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Rally-O or Rally Obedience is a relatively new sport in the dog world. This sport was invented in the year 2000 by Charles (Bud) Kramer, a retired university professor and dog enthusiast. In 2001, there were just 3 competitions held by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). In 2006, there were 100 trials.

The rapid popularity of this sport can be attributed to its low-key, but fun atmosphere. Rally-O is meant as a fun way for pet owners to interact with their dogs. Traditional obedience requires complete silence, while rally encourages pet owners to have fun and praise and encourage their dogs. There are 10 to 20 stations, requiring obedience exercises at each one.

Most rally events welcome dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds. Even mixed breeds are accepted and 5 of the top 20 ranked dogs are mixed breeds. Rally helps shy or fearful dogs develop confidence and often better manners out in the “real world.”

To learn more about rally, read Kramer’s book called An Introduction to Rally Obedience, Third Edition or visit the American Kennel Club or Association of Pet Dog Trainers websites.

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