Rally-O is a combination of obedience and agility and is suitable for all ages of dogs and people. It is ideal for young and old dogs, as young dogs can learn more in a relaxed environment, and old dogs can keep active whilst not overdoing it! It is fun for the owners and not as physically demanding as agility. You can participate just for fun or if you wish compete at competitions or interclub link held on the club grounds.
Both DOGS NZ and NZARO offer Rally-O. NZARO also offers ZOOM (no halts) and Handy dog (changes of side and some agility equipment). In a competition the handlers walk the course to familiarise themselves with the signs, and the course is timed. Training involves the handlers learning what the signs mean, and then training their dogs to do the skills associated with the signs. Rewards are used at first and then gradually phased out so that the dogs are able to link more and more stations/signs together and eventually do a whole course with just a reward at the end.
Requirements for those enrolling are:
1. Dogs must have passed the Canine Good Basics and preferably the Dog Manners class.
2. Dogs must have a good level of control.