The Rally Novice Class

August 16, 2009

In the summer of 2007, I saw my first Rally course.  When I was training in Obedience back in the 70’s, Rally didn’t exist.  Kip loved to work with me, so we signed up for the 4-week Rally Novice course at SDOC.  It started in July.  When the four weeks of class ended, we attended the weekly Rally drills.  I entered all three days of trials over Labor Day weekend, and Kip earned his RN.  Last summer, I took Inca through the class, we entered the three-day trial, and she earned her RN.  This summer, Chase and I took the class (it was six weeks long, probably enlarged because Chase’s brain is often focused on other parts of his anatomy).  The class ended today with a scored run.  I used Chase’s buckle collar instead of the prong, and no treats, but he scored in the low 90’s anyway.  So, I sent in the entries for the Labor Day Trials — will he do it?  Can the effervescent Chase focus for long enough to get through three Rally courses in three days.  I guess we’ll all know soon enough.


  1. Dawn Small says:

    Good luck, Penni and Chase!!

  2. Dawn says:

    Cool, can’t wait to hear how it goes for you guys. I am guessing that you will do wonderfully.

  3. Holly says:

    Good luck and HAVE FUN!

  4. Kim says:

    I wish you all luck in the world!

    Let’s just say that Russ and I are off the Rally circuit until he starts thinking with his head again–maybe in year 2020! You haven’t lived until your supposedly well trained dog completely blows you off in the National Specialty Rally ring. His excuse, was…”but Mom the girl in the next county smelled really good!”