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Rally Signs: To Sit or Not to Sit in Heel Position

Rally Signs: To Sit or Not to Sit in Heel Position

When you are doing a rally class with your dog, do you struggle to remember when to have your dog sit in heel versus moving forward?  If yes, you are not alone!  One of the biggest struggles with Rally is remembering all those pesky little rules.   Let's take a...

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5 Tips to Improve Your Rally Scores!

5 Tips to Improve Your Rally Scores!

Everyone would like to improve their scores in rally! It might be surprising to learn that many points are lost to preventable things, like completing the sign incorrectly. Handler errors are by far the most common reason for deductions in rally. Read on to learn five...

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 Teaching the Stand for Obedience and Rally

 Teaching the Stand for Obedience and Rally

There are a few different ways to teach a stand for obedience and rally.  You can simply teach your dog to walk forward into the stand, but this will result in the dog being ahead of heel position.  Many people choose to teach the dog a kickback stand, meaning that...

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Sensational Sits in Heel Position

In the world of dog performance, achieving flawless sits in heel position is crucial for success. While it may seem like a simple skill, training reliable straight sits requires time, patience, and strategic techniques. In this guide, we'll explore some effective...

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Fabulous Fronts After Jumps

One of the more challenging skills in rally and obedience, for both dogs and their handlers, is the front after a jump. This skill requires the dog to clear a jump and then promptly sit in front of their handler. This is a complex task that can take time to master....

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Mastering Fly: Teaching Your Dog to Circle Around a Cone

In dog training, there is a valuable behavior known as fly which involves teaching a dog to circle a cone. This skill has proven incredibly useful in various training sessions, such as heeling and front games, introducing the concept of striding out on the broad jump,...

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Distracted by Cones: Keeping Your Dog in Heel Position

It's not uncommon for dogs to be distracted by cones during rally or other training exercises such as the obedience figure 8. There could be a few reasons why dogs may be distracted by the cones rather than staying in the correct heel position.     Why Might...

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Lose the Leash: Off-Leash Obedience and Rally Training

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have our dogs on leash when we train for obedience and rally.  Right from the beginning our dogs would learn to stay by our sides and pay attention to us.  I consider myself very fortunate that I have a facility in which I can train off...

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Staying Connected in the Rally Ring

It's not easy to navigate a rally course while staying connected to your dog. Many dogs need a lot of connection from their handlers, and if we don't give it to them they will often disconnect and their attention will wander. When there are a whole bunch of...

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Pay Attention! Teaching Your Dog Eye Contact

If I could pick one behavior that is most important to teach your dog, it would be eye contact.  More importantly, it would be offered eye contact, in other words, you don’t cue it, but rather the dog does it on his own.   Eye Contact Starts Work   I use...

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Pivot Bowl Next Step: Movement!

You've spent some time teaching your dog the value of the pivot bowl and your dog understands how to stay on it.  (If you missed this blog on introducing the pivot bowl, be sure to check it out!)  Next, we'll focus on movement!   Teaching Movement on the Pivot...

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Teaching Lateral Fronts for Better Understanding!

The Rally Master class has lots of fun signs, including the sidestep front signs!  I like to teach my dogs to move laterally (sideways) in both heel and front as I feel it gives the dogs a better understanding of the heel and front positions.  Once a dog understands...

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Teaching the Moving Sit at Distance

If you play rally, obedience, or TEAM, your dog will need to understand how to do a moving sit, when the dog stops motion and sits facing you.  There are two components to this exercise: a sit out of motion and the ability to sit in place at a distance without...

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How To Create a Relaxed Down Stay: Reduce Reinforcement!

Do you want to know the secret to a relaxed down stay?  The ones where the dog just lays down and snoozes while you carry on with your activities?  Let me tell you…   Reduce reinforcement.  Get rid of the treat.  No more cookies during the stay! If the dog knows...

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How Stations Can Save Your Sanity – Part Two!

Part Two: Adding Duration to the Station   Your dog loves the station and will happily race across the room and hop on.  What’s next?   It’s time to add some duration!  After all, the behavior is pretty useless if the dog won’t stay on the station!   If...

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