Obedience training has great practical value for everyday management and enjoyment of a companion dog and offers a great foundation for all other training, such as Agility or Rally Obedience. Canadian Kennel Club Obedience competition is offered at three primary levels - Novice, Open, and Utility. At the Novice level, about half the exercises are performed on leash, and the other half off leash. At each higher level of competition, the dog is expected to perform more difficult exercises, all of them done off leash. In Open, these include jumping, retrieving and stay exercises with the handler out of sight. At the Utility level, many of the exercises are performed a great distance from the handler, such as the Signal exercise, which also means no verbal commands are allowed! This can take years of training. In addition, preparatory and transitional classes are offered, as well as some specialty classes such as a team class in which 4 team members perform simultaneously. All obedience competitions are scored out of a maximum possible 200 with points deducted from that score for any handler or dog errors. The Skaha Kennel Club offers Obedience Trials at our Show every year. If you are interested in competing, find a reputable trainer that also competes at a high level, and whose dogs look like they are enjoying their work. Rally Obedience (Rally O)
Rally Obedience (RallyO) is intended to promote positive relationships between dogs and owners based on trust and respect. RallyO encourages participation of ALL dogs purebred or mixed breed, pets or titled champions as well as physically-challenged dogs and/or handlers.
ATTITUDE is more important in RallyO than precision. Dogs and handlers "just gotta have fun."
The concept of a single continuous performance, uninterrupted by orders from the judge, demands a sustained communication between the dog and handler. The handler may talk and give hand and body signals to his or her dog throughout the performance. This provides a mental stimulus for the handler as the course outlines are different at each trial.
RallyO is a program for dogs and their owners. Dog and handler use directional signs to go through a numbered course within an allotted time.
RallyO goes beyond basic heeling by interspersing over 40 obedience movements with the sits, turns and paces of traditional heeling. It also requires a brisk pace, positive attitude and happy demeanor.
RallyO is a venue for those who desire an activity that is fun and games. It is not simple or easy, but challenges handlers and dogs in a partnership that improves heeling and teamwork. The ability to work as a team during a RallyO performance, the handler’s ability to maintain the dog's attention and attitude at a high level are all challenges. This, along with variability incorporated into course designs and formats, creates a fast moving continuous performance.
RallyO is designed so that dogs at all levels of training may participate. A beginner’s course may include heel, sits, turns, pace changes, sit-stay and elements of recall. As the dogs gain skill, more difficult elements are incorporated into the courses which will improve you and your dog’s performance levels and confidence. RallyO is offered by CARO (Canadian Association of Rally Obedience), CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), AKC (American Kennel Club) and UKC (United Kennel Club) trials. The APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) also offers RallyO titles.
Skaha Kennel Club obedience and rally obedience classes are offered when there is enough demand.