Can someone explain Agility training and Rally for me. Thanks, appreciate it. 8)
I'd be interested to know about Rally because we don't get that over here.
What exactly do you want to know?
Sue, I think there's an agility section of the forum. I think. :-\
We tried agility with Frankie and he wanted nothing to do with it.
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
Heheh. Really? what happened?We tried agility with Frankie and he wanted nothing to do with it.
Amy, I didn't see a spot for it but anyway why didn't frankie like it? What did they do.? I know Muncie does Rally and I can't remember what that is. Kind of understand agility. I thought since sammie finished the one thing he would like agility.
Those who are active in doing stuff with their dogs usually post over in this forum: Obedience/Tracking
You can go to the AKC page and get some really detailed info about each sport, but the short of it is that Agility is where you teach your dog to go through a series of obstacles. They are judged on their speed and accuracy of doing the exercise. They are varying titles depending on if you include jumps etc. We don't do agility. I'd fall on my face first off, and then our one dog that I thought would like it, HATED it, so we stopped.
Rally is more obedience geared where you walk through a course of signs, and stop at each sign, doing the "exercise" listed on the sign. We love Rally.
Here is a good rally explanation:
There is also a lot of info in the obedience/tracking section of the forum.
Here is the linky: https://www.justlabradors.com/forum/i...oard,10.0.html
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
Rally is pre-obedience/ obedience-light. Rally incorporates all the basics you need to teach your dog for formal obedience, but in a fun atmosphere. You can retry a station if you or your dog execute it incorrectly. You can talk to your dog throughout, use multiple commands, use your hand to guide them, tap your leg, and praise them - the only thing you can't do is touch the dog (unless its for a stand and walk around dog). Rally uses stations such as sit at halt, finish, sit, down, etc. You can find all the signs online and how to work with them.
Agility is training the dogs to run a course with many obstacles. This training takes much longer than Rally because of all the intricacies. First, you teach individual obstacles and jump at low heights, then you combine 1 or 2 obstacles, then more and finally you are doing sequences. As handlers, we learn how to correctly handle our dogs with front and rear crosses, counter-hands, etc. The dog is directed to which obstacle he needs to go to. You do need a solid obedience foundation (whether formal or not) before beginning work in agility. Although agility is fun, as with all sports, the dog has to have the right attitude and drive.
I compete in all three, but started in formal obedience...I still love it - I like the discipline!!!
Thanks so much everyone. Appreciate the info.