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Rally-FrEe
December 2018 Skills Test
Anyone, Anywhere 
December 25, 2018
Entries open  Nov 26, 2018
Entries close  Dec 24, 2018
Contact: Julie Flanery
info@rallyfree.com

Musical Freestyle
Shaking the Winter Blues
within 500 miles of Unity, Maine 
January 28, 2019
Entries open  Dec 25, 2018
Entries close  Jan 25, 2019
Contact: Judith Stoodley
goats@uninets.net

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Florida Follies
Lakeland, FL
February 23 - 24, 2019
Entries open  Oct 1, 2018
Entries close  Jan 28, 2019
Contact: Suzette Wood
chumleywood@hotmail.com

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Broadway Birthday Bash
within 500 miles of Champaign, IL 
March 13, 2019
Entries open  Jan 1, 2019
Entries close  Feb 28, 2019
Contact: Jenna Zeidler
beastbunny@hotmail.com

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Canine Spring Fling
Gainesville, FL
April 6 - 7, 2019
Entries open  Nov 30, 2018
Entries close  Mar 4, 2019
Contact: Suzette Wood
chumleywood@hotmail.com
Sample Courses

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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