What is WCRL? WCRL stands for World Cynosport Rally. OK, that’s great, but what is Rally? Well, Rally is a type of obedience competition. Now wait, before you hit that back button, it’s not like the obedience you are probably thinking of. While it does take training, and training is a great exercise with your dog it’s a bit different. First, your dog isn’t going to be running off 20 feet away off leash to go sniff out the glove or dumbbell you touched for 10 seconds and bring it back to you. Rally involves signs. Not street signs, but that could be fun too. Rally signs are an 8×10 piece of paper on the ground(or in a small sign holder) that explains to you what you need to do. They even give you arrows to help explain it. Another major point in difference is you don’t have a judge over your shoulder yelling at you, or whispering so quietly you can’t hear them over the barking dogs, what you need to do next. Instead, the judge is standing there quietly marking down your scores. You just follow the signs for your course. How can you get started? That’s easy. First thing is first, teach your dog heel. If your dog can heel, and sits down automatically when you stop, you’re almost ready to sign up for your first competition. Next step is to teach your dog to ‘front’, and this basically means go from the heel position to sitting right in front of you, facing you. There you go, you’re dog is pretty much ready to go for level 1. All that is left is for you to go to www.Rallydogs.com and check out the signs, learn what they mean and sign your dog up. This is also a great for kids just getting into dog sports, it’s also great for adults looking for something to do with their dogs on a weekend. For more information on WCRL rally trial in April check out the website for the Glens Falls Kennel Club, or head on over to one of their club meetings each month.
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