Additional Resources

Regulation Rally Signs
These are full-size, printable signs. You can also RIGHT-click on the link and "Save as PDF" to your computer.

 

Rally Signs with Description
If you plan to show, you will want to print the Signs with Descriptions to bring with you!

 

Rally Regulations/Rulebook amended Feb. 2019
Rules, classes, sign descriptions, etc.

Warmups!

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Warmups are super important this week! Spend significantly more of your training time than usual on them. To offset the lengthier foundation practice, we review slightly less signs this week.

*Links are to video reviews.

 

Focus largely on backing up as well as spins & twirls! This will come in super handy next week!

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The “stand” is a short pause. 

214. Stand - Right Turn - Forward - While heeling, the handler stops and without touching the dog, the dog stands in heel position. The dog and handler turn right and then heel forward. (Stationary) 

214. Stand - Left Turn - Forward - While heeling, the handler stops and without touching the dog, the dog stands in heel position. The dog and handler turn left and then heel forward. (Stationary) 

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Remmeber to practice your footwork!

212. About Turn Right - About U Turn - While heeling, the dog and handler turn 180° to the right, take two or three steps forward and then turn 180° to the left. 

213. About U Turn - About Turn Right - While heeling, the dog and handler turn 180° to the left, take two or three steps forward and then turn 180° to the right. 

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211. Double Left About Turn – While heeling, the handler will make an about turn to the left, while at the same time the dog must move around the handler to the right and into heel position. The handler will take two or three steps before the dog and handler make a second about turn to the left. 

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304. Call Front - Move 2 Side Steps Right - Finish Forward - While heeling, the handler stops and calls the dog to front. The handler may take several steps backward. The dog must come and sit in front. The handler will take two steps to the right and the dog must move with the handler. When the handler stops moving the dog must sit in front. Without moving their feet, the handler may command/signal the dog to finish. The dog must finish to the right or left. As the dog clears the handler’s path, the handler will heel forward before the dog returns to heel position. (Stationary)

305. Call Front - Move 2 Side Steps Left - Finish Forward - While heeling, the handler stops and calls the dog to front. The handler may take several steps backward. The dog must come and sit in front. The handler will take two steps to the left and the dog must move with the handler. When the handler stops moving the dog must sit in front. Without moving their feet, the handler may command/signal the dog to finish. The dog must finish to the right or left. As the dog clears the handler’s path, the handler will heel forward before the dog returns to heel position. (Stationary)

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Start super easy. Even with just a piece of masking tape on the floor. Your goal is 100% success! It's hard for humans, but do NOT push your dog to the point of failure. Not even "just to see where they are." Every time your dog fails, the harder it will be to stop them from disengaging.

108. Offset Figure 8 – This sign requires two pylons spaced about 6 –8 feet apart. The two distractions will be placed to the sides about 5-6 feet apart. The Figure 8 may be entered with the pylons on either the left or right side.

The dog and handler and will perform a complete figure 8 together around the pylons, crossing the center line three times without disturbing the distractions. The distractions will be securely covered containers with tempting dog treats or dog safe toys may be used in place of dog treats. 

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If your dog isn't up to 6' send aways to pylon/foot target, work this closer. Don't push your dog to the point of failure.

306. HALT - Send Away Sit - Return - Follow Arrow Forward – The pylon will be placed approximately 6 feet away from the sign. While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. When sent, the dog must go to the area of the pylon stop and sit with its attention on the handler, but it need not sit squarely. The dog must stay while the handler returns to heel position. The handler may return to heel position by going directly to heel or walking around behind the dog. The handler must pause before heeling forward in the direction of the arrow. Sign 306A must be used with this sign. (Stationary)

307. HALT - Send Away Sit - Return - Follow Arrow Right – The pylon will be placed approximately 6 feet away from the sign. While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. When sent, the dog must go to the area of the pylon stop and sit with its attention on the handler, but it need not sit squarely. The dog must stay while the handler returns to heel position. The handler may return to heel position by going directly to heel or walking around behind the dog. The handler must pause before heeling to the right in the direction of the arrow. (Stationary) Sign 307A must be used with this sign.

308. HALT - Send Away Sit - Return - Follow Arrow Left – The pylon will be placed approximately 6 feet away from the sign. While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. When sent, the dog must go to the area of the pylon stop and sit with its attention on the handler, but it need not sit squarely. The dog must stay while the handler returns to heel position. The handler may return to heel position by going directly to heel or walking around behind the dog. The handler must pause before heeling to the left in the direction of the arrow. (Stationary) Sign 308A must be used with this sign.

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317. HALT - Leave - Recall - Finish Right – Sit - While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must stay while the handler leaves and walks approximately 15 feet to the Call sign, turns and faces the dog. When called, the dog must go directly to the handler and sit in front. Without moving their feet, the handler may command/signal the dog to finish. The dog must finish right and sit in heel position. (Stationary)

Backing up in varying directions, as well as spins & twirls, will be very important next week!

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