We took a beginner rally class before competing, but it turned out we already knew the majority of what they were teaching - so it ended up being a great opportunity to brush up on commands and practice in a distracting environment.
Thanks PB ! I think -- I Think we are like you - The handler is what needs the work to be done here
We need the Distraction work here - that is our down fall
Any tips you can give a beginner here ? What equipment if any do you take with you when going to a rally event ??
Best of luck on your 3rd leg !
Keep us posted as I need all the help I can get .
The only thing so far that has tripped us up in competition has been uneven flooring, it was really rough unevenly poured concrete and Jax didn't like to sit on it so he ended up breaking a sit too early. That cost us 3 points and what would've otherwise been first place! So I would say practice on different floors and environments.
One thing we did have to work on more before competing was perfecting his heel - not necessarily the heel itself, but keeping his butt in line with me during sharp turns etc. He's a big dog and he'll take the path of least resistance so sometimes that meant trying to cut corners and that made turns look sloppy. Getting something raised to put his front feet on, like a little feed bucket from the feed store, and having him keep his front paws on the bucket and move his back end around gave him more hind end awareness, so now if he's getting sloppy I can tell him to "get in" or just say heel again and he looks a lot better!
Otherwise, it has mostly just been practice practice practice for me to learn the signs - Jax has it down as long as I tell him to do it the right way! I hate holding the leash for some of those signs, I'm excited to graduate to a class where I won't have to have him on leash. One less thing for me to worry about!
Oh, and no collars with tags in the ring! I just bring him into the ring in a slip lead.
I would bring a crate and/or a bed, lawn chair, water bowl, water, plenty of high value treats, and some poop bags just in case
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