Friday Review: The Ultimate Guide to Rally-O by Deb Eldredge DVM

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rally Obedience, or Rally-o as it is often called, is a dog sport that combines elements of obedience with a bit of agility, is something I have been interested in for Lambeau for a while. Not that I want to compete, but he is still pretty energetic and needs some outlets for it. He tends to pick up new behaviors pretty quickly, so it can be a bit of a struggle to find new things to work with him.

Enter Rally. It’s easy to start. You don’t need any special equipment like you would in agility. All you need is your dog, a leash if he doesn’t work well off, and a few simple props that can be, for home use, found almost anywhere. The book gives some general information about the sports, competing, and where to look for more resources if you want to go on to compete. It then goes through the exercises from beginner to advanced with samples of the signs used in competition, and explanations with tips on each exercise. The explanations are, for the most part, clear and easy to follow. I had to read through a few of them several times to get the idea (and here a good class would be helpful, and definitely necessary if you intend to compete). There is good emphasis on the teamwork between handler and dog, and the bond created when you do work together to accomplish the exercises.

Whether you are looking to compete in the sport, or are just looking for some fun stuff to do with your dog, this guide to Rally-O will give you a good start.

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