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New Meetup: Introduction to AKC Rally Obedience

From: Kasia
Sent on: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 6:01 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for *Houston Active Dogs* (Meetup Group)!

What: Introduction to AKC Rally Obedience

When: Saturday, October 16,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Park/Meadow in the Heights
W 25th St @ Bevis St
Houston, TX 77008

Yet another FREE intro to AKC Rally Obedience in the Houston Heights! Thanks to your awesome attendance and involvement I just can't resist... and here we are.

This time we'll be changing the format a little bit and focus on individual exercises. For those of you who have already attended the Intro there will be more challenging things like the infamous Spiral :-) and we'll have some basic exercises as well.

Bring your dog, a regular non-retractable leash, water for you and your dog and a chair for you if you want to have a place to rest.

Here's how AKC describes the sport of Rally:

"Rally provides an excellent introduction to AKC Companion Events for new dogs and handlers and can provide a challenging opportunity for competitors in other events to strengthen their skills. The dog and handler team move at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition. A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication from the handler to the dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork and enthusiasm as they go through the course."

As of this year mixed breed dogs are allowed to compete alongside with purebred dogs at the AKC Companion events! Dogs off all shapes, sizes and ages have been very successful in Rally and I'm myself a Rally addict :-) If you look for something fun, challenging and easy to practice at your on home - no special equipment required! - Rally is for you!

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