Google it.. there is a website I think thru AKC that allows you to make courses yourself.
Really? I'll have to look into that.
Originally Posted by In the Hamptons View Post
I have probably 20 or so rally novice courses I could send you. I took a RN class and each week the instructor would give us a packet with diagrams of all the courses we would work on that week. Plus- I've kept all the course maps from the trials we've entered. I'd be more than happy to share if you let me know how to get them to you. Fax or snail mail- either would work. Good luck to you in October !!
That would be great! I will PM you my fax number
Thanks so much!
And we never bothered to invest in cones--we never could find the really cheap ones--they exist somewhere but we've just used gallon jugs--we've got a set that are actually things that previously contained kitty litter and a set that are just gallon milk jugs. Recently I started collecting the plastic bead jugs from the clinic and we have almost a full set of them. We put a little water in the bottom so that if it's windy they don't blow over. I know someone who sprayed some gallon milk jugs orange and uses those.
Good idea to use jugs. I wanted to get actual cones, but I went to a sports store in my area today and they wanted $8 for 4 cones... and I'd have to buy like 4 sets of them so that would add up. Maybe I will use water bottles sprayed orange or something - great idea, thanks!
We also never trained with course signs--basically what we have done is to set up two lines of of markers (whatever you are using for cones) and at some point in the training session do the left and right spirals and the various figure eights. The rest of the stuff we just make up as we go along. We have tended to practice the stuff they aren't good at more than the things they are good at. You don't even need to think about courses until he can do all of the Novice exercises.
He's pretty decent at the novice exercises - just want to practice everything together on an actual course. I'm kind of scatter-brained and I think it would be easier for me to just follow what the signs say rather than make it up as we go along. I was planning on using more of the signs that we need to practice more and tweak the courses accordingly. But its nice to have something to start with.
I'm going to work tomorrow but my dog is going off with my friend who really does most of the actual showing for the performance stuff to see if he can get his last Rally Excellent leg--I'll call and ask her to snag a Novice and Advanced course sheet and if you e-mail me with a fax number I can send them to you.
That would be great! I'll email you with my fax number
And start training for the back up three steps now--I swear it's the hardest thing for long legged Dobermans to learn for Excellent--my short legged Aussie could back up in a straight line forever and my smallest Dobe, Rumor does a pretty good job. We were afraid the Toad would never get it--I spent a long time with him in the hall against the wall to teach him how to back up.
haha, I haven't even thought of teaching the back up yet - I need to see if we're even going to make it through novice first! lol My obedience instructor was practicing it with Red a bit, and we also had to do it against a wall. I think I'll stick to the novice stuff for now though!
Thanks for all the great advice, Dobebug! That was really helpful
The cones are cheap to come by .....you can get little soccer cones in the sports area at WalMart, etc. I use them for horse stuff as well as dog stuff. I think I paid $5 for 4 cones?
Good luck with the Novice rally trial, Burns!
Maybe I'll check out Meijer and Target and see if they have anything cheap - I don't have a WalMart near me. But if not, I'll just save up water bottles for a week or so and use them as markers. I would like some nice cheap cones though! I've been scoping out construction cones but I'm too chicken to take them, lol