AKC Rally Obedience Class

Rally obedience training is a great way to build a strong foundation of teamwork between you and your dog, to refine you and your dog's obedience skills, and - it is FUN! AKC Rally is a competition sport (AKC Companion Event) open to all purebred or mixed breed dogs that are registered with the AKC either through the purebred dog registration program, AKC Pet Partners program for mixed breeds or the Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) for purebred dogs that do not have registration papers. The dog and handler proceed through a course of 10-20 stations with a judge in the ring. Teamwork is important; the handler may talk, praise and encourage the dog.  In AKC trials Novice and Intermediate are on-leash while Advanced, Excellent and Master levels are off-leash.

Because Rally requires a high level of focus from your dog, we ask that the following requirements be met in order to take this class:  The dog must

  • be a minimum of six months of age
  • reliably perform (with distractions) Sit, Down, Stay, Leave It, Come, Fronts/Finishes
  • demonstrate focused attention on the handler
  • be able to heel on a loose leash

A brief pre-first class evaluation will help us to determine if your dog meets the above requirements and if a Rally Class will be the best learning experience for you and your dog  If necessary, you will have the option to transfer to one of our obedience classes.

The Novice class will include instruction and demonstration of all 42 Novice signs.  By the end of session the handler will have an understanding of principle parts of each exercise, the scoring system, deductions most commonly occuring for each exercise, and ring and trial etiquette.  Classroom time will be used to review videos and resources.  The team will progress to competition courses and a mock trial on the final day of class.

Handlers participating in the Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Master classes should have a strong understanding of Rally Obedience.  Courses in the class will be designed as competition courses.  More difficult stations will be set up for practice outside of the Rally rings.  Bar, broad and high jumps will be available for practice at various times throughout the session.  Instruction will be self-paced and specific needs and questions may be discussed with the instructor.

Learn more at – www.akc.org/events/rally/.

Training Class Refund Policy And Agreement

By registering for one of our training classes, you are committing to attend the classes offered for the 8 week session.  For your part, you are making a committment to your dog and to us that you will attend the classes and practice the lessons.  For our part, we agree to provide you instruction and guidance for each of the training classes.  We know that life happens and we try our best to accommodate that.  Our training instructors are volunteers, giving of their knowledge and experience so while we want to do our best to be fair to our students with regard to refunds, we also are cognizant that we need to have everyone be respectful of our instructors time.

Below is our policy on refunds:

  • Transfers to another class or refunds may be offered to any student immediately following the first class if they decide the class is not the right fit for them and their dog.
  • If a handler chooses to discontinue the course, (after week one) the handler will not receive the remaining handouts(lesson plans) and are not due any money as a refund.
  • If you or your dog becomes ill and you cannot begin or continue the class, we will allow you to apply your payment and join the next training session in the applicable week you missed.
  • We will not provide refunds for lack of attendance. If due to inclement weather or Marana Parks and Recreation decides to close the park we will not offer refunds for that training session; we will attempt to make up the time.
  • If after review by the instructors involved we decide we cannot offer appropriate training for you and your dog, we will offer you a full refund and provide references to local trainers and behaviorists.  
German Shepherd Dog Club of Southern Arizona, Inc. will not be responsible for loss, damage or injury to dogs, people or property caused by any dog brought to the training grounds. The handler/owner will be responsible for any and all loss, damage or injury caused by his/her dog(s) or children brought to the training grounds or other events sponsored by the Club.
Students under the age of sizteen years must have a parent or guardian in attendance during class.
There is a $35 charge for returned checks.