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Rally Obedience - Stand

What is Rally Obedience?

Rally obedience (also known as Rally or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience.

In Rally-O (the “O” is for obedience), the handler and dog work their way around a pre-determined course demonstrating different obedience manoeuvres such as sit, down, stay and come. Which skills you perform on the day depends on the course the judge has designed for that day.

In Rally O classes you will learn to perform the skills for each station as well as improving your heelwork. If you are interested in traditional obedience, Rally O will help you sharpen up the skills you need and give you valuable experience in the ring as you prepare for the traditional obedience competitions.

How Does Rally-O Work?

The chief objective of Rally is to provide a fast-moving and motivational sport for both Handler and dog that demonstrates a Handler and dog’s competency in basic Obedience exercises without requiring exact precision for success.

Rally Obedience - Halt, Pivot Left, Halt

Unlike regular obedience, instead of waiting for the judge's orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, the judge will look for appropriate support from handlers (so you can talk to your dog as much as you like and praise them for a job well done), happy dogs and positive teamwork.

All participants in the Rally Classes are required to perform the same exercises in substantially the same way so that the quality of the various performances may be compared and scored.

Who can do Rally-O?

Rally Obedience classes are open to dogs of all breeds which have attained their Bronze Canine Companion Certificate or can demonstrate skills to the Bronze level or above. If you are interested in trying out Rally Obedience, please register your interest at the BDOC Office or to the email address listed below.

Trialling in Rally-O

There are three levels of competition in Rally-O, with specified skill sets for each. At the Novice level a course will consist of 10-15 stations, with up to 31 signs available to the judge to design the course. Each competitor gets to walk the course before they compete so they can work out the order and practice your footwork. Each station is numbered (so you can see the required sequence).

More Information

The nationally approved rules that govern the conduct of Rally O trials in Australia can be found at

For more information, please contact our rally-o coordinators at