Rally, Week 2

Foundation Work from week 2

“Kick-up” Stand
We taught our dogs how to kick up their back legs to get into a stand, rather than the traditional “moving forward” stand. As with the Folding-Down, this will give you quicker times, more precise performance, and a flashier show.

Foot Target & Stick work
We took our Foot Target work to the next level teaching our dogs to yield to the batons, to aid them in rear-end placement. This is a good aid when transitioning off the foot targets.

Paper Plate Fronts
It is important to first practice the Front position with your dog on the foot target. This greatly helps your dog’s clarity. Then transfer to the floor and pretend like your feet are on a paper plate (you can pivot, but not move from that paper plate). You pivot quarter turns and half turns as your dog moves to the Front position. If your dog isn’t straight 95% of the time, stick with the foot targets for now. If your dog is crooked more than 5% of the time, you are actually teaching them to be crooked! Master the Front on a foot target first.

Signs from week 2

20. Moving Side Step Right – While heeling, the handler takes one step to the right, leading with the right foot, and continues heeling along the newly established line. The dog must move with the handler. This sign will be placed directly in line of the team’s path requiring the handler and dog to sidestep to the right to pass the sign.

 
21. Spiral Right – Dog Outside –
This sign requires three pylons placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6-8 feet. The dog and handler must turn to the right to move around each of the pylons.

**There is more than one way to EXIT this station, therefore important to know where the next station is.



22. Spiral Left – Dog Inside –
This sign requires three pylons placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6-8 feet. The dog and handler must turn to the left to move around each of the pylons.



23. Straight Figure 8 Weave Twice –
This sign requires four pylons placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6-8 feet. The dog and handler will enter into the weave with the first pylon on their left side. They must complete the entire weave twice.



24. Serpentine Weave Once –
This sign requires four pylons placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6-8 feet. The dog and handler will enter into the weave with the first pylon on their left side. They must complete the entire weave once.



25. HALT – 1, 2 and 3 Steps
– While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits in heel position. The handler takes one step forward, halts and the dog sits in heel position. The handler takes two steps forward, halts and the dog sits in heel position and then three steps forward, halts and the dog sits in heel position. The dog moves with the handler each time. (Stationary)



26. Call Front – 1, 2 and 3 Steps Backward – Forward –
While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to front. The handler may take several steps backward. The dog must come and sit in front. The handler takes one step backward and halts. The dog must move with the handler and sit in front as the handler halts. The handler takes two steps backward and halts. The dog must move with the handler and sit in front as the handler halts. The handler takes three steps backward and halts. The dog must move with the handler and sit in front as the handler halts. The handler may command/signal the dog to finish. As the dog clears the handler’s path, the handler will heel forward before the dog returns to heel position. (Stationary)



27. Stop and Down –
While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and the dog downs in heel position. The dog must stay down until the handler moves forward. (Stationary)

** There is NO sit here! If your dog sits, you may be penalized as much as getting an “IP” (incomplete performance) and losing up to 10pts.



28. HALT – Fast Forward from Sit –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits in heel position. The dog and handler then heel forward at a fast pace. This must be followed by a normal pace sign. (Stationary)



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HALT – Slow Forward from Sit –While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sitsin heel position. The dog and handlerthen heel forward at a slow pace.  This must be followed by a normal pace sign unless it is the last sign on the course. (Stationary)



29. 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.



32. Figure 8 – No Distractions – This sign requires two pylons spaced approximately 6-8 feet apart. The Figure 8 may be entered with the pylons on either the left or right side. The dog and handler will perform a complete figure 8 around the pylons, crossing the center line three times.



33. HALT – Right Turn – Forward –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits in heel position. The handler and dog turn right together and heel forward. (Stationary)



34. HALT – Left Turn – Forward –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits in heel position. The handler and dog turn left together and heel forward. (Stationary)



41. Offset Serpentine Right –
This sign requires three pylons. The center pylon will be offset to the right by 3-4 feet with the other two spaced approximately 6-8 feet apart. The dog and handler will enter into the weave with the first pylon on their right side. They must complete the entire serpentine together.



42. Offset Serpentine Left –
This sign requires three pylons. The center pylon will be offset to the left by 3-4 feet with the other two spaced approximately 6-8 feet apart. The dog and handler will enter into the weave with the first pylon on their left side. They must complete the entire serpentine together.