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Make a jump to train with at home - and keep jumps low. You don't need big jumps for rally. <= I don't remember the rules but doubt she'd be jumping more than 12" for rally.
If it helps - here's a quick instruction thingy that I did for somebody else.
If you can get somebody to just cut a piece of vinyl siding (since you only need 1 4 x 10 piece) - you can get this really put together very cheaply.
Even with the $12-15 or whatever it was for the vinyl siding, the entire jump was about $20 bucks to make.
For training - I'd just do treat toss jumps to motivate her.
That's standing in front of the jump with her and training her to jump UP over the jump. You will stay in front of the jump and call her to come and as she jumps back - you are tossing a treat back behind you to reward.
So toss treat forward to send her over and treat toss behind to draw her back. Try not to throw until she's in the air so she's not learning to cheat.
For rally - a lot of people just teach the jog by jumps (where you are running and the dogs jump because the jump's in their path), but I do remember they have "send to jump" commands in advanced (or maybe it's excellent - I forget) which need to be trained anyway.
Jovi is working on 14-16" jumps. By the time he's 15-18 months old, we will start bumping that up to 20" and then 24" after clearances.
You can see in the pic - with 10" jumps he's kinda trotting over instead of jumping.