Rally is fun and relaxed. You would enter Novice A to begin. Novice B is what you have to enter after you already have attained a title previously.
There are lots of little tips and techniques to get the most out of your score, to be a little "course wise" and avoid common mistakes, so it is great to take a class if you can. An example is counting the number of times you cross through the center of the figure 8 out loud, so you do not get stuck in air traffic control and keep going around too many times, as sometimes nervous novice people do by accident.
You need to earn three legs, and they can't all be under the same judge. In Rally Novice, the judge is looking for a sense of natural teamwork between handler and dog, but you need to know the footwork etc well as a handler to get great scores. A dog with great basics- sit, down, stay, front, finish, swing, and heel etc, will have no problem with Rally Novice, but the handler has to be familiar with the rules & signs.
A nice thing is that it is all "challenge by choice" with some exhibitors really competing for top scores and placements with others truly setting the goal of 70 & qualifying as their benchmark of success. It is between you and your own dog what your goals are.
Tally and I did 20 legs this summer for our RAE, and I did RN with Copley at the same time. The new Call Front, Return To Heel was on almost every course, and the new Figure 8 with No Distractions was literally on every RN Copley and newfie Ruffian did.
Pam Dennison has a book called Click Your Way To Rally O which is a little bit focused on APDT, but includes AKC. It explains each of the exercises in depth.
BISS GCHB CH Tamarack Billions Of Stars Over Poeticgold CD RN TDI CGCA CGCU CGC BPIS Top 20 2015 "Mystic"
Goldiva Raleigh Tangled Up In Blue CD RAE TDI TT CGCA CGC "Tally"
GCH CH Harborview Sweeter Than 'Shine At PoeticGold CGC "Lush"
AM CH Pebwin Reverie SoothSayer CGC "Sayer"
PoeticGold I Named A Star For You CGC "Cambridge"
RainyDay PoeticGold Secret Society " Hiphop"
in memory of "Finn" Sand Dancer's Infinite Sky TDI TT CGCA CGC ( 10/29/2002-11/26/2015)
Last edited by Ljilly28; 12-27-2012 at 04:13 PM.