Perfect Dog Training score

Lianne Hassen is seen here during her perfect score in the ‘Excellent B’ division of AKC Rally. The Excellent B division is the highest division of Rally competitions. Lianne also went on to get another perfect score at the excellent level in her other performance for her title. Here is a video of the other perfect score as well.Here are some tidbits of information about Rally.

Excellent Level- this third and highest level of AKC Rally is the most challenging. The exercises here are not patterned, and your dog must know not only how to do a variety of exercises, but in the sequence that is presented on the particular day. Like agility, the handlers can walk the course to familiarize themselves without their dog before competition.
*Exercises are performed off-leash except for the honor exercise.
*There is a requirement of 15-20 stations, with no more than 7 stationary exercises.
*Handlers are only allowed to encourage their dogs verbally. Physical encouragement is not allowed at this level.
*The Excellent-level exercises include backing up three steps, while the dog stays in the heel position and a moving stand, while the handler walks around the dog.

Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the rally judge. The judge tells the handler to begin, and the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10 – 20, depending on the level). Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed.

The team of dog and handler moves continuously at a brisk, but normal, pace with the dog under control at the handler’s left side. There should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during the numbered exercises and between the exercise signs; however, perfect “heel position” is not required.

After the judge’s “Forward” order, the team is on its own to complete the entire sequence of numbered signs correctly.

Unlimited communication from the handler to the dog is to be encouraged and not penalized. Unless otherwise specified in these Regulations, handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, clap their hands, pat their legs, or use any verbal means of encouragement. Multiple commands and/or signals using one or both arms and hands are allowed; the handler’s arms need not be maintained in any particular position at any time. The handler may not touch the dog or make physical corrections. At any time during the performance, loud or harsh commands or intimidating signals will be penalized.

Rally Signs:

The signs may be any color and they include descriptions as well as directional arrows of exercises. Signs are numbered to make it easy to find the next station when navigating the course.

RALLY SIGNS: All signs are placed to the handler’s right side. The signs are large enough to be easily recognized when going through a course. The exercises designated on the signs will be performed in close proximity to the sign itself, either in front, back of, or beside the sign.

Excellent – this third and highest level of AKC Rally is the most challenging.
*Exercises are performed off-leash except for the honor exercise.
*There is a requirement of 15-20 stations, with no more than 7 stationary exercises.
*Handlers are only allowed to encourage their dogs verbally. Physical encouragement is not allowed at this level.
*The Excellent-level exercises include backing up three steps, while the dog stays in the heel position and a moving stand, while the handler walks around the dog.

A lot of members of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) are involved in this exciting sport!

Here are some other links to Rally.

American Kennel Club – AKC Rally®
Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been
designed by the rally judge. Learn more about Rally titles, regulations, …

American Kennel Club – Getting Started in Rally
AKC Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful
stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen program to the world of …

Rally Regulations
[ pdf ] duct of AKC rally trials and shall apply to all persons. and dogs participating
in them, ….. Rally Excellent (RE) title or any AKC obedience title, …

American Kennel Club – Rally Judges Requirements
Personally owned, trained and titled a dog to an AKC Companion Dog Excellent
title (CDX) and trained and titled a dog to an AKC Rally Excellent title (RE); …

American Kennel Club – AKC Rally® Regulations
AKC Rally® is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has
been designed by the rally judge.

For more info on Lianne Hassen, visit her blog

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