Rally

Rally (also known as Rally Obedience or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience. The competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The team starts with 100 points, and the judge deducts points for mistakes. Herding dogs can earn titles, which appears after the dog's registered name. Each qualifying trial earned is known as a leg.
 
Key show site/trial notes
We EXPECT good sportsmanship! Any person who is not respectful WILL be excused from running immediately upon notice for the length of that show! That goes for fellow exhibitors or any rough handling of dogs. Any judge or show committee member has the authority to dismiss the handler if poor sportsmanship is witnessed.
We EXPECT all exhibitors to clean up after their dogs on all show grounds and hotels you may be staying at. We want to be welcomed back so we have places to put on shows.
No exhibitor or dogs are allowed in the Rally ring when not being used without permission.
Dogs not entered in the trial may not use the course.
Only exhibitors entered in a respective class are to be in the ring during the walk thru unless you have cleared it with the judge/show chairman.
Dogs must be under the handler's control when entering and exiting the ring. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
No food, treats, toys or training devices are allowed within 10 foot of the ring. This includes human food. No clickers or squeaky toys within distraction distance from the ring. The handler may not use anything to aid the dog’s performance outside of verbal or visual commands to guide the dog on course.
ALL judges’ decisions are FINAL! If you have a complaint or issue with any rulings/placements please see the show committee page for instructions. 
 Any dog eliminating during the competition will result in a disqualification (NQ)

  Q's Required title High-Performance Points Title
Beginner (qualifying score is 80 or higher) 3 0 BRD (Beginner Rally Dog)
Intermediate (qualifying score is 85 or higher) 4 5 IRD (Intermediate Rally Dog)
Master (qualifying score is 95 or higher) 5 10 MRD (Master Rally Dog)
Champion (qualifying score is 95 or higher) 10 15 CHRD (Champion Rally Dog)
*Grand Champion (qualifying score is 95 or higher) 15 20 GCHRD (Grand Champion Rally Dog)
**National Champion (qualifying score is 95 or higher) 20 25 NGCHD (National Grand Champion Rally Dog)
*Grand Champions-must defeat at least 5 dogs in one class to earn the title      
**National Champion-must defeat at least 10 dogs in one class to earn the title      
**National Champions can only be finished at the year-end show.      
For runs that have jumps please see the agility page for jump heights.      
       
Points added for High-Performance Score      
First Place   15  
First Place without competition   10  
Second Place   10  
Second Place without competition must defeat at least one dog   5  
Third Place   5  
Fourth Place   4  
Fifth Place   3  
 
Shade Tree K9 Events has printable record sheets you can use to keep track of your results in the forms section online. Please print them out to have with you at trials.
Every exhibitor is responsible for keeping track of their own records. You will not be forced to move up a level until you are ready. When you are ready for a title and to move up a level turn in your tracker for Shade Tree K9 Events to verify.
We will be awarding all qualifying runs with a Q ribbon & placements from first (1st) through fifth (5th) in each level.
Title ribbons at each level will be awarded along with a certificate of completion. Certificates will be mailed.
Dogs must be at least 3 months old to compete. No dog may earn a Masters title until they are one (1) year old.
A dog may compete under a judge who is a member of the same household.
Judges may show in Performance classes as long as there is a second qualified Judge available to judge that performance.
 
FEO policy (for exhibition only)
FEO runs will not be eligible for placements (or for qualifying)
The dog will be subject to a Maximum Course Time (MCT). This is typically 1.5 times Standard Course Time (SCT).
Dogs must be at least 3 months old to participate in FEO runs.
Dogs may be on the lead for FEO but dogs being drug or handled roughly will be excused.
 
Course Requirements
Beginner - 10 to 15 signs on lead (5 extra points will be awarded for off lead)
Intermediate -15 to 20 signs with 2 advanced signs (5 extra points will be awarded for off lead)
Master 20 to 25 signs, off the lead, with a minimum of 5 advanced signs & jump
Champion 20 to 25 signs, off the lead, with a minimum of 2 excellent signs
Grand Champion* 20 to 25 signs, off the lead, with a minimum 5 excellent signs
National Champion** 20 to 25 signs, off the lead, with a minimum 8 excellent signs
*Grand Champion Trick title plus must defeat at least 5 dogs in one class to earn the title
**National Champions can only be earned at the Year end show
 
Signs should be placed to the right of the handler's path.
Signs indicating a change in direction should be placed directly in front of the team.
Signs that require the handler and dog to sidestep to the right will be placed in the initial path of the team.
In the case of tied scores, the dog completing the course in the least amount of time will receive a higher placement.
 
Minor Deduction Substantial Deduction Major Deduction
1-2 points for each of the following: 1-10 points for each of the following: (6-10 points) for each of the following:
  • Tight Leash
  • Dog interfering with handler
  • Out of position sits
  • Slow or delay or resistance to respond
  • Touching or ticking a jump or pylon
  • Knocking over a sign or holder
  • Touching the handler
  • Out of position
  • Retry of a sign — only one (1) retry of each sign will be allowed unless otherwise stated
  • Retry of a sign is an automatic 3-point deduction
  • Retry of a sign, only one (1) retry of each sign will be allowed unless otherwise stated
  • Pylon knocked over on Figure Eight, Spiral, Serpentines or Cloverleaf
  • Lack of control
  • Lack of teamwork
  • Lack of briskness
  • Handler error
  • Loud command or intimidating signal
  • Excessive Barking
  • Hitting the jump
  • Incorrectly performed sign (Automatic 10-point deduction)
  • Incorrectly performed sign (Automatic 10-point deduction)
  • Failure to complete the Sit Stay, no retries allowed in Master and above
  • Failure of the dog to clear the jump properly on the first attempt, no retries allowed in Master and above
  • Knocking over the jump or upright or knocking a bar off retries allowed in Master and above
  • Luring/pleading with the dog in Master and above
  • Touching the dog
 
Beginner - 10 to 15 basic signs
Intermediate -15 to 20 signs with 2 advanced signs (5 extra points will be awarded for off lead)
Master 20 to 25 signs, off the lead, with a minimum of 5 advanced signs and jump
Champion 20 to 25 signs, off the lead, with a minimum of 2 excellent signs
Grand Champion* 20 to 25 signs, off the lead, with a minimum 5 excellent signs
National Champion** 20 to 25 signs, off the lead, with a minimum 8 excellent signs