Dog training students receive awards
— Several students of Your Dog's Place Dog Training, a Honesdale based dog training facility, recently received ribbons and titles in the popular dog sport of Rally Obedience.
Rally is a fun and exciting team sport for dogs and their handlers. In Rally, dog and handler teams navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform such as Sit-Down-Sit, Sit - Walk around dog, Right, Left and About Turns, Figure 8 around cones, Send Over Jump, Recall Over Jump.
Teams navigate the course at a brisk, continuous performance without direction from the judge. The dogs must stay with the handler during the course, walking politely on their leash in level one, and off leash in higher levels, while responding to the handlers request to perform the exercises instructed on the signs.
Handlers are encouraged to talk to their dogs during the performance and may reward their dogs in the ring.
The exercises in Rally are great practice for good manners in real life, and through dog and handler teamwork, help to improve the dogs focus on the handler.
An attentive, well mannered dog is a pleasure to live with and easier to take places than an inattentive dog that lacks manners. Imagine being able to walk down the street with your dog walking at your side, stopping to sit while you chat with some friends, or a trip to the vets office where your dog does a reliable down stay in the waiting room, amongst the ruckus of the other dogs in the room.
Dogs of any age can participate in Rally, as can dogs of any breed or mix and dogs with disabilities are also encouraged. It's the perfect next step after a kinder puppy, or basic obedience class.
The courses are different each time, so dog and handler must be attentive to each other in order to complete the exercises completely.
While many people enjoy competing with their dogs in Rally, it is not a requirement to participate in classes.
At Your Dog's Place, officials feel that time spent working with your dog is always time well spent and many students attend weekly classes for the sheer enjoyment of spending time with their dog in a structured environment, while learning more focus and control. For more information about Rally, visit http://www.apdt.com/rally/about/.
To learn how to sign up for an upcoming Rally class, or other dog training classes contact Sue Frisch at Your Dog's Place at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-729-8977.