Rally, an AKC event, provides a wonderful bridge for individuals moving from the Canine Good Citizen program to the more exacting world of Obedience or the more energetic world of Agility. Rally is a fun, energetic sport, requiring teamwork between the Swissy and its handler. It is a great event for the average pet owner, as well as the more experienced competitor. To enter an AKC Rally trial a dog must be an AKC registered dog and at least six months of age.
A typical rally course follows a predetermined route through 10 to 20 stations. Located at each station is a sign which gives the competitor instructions on which skill is to be completed. Unlike regular obedience events, the handler may encourage the dog while competing, and repeat commands or signals as necessary. The handler and the dog move at their own pace.