Rally Reflections…I think we’re over the hump!

Since February 2011, I’ve really been trying to change the way Bear and I ‘play’ the rally game. Our last successful run of trialing was back in 2009 and since then we have failed for Bear barking his head off in the ring, for Bear wandering around the ring like some sort of zombie dogContinue reading “Rally Reflections…I think we’re over the hump!”

CARO Working Stream – I think it could be fun!

A few weeks ago, as many of you know, we hosted a CARO rally trial. We offered most regular classes with the exception of Excellent Team and Versatility Excellent (not many folks working at this level yet). We also offered the new Working Level as a For Exhibition Only (FEO) run.  What is the WorkingContinue reading “CARO Working Stream – I think it could be fun!”

Rally Course of the Week – August 29, 2011

Course Details Level: Novice (CARO) Space Required: 50’x50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: Here is another course with a lot of sits (I count 14) and also three time-consuming exercises, the spiral, the weave and of course 1,2,3, steps forward. This means that even with 4 minutes to complete the course at the novice level, you and yourContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – August 29, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – August 22, 2011

Course Details Level: Excellent (CARO) Space Required: 50’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: At the Excellent level, there are always two obstacles for teams to perform. In this course the obstacles are weave poles and the tunnel. The main challenge of this course, aside from the excellent level exercises, is the fact that teams are working in closeContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – August 22, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – August 15, 2011

Course Details Level: Advanced (CARO) Space Required: 50’x50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: Distance work is one of the key differences between novice and advanced levels in CARO rally. This advanced course might appear easy (no food bowls!) however it does require a dog that is comfortable in a stay while you move about (moving down, stand forContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – August 15, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – August 8, 2011

Course Details Level: Novice Team (CARO) Space Required: 50’x50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is a fairly basic team course which is set up so that each team has their own half of the course to work on. Some courses involve more path crossing or one dog working around the other but this one, as it happens,Continue reading “Rally Course of the Week – August 8, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – August 1, 2011

Course Details Level: Novice (CARO) Space Required: 50’x50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is what I like to call a ‘moving’ course! This course features only 5 stationary stations which means limited opportunities to reward your dog. This is a great course to try if you need to figure out how to keep your dog motivated during longer heeling stretches. ThisContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – August 1, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – July 25, 2011

Course Details Level: Excellent (CARO) Space Required: 50’x50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is a pretty straightforward course. Main challenges are a moving stand right off the bat and the fact that teams are only minimum distances required before obstacles. This means you have 10′ to move from an about turn to the weave poles and 10′ to move from aContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – July 25, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – July 18, 2011

Most people will notice the challenge of having to walk by food bowls before performing them. This is common enough and something both handlers and dogs should be prepared for. What might be less apparent is the fact that this course consist of numerous sits (I count 16!).