Rally is the newest AKC dog sport that is taking the nation by storm. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. Dog and handler teams make their way at their own pace through a Rally course. At each station is a sign that instructs the team to perform an obedience exercise, such as "Sit," "About Turn," or "Call Dog Front." Handlers can offer shout–outs to their dogs while they make their way through the course. They can talk to their dog, clap their hands, pat their leg, and repeat commands. Rally is a great way for dog owners new to competition to get started. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Rally provides a link from the Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program to obedience or agility competition, both for dogs and handlers, in all levels. Just not sure who enjoys it more!


Your dog first needs some basic obedience training and the understanding of how to walk on a loose leash, sit, down, stay and come before enrolling in a Rally class. Many AKC clubs and other training schools offer Rally classes, instructed by experienced trainers who have earned titles and awards in obedience competitions with their own dogs. These people have the latest scoop on training techniques. You can even check out a class before signing up for a training course. In class, instructors will show you how to train your dog and will expect you to practice at home. The younger the dog, the shorter the practice sessions should be. For the best rock star results, both you and your dog should enjoy frequent short sessions, combined with some play and rewards.

Information about AKC Rally Trials

Contact AKC Customer Service at 919-233-9767 or to inquire about rally information and the following resources:
  • Getting Started in Obedience, Agility, Tracking, and CGC—Informative brochure that outlines the basics of getting started in AKC Companion Events.
  • Rally Regulations, Rally Judges Guidelines, The Steward in Rally—A comprehensive booklet giving the regulations and guidelines for AKC Rally® trials at which titles are earned. The AKC OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS are also included in the same booklet.