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Rally

Beginner to Competition

AKC Rally® is a fun sport with a series of stations along the course. Each station sign requires the dog and handler to perform a specific task. The handler may talk to the dog and use signals during the entire course. Rally has 5 different levels starting with Novice, then intermediate which are performed on lead. Next comes Advanced, Excellent and Masters which are performed off lead.
AKC Rally Class/Levels
- with New EnhancementsRally PDF
Novice Class - (RN)

All exercises are judged on leash, and all dogs must enter and leave the ring on leash. The leash must be made of fabric or leather and needs to be long enough to provide adequate slack. Rally Novice A and B must have between 10 to 15 stations (Start and Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of five stationary exercises per class.

Intermediate Class - (RI) - New AKC Class & Title

AKC has created a new class and title for dogs that have won the Rally Novice title, but have not yet earned a qualifying score in the Advanced class. The Rally Intermediate class and associated title (RI), will provide a stepping-stone class to help prepare teams for the off-leash performance required in the Advanced class. The Intermediate course is a mirror image of the Advanced course without a jump. It is the Novice exhibitor’s choice to take advantage of this additional opportunity and the RI title is not required to enter the Advanced class.

The Intermediate course is a mirror image of the Advanced course without a jump. It is the Novice exhibitor’s choice to take advantage of this additional opportunity and the RI title is not required to enter the Advanced class.

Advanced Class - (RA)

All exercises are judged off leash, and all dogs must enter and leave the ring on leash. Rally Advanced A and Advanced B must have between 12 to 17 stations (Start and Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of seven stationary exercises. A dog is required to jump once in the Advanced class. Courses shall have a minimum of three Advanced level stations plus the one required jump.

Excellent Class - (RE)

All exercises are judged off leash. All dogs must enter and leave the ring on leash. Rally Excellent must have between 15 to 20 stations (Start, Finish and Call marker not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of seven stationary exercises. Two jumping exercises must be used in the Excellent class utilizing one or two jumps.
Courses shall have a minimum of two Advanced level stations and a minimum of three Excellent level stations, plus the two required jumps and the Sit Stay exercise per class. Unlike in the Rally Novice and Advanced classes, in Rally Excellent, handlers are not allowed to pat their legs or clap their hands to encourage the dog. Verbal encouragement, multiple commands and/or inaudible signals using one or both arms and hands are allowed; the handler’s arms need not be maintained in any particular position at any time. Handlers may not touch their dog or make any physical corrections.

Masters Class - (RM) - New AKC Class & Title

We are excited to announce the new Master class and associated title (RM),

Champion title (RACH) - New AKC Class & Title

We are excited to announce the new Rally Champion title (RACH). The criteria to earn the RACH title (sounds like “ROCK”) requires the team to earn 20 triple qualifying scores; qualifying in the Advanced B, Excellent B and Master classes at the same trial, at 20 separate events, plus earn 300 RACH points from the Excellent B and Master classes. Points are determined by a dog’s score. At least 200 RACH points must be earned from the Rally Master class.