Rally, Week 5

Foundation Exercises

  • Send to Target– Goal is 6′.
  • Send to Pylon (cone)- Goal is 6′.
  • Distance Commands– Goal is 6′ away. Keep using the foot target if needed! When your dog is 100% fluent, you can fade it.
  • Fronts OFF foot Target– Make quarter-turns, as if YOU are on a paper plate, and have your dog sit in Front position. Repeat. Remember to do both directions.

 

Moving Positions
While heeling, and without stopping or pausing, we asked our dogs to Sit, Down, or remain Standing (and stop/stay). Upon command, our dog takes the requested position and stayed while we continued moving forward, without pause. If your dog takes a while to move into position, still KEEP YOUR FEET MOVING! Even if you aren’t going anywhere, because your dog is struggling to take a position. March in place if you have to, but keep your feet moving! Moving commands are difficult and takes practice and SPEED! Speed is everything when it comes to moving commands!

Doggie Burpees!

There were two burpee versions:

  1. Stand, Sit, Down, [up]Sit, Stand.
  2. Stand, Down, Stand.

Burpees her our dogs learn to take positions changes form all other positions, as well as work on speed.

Speed Drills!
It’s important that our dogs learn how to make quick position changes from each of the other positions. E.g. Downing from a Sit is different than Downing from a Stand, etc.

We learned techniques to increase speed during position changes, including drills where our dog ran towards us while we moved briskly backwards, then asked for a command such as down or sit (and lure). We also learned how using play, especially toys, can significantly help improve speed. Additionally, you need to have twice as much energy (praise and excitement) as you expect for your dog! Dog training is exhausting!

Signs


118. HALT – Leave 2 Steps – Call to Heel – Forward
– While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must stay while the handler takes two steps forward and pauses. The handler begins to heel forward and commands the dog to heel. The dog must speed up noticeably to return to heel position. (Stationary)



121. HALT – Step in Front – Finish Right – Forward –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The handler steps in front to face the dog. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must finish right. As the dog clears the handler’s path, the handler will heel forward before the dog returns to heel position. (Stationary)



122. HALT – Step in Front – Finish Left – Forward –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The handler steps in front to face the dog. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must finish left. As the dog clears the handler’s path, the handler will heel forward before the dog returns to heel position. (Stationary)



119. Right Turn – Dog Circles Right – Forward
– While heeling, the handler turns right and the dog circles around the handler to the right returning to heel position and heeling forward. The handler may pause as needed.



120. Left Turn – Dog Circles Right – Forward
– While heeling, the handler turns left and the dog circles around the handler to the right returning to heel position and heeling forward. The handler may pause as needed.


You completed most of the Advanced signs! Now on to Excellent!


201. HALT – Stand – Down –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must stand and then down without the handler moving their feet or touching the dog. The dog must remain down until the handler moves forward. (Stationary)



202. HALT – Stand – Sit –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must stand and then sit without the handler moving their feet or touching the dog. The dog must remain sitting until the handler moves forward. (Stationary)


Moving signs!


205. Backup 3 Steps –
While heeling, the dog and handler reverse direction walking backward at least 3 steps together and then continue heeling forward. The dog must remain standing throughout.


USE FOOT TARGET to help with the signs below:


203. Moving Stand – Walk Around –
While heeling, the dog must stand and stay as the handler, without pausing, walks around behind the dog, returns to heel position and pauses. The dog and handler then heel forward. (Stationary)



204. Moving Down – Walk Around –
While heeling, the dog must down and stay as the handler, without pausing, walks around behind the dog, returns to heel position and pauses. The dog and handler then heel forward. (Stationary)



206. Down While Heeling – Call to Finish – Sit – While heeling, the dog must down and stay as the handler, without pausing, continues about 6 feet to the Call sign and turns to face the dog. Without moving their feet, the handler may command/signal the dog to finish. The dog must finish to the right or left and sit in heel position.(Stationary)



207. Stand While Heeling – Call to Finish – Sit
– While heeling, the dog must stand and stay as the handler, without pausing, continues about 6 feet to the Call sign and turns to face the dog. Without moving their feet, the handler may command/signal the dog to finish. The dog must finish to the right or left and sit in heel position. (Stationary)



208. Stand – Leave – Sit – Call Front – Finish – Sit –
While heeling, the handler will stop forward motion; the dog must stand and stay. The handler will walk about 6 feet to the Call sign and turn to face the dog. The dog must then sit, come and 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 and sit in heel position. (Stationary)



209. Stand – Leave – Down – Call Front – Finish – Sit –
While heeling, the handler will stop forward motion; the dog must stand and stay. The handler will walk about 6 feet to the Call sign and turn to face the dog. The dog must then down, come and 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 and sit in heel position. (Stationary)



299. *Call –
This sign will be used as a marker for associated signs. (See Chapter 2, Section 23)

The “Call sign” is used with 2 signs above.