Asca Rally Signs Demonstrated

Signs 1-10           11-20

  

 

lly Training Videos thanks to the kind works of Rally Judge Ruthann McCaulley... Thanks again Ruthann; and thanks for the permission to post your great work on my website:) ... Ken

 

 

 

Here are two similar videos with Delia doing rally - these were done to demo several exercises to people who must train alone and had requested help.  Sometimes D does better than other times, but you'll get a good idea.  She is low drive and low energy, but she did earn a perfect score for her second RN leg.  She is now concentrating on utility,and will return to rally when she finishes her UD.  OR maybe her UDX.  ;-)  D is 7 1/2 years old.  We train in the city park, with lots of distractions etc.  Delia is my husband's heart and soul dog, but she is my team mate.  Delia also did agility, and has two AKC novice titles and two NADAC novice titles but is now retired from agility except for demos at schools etc.

 

 

Here is how you can work with your dog on teaching them to heel, and pay attention to you.

Worked with a student and 7 mo old GSD this AM demonstrating/teaching how I teach attention/ focus and "choose to heel".  This is the first step in a process -  Sherie and Schatzi are both new to all of this dog training stuff so Sherie is learning HOW to train while Schatzi is being trained - - You can see improvement in both dog and handler in just this short segment.  I was working with both of them very briefly on Thurs AM, but we went into much more detail on how to work on getting the dog to love being in heel position today, and I didn't do any of the attention/focus work on Thurs so that was all new.

Here I am with Wally showing another step in the teaching process .....much farther along.

 

Tess, a 1 1/2 year old Italian Greyhound who has never competed in Rally (she's ALMOST ready) demonstrating how to teach the R and L finish.  Alice then demonstrates how I like to teach the dog to come to a front after sitting at heel - for RA exercises 41 & 42.  Again, it was beautiful, but rather windy.

Rally class  Videos taken during an actual rally class with a variety of dogs at a variety of training levels.  Notice the difference in attention, heeling, brisk pace or lack of.  Comments are made during the exercise to help you learn to train as well as see what is good and not so good about a performance.   OR what could be IP or not in competition.
Briefly one way to work on #40 halt, side step right halt.

 

 

DOWN, STOP AND DOWN, AND MOVING DOWN WALK AROUND
More detailed instruction on teaching the down, stop and down, and moving down walk around

Moving Down    This was done in 07 while it was still called moving down, but performance is still the same, only the name has changed.)
Anne and Conor, the first BC, do a nice down, but Anne's footwork is rather suspect.  She brings her back foot up to meet the front one after the dog is down, which some judges could consider to be an extra foot movement after the down.  Since this didn't aid the dog in going down, it could be scored as HE or nothing at all.  It would be safer for her to be sure she stopped before she told the dog to down, then there would be no question in the mind of any judge.  Elka, the Mini Schnauzer did her first moving down, and is just learning everything.  This is one way to teach it.  Note how Susan helps Elka go down into a fold back down rather than letting her sit first.  Ideally you should work on the down first, and when the dog can do the down, begin asking the dog to down in heel position, then add the down while moving. 

360 Left and 360 R In this video the GSD is a good example of how NOT to do the 360 L.  He is not backing around at all but moved in front of the handler and is following her around head first - which is not heel.  I've suggested many times to use a doggie in a basket, heeling dowel, or work in a corner but it hasn't happened in training yet.....and the dog isn't going to understand how to move his back end until the handler helps him realize that the back end CAN move apart from the front end.  Anne and BC Conor do an acceptable 360 but the circle is still a little larger than I really like to see with my students - I push them very hard - and they love it.  ;-) 

 

 

360 Left and 360 R 
In this video the GSD is a good example of how NOT to do the 360 L.  He is not backing around at all but moved in front of the handler and is following her around head first - which is not heel.  I've suggested many times to use a doggie in a basket, heeling dowel, or work in a corner but it hasn't happened in training yet.....and the dog isn't going to understand how to move his back end until the handler helps him realize that the back end CAN move apart from the front end.  Anne and BC Conor do an acceptable 360 but the circle is still a little larger than I really like to see with my students - I push them very hard - and they love it.  ;-) 

 

 

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Halt sit, halt sit walk around, halt sit down, halt sit down walk around - some good, some not so good, which is how this all goes most of the time.

three videos on training the new Non Regular exercises AND the moving down walk around - compared with the stop and down - - how to perform AND how to train - at least one way to train, there are more.  Wally, my "dream dog" Aust Terrier does his stuff - - and Delia, my unofficially retired Chihuahua joins in briefly

 

 

Halt 1-2-3 steps forward and CF 1-2-3 steps back
GSD handler does this correctly but has some issues.  Her steps are quite small, which is OK, but the last step is so small that it could really make the judge wonder did she or didn't she, especially if the judge wasn't standing right across from her to be able to see her take the step.  She also waits too long before starting forward, altho the dog doesn't sit so she should be OK on this exercise. You can hear the GSD handler counting out loud, which is a very good thing to do. 

  

 

 

FOOTWORK

Footwork useful for Rally obedience demonstrated.  More information, photos and complete diagrams are available in my book Doodle by Design, The Comprehensive Guide to Rally Obedience - available at www.dogagility.org/store

 

Footwork part1

 

Footwork part2

 

 

NON-REGULAR SIGNS FOR T-CHALLENGE CLASS

 NonRegular Rally exercises #1-4-5-6-5-7  Demonstration of how to do these, as well as a few training tips with Wally, my Australian Terrier 


  NonRegular Rally Exercises 2&3  How to do and train the new non-regular exercises pivot 90 R and L move forward.  Note Wally sits or comes VERY close to it nearly every time on the P L - - so really train and watch.  We're still very new into the training of this - all dogs need to work through all of the training steps.

 

 

Here is the newest video MSSR, HSSRH, and Turn R call to heel  (20, 40 & 35)

 

Higgins, the OES, was not having a good day.  (He is the #1 herding OES in the whole US and the only OES to have a cattle herding title.  He can also be a poop!!)  Note distraction heaven as they clean up from the Festival of the Southwest last weekend - there is also carnival stuff out of the camera. 

Only Higgins has a rally title (RA) , Schatze earned her first RN Q last weekend (not her best run for sure, but a Q) and is only 10 mo.  Sophie has only been training since just after Christmas break.   All other dogs have been working, but never trialed.

attention - starting with "airplane" attention.  Very vague, but will give you an idea.

Teaching the Kick back stand

AKC Call Front Exercises & Demonstration of performance and judging critique of halt about turn R and L - also comparison to the 180 pivots R & L

 

 
Here is a video with a short clip of about all I know about teaching the back up.  Use this as a guide, use them all (I did) use one, some, combine or make up your own.  Once the dog is backing up, it's EASY to

plug it into #49 - - back up in heel

 

 

ONe LAST TIME     the side steps # 20 and #40 MSSR and HSSRH demonstrated, how to perform, how to do them, how to teach them

 

 

 

I do think I say you sit and the dog sits at one point - - this was an actual class situation, and done toward the end of class, with the lovely high desert AZ temps pushing 80 already (it was about 9:30) and my brain was fried.

Special thanks to my students who are picked on to the IIIINTH degree - - but they "luv me" - - I hope.  At least they come back for more.

I luv them too - - they are very special "teams' of varying amounts of training.  Schatze, GSD, entered her first trial at the GSDCSAZ specialty in March and earned her first leg.  I thought her owner, Sherie, would die from nerves.

Tess, the IG, was in one match and she cleaned up.  Her owner is coming to rally from conformation with Akitas - - some years ago. 

Elka is the cutest Mini Schauzer that you've ever seen.  She's on the "tiny' side and I may try to snag her.  Her owner usually works with OES, and you've seen them in other videos - - so this is a "back breaking challenge" to say the least.

 

ATTENTION, FOCUS, NO SNIFF
Because someone asked for more details, here is one more video on how I work on attention, focus, and some no sniff comments

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Wally's 192.5 NQ at Flagstaff in novice obedience

 

 

 START LINE FOLLIES
Yesterday in class with the temps approaching what turned out to be a new record in Tucson (we were a little cooler but may have been record here too) after working on the RN course that was set up, we discussed what to wear and what to do and not to do at the start line.  Then we did a video.  We had discussed what was good and bad, but didn't have a "plan' as we started, so no one knew what the other was going to do when they stepped into the ring.  You can hear the comments - and some of the ladies loved playing Judge. 

Hopefully this will illustrate things that happen way too often at the start line.  This is not all the mistakes, but will give you a good idea.  Also some very good examples, and a start line routine.

At the end you'll see the course we'd run that day.  The course map posted is what we started with - the actual course you see Rusty run had changed slightly - there was a L turn before the serpentine and the halt sit down was changed to stop and down.  If you wnt the map, you can e-mail me at hovowart@cox.net and put start line course in the subject line.  I'll send you the original and revised course - RN courses.

grouped all of these together as Rally Rules, Taking Charge of Your Performance in the Ring – with the information  ”Many rally exhibitors don't know the rules, don't understand the rules, and don't understand how to apply the rules (specifically the exercise descriptions and principal parts of the exercise description) to their performance. What must they do to avoid the dreaded "IP" (Incorrect Performance) with their dog? How should they train? What should they strive for? What is good and what is bad when it comes to their dog's sit - what is brisk heel - what is a straight down - and the list goes on and on. In this series of videos my Tues AM rally class students and dogs demonstrate different exercises - and we discuss the details of each. There are some beautiful examples, some examples of things that need improvement, and some really bad examples. It's hoped that by calling attention to the fine details these videos will help those who have to train alone improve their understanding of the rules and the application of them. BUT - the video is NOT a substitute for actually reading and studying the AKC Rally Regulations - so do that first, and then these videos will help you a lot more

Rally Rules Part 2 Making the Most of Your Performance in the Ring

 

 

 Rally Rules Part 3 Novice Call Frongs

 

Rally Rules Part 4      Stop and Down  Here are notes and demos of the stop and down - which always seems to give exhibitors problems understanding the exercise description. You will also see a wonderful example of teamwork by one of the cutest dogs ever.

 

Mastering the Left About Turn    Someone had been having problems with this about a month ago and I promised to work on some video – finally did it

 

 Offset Figure 8

 

 Pivots Part 1  90 degree L and R

 

Pivots Part 2   180 L and R

 

 Turn Right One Step Call to Heel ( only exercise the dog does not move with u. step NOT pivot)

 

Halt About Turn L or R Forward

Just for fun videos – my wonderful friend Bethany came to visit from Texas for a week.  We did rally, agility, obedience, and lots of spinning, knitting, carding and fiber stuff.  Her visit with my rally class was a fun day of working the dogs and just enjoying what we do together.

And Wally’s first Q in Open obedience on Oct 31

On Oct 31 Wally earned his first Q in Open obedience - and he did it with style placing 2nd in a class of 11 dogs entered. To top it off, we were also High Scoring Terrier at the trial, which was a very pleasant surprise as I didn't even realize there was a prize for that.

 

 

What Great Training Resources!!!!!!