A group for those whose corgis are being trained in, got their legs in, or just might be interested in, Rally! http://www.akc.org/events/rally/index.cfm is the AKC site to learn more!
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Thanks! I've signed up for the daily digests. Great to see that there are so many actual judges involved.
Rally-O is a yahoo list. It's a VERY fussy Rally list, but very informative. You just have to make sure that any post has full first and last name, and where you live. I just read it, I never post. (And I keep it in digest mode as it can be very long!) http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Rally-obed/ I haven't received the last digest to see if that was the last response on that question, if you could in fact do it - but you can also go through recent messages once you subscribe. Again, informative list, but I only read, never post, after I specifically posted saying I didnt' want to give name/location due to issues I was having with a local instructor who I thought may be on the list, and the moderator still called me on it. Still, great info ....
Thanks! No that wasn't me...where's/what's Rally-O? I think I need to check it out. :)
I believe you can enter in both Novice B and Advanced A (according to what was just posted on Rally-O - was that you?). But yes once you get your Q in Advanced, you can no longer enter in Novice.... :)
Haven't found any rally fun matches in the area...only obedience.
We've competed in 2 more trials at the Novice B level (1st was a disaster, but I learned something VERY important about Oliver). Second I applied what I learned, and we got a 94.
He's really not ready for Advanced...but I think he's getting bored with the simple stuff in Novice.
Silly question. Is it legit in the AKC to enter both Advanced A and Novice B in the same trial? Oliver hasn't Q'd (or competed in Advanced yet, so he's still eligible for Novice B.
I've read through the rules and the only thing I can find is about competing in bother Novice A & B, etc. in the same trial.
I'm assuming that if we did this, if by some miracle he Q'd in Advanced, we have to scratch our Novice entry.
Grats to Oliver and his RN title run!! Look around for a fun match. They are a great way to test the waters before competition. They are set up just like a trial but only cost between $5 and $10 a run. The judges will tell you what you need to work on and it's great training. We did that before entering into Advanced with Ashton. Going to off lead work was a big leap and knowing we only spent $5 to see issues vs. $28 at a trial makes it some much easier to stomach!
As for us and the Rally front. Not much to report since we haven't been trialing much this year. Ashton got his first leg towards his RAE title at the one and only show we went to this spring. His next Rally trial is next month at the regional specialty. We probably should do some practicing... lol
Well, we did it. Oliver got his 3rd leg in Rally Novice (A) on June 9th. Managed to come in 3rd out of 7 with a score of 95 (tied score with an Aussie Shepherd with a slightly better time). I'm very pleased, but he still needs a lot more practice and exposure before we can think of tackling Advanced. Thank goodness for Novice B. :)
I was debating contacting my old trainer and seeing if she could recommend anyone. She used to work with Patricia McConnell and was just so great with dogs, and had cardigans herself. I guess my main issue is Luke already knows how to heel and most of the rally signs pretty well, but it falls apart when there are distractions. I was kind of hoping to overcome some of that with this obedience class since there are about a dozen people in the class and a conformation class going on at the same time. Our other classes have been like 3 or 4 people max which just isn't doing much to prepare him for a trial environment. He could do an entire rally course without losing focus in that class but a busy room is a whole different story lol.
Thank you for your input. :)
Have you tried contacting your old trainer? Maybe she could give you some tips and some occasional one-on-one classes to get you started.... that's where I'd start anyway, contact your old trainer and tell her your concerns. A lot of times trainers all know each other and she may be able to give some specific recommendations. A lot of the signs are regular obedience type commands that you can practice yourself, like heeling - that is the HUGE one. (Yes, perfect heeling isn't required, but I'd work on that as it is MUCH easier if the dog is actually heeling.) She, or somebody else, can perhaps give you tips on teaching heeling, sits, finishes, etc. and you can practice those on your own. Barring that, one-on-one training would also be a good start, even though eventually you'll need to try to find a place to practice ring experience..... A good trainer who has any knowledge at all of obedience/rally can get you well on your way! AND work with you to undo the fear that may have been created already from the last judge. I don't know if this is at all helpful ... but that's how I'd start, work with this other trainer one-on-one, get some signs and cones to start practicing, and then if you can go to stores or other places to get 'outside' experience! :)
I'm in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Honestly the club is not my first choice for training as I know some of the people there are very old school, but there is hardly anything offered around here for rally or obedience. It's all "pet" type classes, and the one rally class available at a different place I've already taken and isn't offered again for a long while.
The actual trainer for this obedience class is okay and I don't think she would EVER do something like that to Luke, but she does allow people to correct their dogs as they please in her class. Most of the people in the class are breeders or very experienced competitors already. I never expected the judge to behave like that or I NEVER would have brought Luke into the ring. They did groups sits/downs afterwards and I just sat it out.
I just don't know what to do. I could look in neighboring cities I guess but driving 30-60 minutes on the highway in a wisconsin winter doesn't sound like much fun. I wish my puppy/beginner agility trainer taught more advanced classes, she was so wonderful.
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