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Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
South 2 Regional
August 21, 2020
Entries open  Jul 10, 2020
Entries close  Aug 7, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery

August 2020 Skills Test
Anyone, anywhere 
August 25, 2020
Entries open  Jul 26, 2020
Entries close  Aug 24, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Hot Summer Nights
Kent, WA 
September 5, 2020
Entries open  Jul 6, 2020
Entries close  Aug 12, 2020
Contact: Patti Schaefer

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
South Africa Regional
All of South Africa 
September 10, 2020
Entries open  Aug 3, 2020
Entries close  Aug 28, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery

Musical Freestyle
2020 Topsy-Turvy, Turned-Upside-down...
September 15, 2020
Entries open  Aug 4, 2020
Entries close  Sep 10, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Midwest 2 Regional
September 25, 2020
Entries open  Aug 14, 2020
Entries close  Sep 11, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
A Fall Dance
September 28, 2020
Entries open  Jul 29, 2020
Entries close  Sep 14, 2020
Contact: Carrol Haines

Musical Freestyle
within 500 miles of West Newfield, ME 
October 4, 2020
Entries open  Jun 15, 2020
Entries close  Sep 15, 2020
Contact: Judith Stoodley

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Florida Follies October 2020
within 500 miles of Gainesville, FL 
October 10, 2020
Entries open  Jul 10, 2020
Entries close  Sep 25, 2020
Contact: Dana Connolly

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Florida Follies Fantasy
Gainesville, FL 
October 31, 2020
Entries open  Jul 31, 2020
Entries close  Sep 18, 2020
Contact: Dana Connolly

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Winter Wonderland 2021
Sport Dog Training Center 
January 20, 2021
Entries open  Jan 12, 2020
Entries close  Jan 10, 2021
Contact: Suzanne Wiebe
Sample Courses

Want to build your own courses?  Check out this powerpoint template along with the URL to a video tutorial on how to use the template to create courses!  

Course Building Template in PowerPoint

Below you will find links to full courses and “skills courses”. These are short courses that you can set up to practice specific skills.

Sample Novice and Intermediate Competition Courses

Sample Intermediate and Adv/Champion Competition Courses

“Just for Fun” Mini Course
The name says it all!

“Make it Straight” Mini Course
Use training gates to create straight positions and barrels to create a circle & remind the dog to keep his rear in toward the handler.

Position Skills Course (Fun!)
Both dog and the handler change positions in this course. There are also some path changes for the team along with 3 stations next to each other!

“Thru to Position” Skills Course
When practicing this course, focus not only on the dog passing thru your legs but on where he ends up and whether he is meeting the criteria of that position.

Reward your dog more generously and frequently for getting into and remaining in position than you would for passing thru your legs. This will help the dog understand that it’s not just about passing through your legs but the behavior includes moving into a specific position, such as left or right side heel. In the intermediate levels that may include center position as well.

“Right Side” Skills Course
For many of us, our performance sport training includes a lot of left side heelwork. From young puppies or from the time we first started working with our dogs, we’ve worked to create a lot of value in the left side of the handler. It can be easy to create so much value and muscle memory that the dog may have difficulty working on the right side.

In Rally-FrEe, not only does the dog need to work on the left and right side of the handler but in front of and behind the handler as well. All 4 of these positions need to be not only familiar to our dogs but comfortable to remain in not only going forward but in any direction and with some duration.

In practicing a course the other day I realized that Kashi’s right side work was not as confident as it had been just a few weeks ago, and I realized that as much as I try to work her on all 4 sides on a regular basis, I too tended to default to having her on my left more often than the other positions.

So time to spend a little more time on right side heelwork! Have Fun!

Novice Course 

Sample Novice course. This is a full course.

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