a 4wk, and another 6 wk. So he knows the basics, will use them. I admit he has a lot of puppy in him still, and has a bit of a stubborn streak. I think Rally-O is something the two of us could do together. I have been and seen in performed. When I saw it, I kept thinking...this is definetly something I wanna do. I did agility with my old dog, but had to stop when he wasn't dog friendly. I wouldn't mind doing the agility in the future, but know he is too young to start now.
You all gave great pointers, and will check out those websites.
I wholeheartedly agree with this advice. Don't focus on Rally, just start the basic obedience classes and Rally will eventually take care of itself!Originally Posted by CYNLABS