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Levels of Competition

The three levels of competition in AKC Rally:

Novice

    • All exercises are performed with the dog on leash.
    • There is a requirement of 10-15 stations to complete with no more than five stationary exercises.
    • The exercises performed vary from turning 360 degrees to changing paces during the course.
    • Exhibitors at this level may clap their hands and pat their legs through the course.

example of Novice Course

Advanced

    • All exercises are performed off-leash.
    • There is a requirement of 12-17 stations with no more than seven stationary exercises.
    • Exercises include a jump as well as calling your dog to the front of you instead of to a heel position.

example of Advanced Course

Excellent.

    • Exercises are performed off-leash except for the honor exercise.
    • There is a requirement of 15-20 stations, with no more than 7 stationary exercises.
    • Handlers are only allowed to encourage their dogs verbally. Physical encouragement is not allowed at this level.
    • The Excellent-level exercises include backing up three steps, while the dog stays in the heel position and a moving stand, while the handler walks around the dog.

    example of Excellent Course