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Rally-FrEe
January 2020 Skills Test
anyone, anywhere 
January 25, 2020
Entries open  Dec 26, 2019
Entries close  Jan 24, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery
info@rallyfree.com

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Fog City Fling
San Francisco, CA 
February 5, 2020
Entries open  Dec 22, 2019
Entries close  Jan 22, 2020
Contact: Angela Remedios
angela@casey.net

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Australia/NZ Regional
All of Australia and New Zealand 
February 20, 2020
Entries open  Jan 9, 2020
Entries close  Feb 6, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery
info@rallyfree.com

Rally-FrEe
February 2020 Skills Test
Anyone, Anywhere 
February 25, 2020
Entries open  Jan 26, 2020
Entries close  Feb 24, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery
info@rallyfree.com

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
South 1 Regional
DE, DC,FL,GA,MD,NC,SC,VA,AL,KY,MI,TN,AR,LA,OK,TX 
March 11, 2020
Entries open  Jan 26, 2020
Entries close  Feb 26, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery
info@rallyfree.com

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Florida Spring Fling
Gainesville, FL
March 28 - 29, 2020
Entries open  Oct 1, 2019
Entries close  Mar 6, 2020
Contact: Suzette Wood
chumleywood@hotmail.com

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Canada Regional
All of Canada 
April 10, 2020
Entries open  Feb 27, 2020
Entries close  Mar 27, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery
info@rallyfree.com

Musical Freestyle
Spring in New Hampshire
Swanzey, NH
April 25, 2020
Entries open  Mar 1, 2020
Entries close  Apr 5, 2020
Contact: Amee Abel
aabel98@gmail.com

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
The Roaring 20's!
Corvallis, OR
April 25 - 26, 2020
Entries open  Feb 25, 2020
Entries close  Apr 1, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery
info@rallyfree.com

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
New Mexico Desert Dog Dancing
Albuquerque, NM 
April 30, 2020
Entries open  Mar 2, 2020
Entries close  Apr 10, 2020
Contact: Pam Jones
pejones@umn.edu

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Swing n Spring
Princeton, ON
May 30, 2020
Entries open  Apr 1, 2020
Entries close  Apr 30, 2020
Contact: Suzanne Wiebe
suzannewiebe99@outlook.com

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Christmas in July
Waco, Texas 
July 31, 2020
Entries open  Jul 1, 2020
Entries close  Jul 20, 2020
Contact: Laura Ormsby
ladyluckfarm@aol.com

Musical Freestyle
Take Five! Beat the Heat!
Syracuse, NY
August 1 - 2, 2020
Entries open  Apr 4, 2020
Entries close  Jul 18, 2020
Contact: Jamie Ohman
jamie@dancingcavy.com

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Florida Follies August 2020
Gainesville, FL
August 22 - 23, 2020
Entries open  May 22, 2020
Entries close  Jul 25, 2020
Contact: Dana Connolly
Dsconnolly1984@gmail.com

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

Musical Freestyle
Rocktoberfest
Milford, NH
October 3 - 4, 2020
Entries open  Jun 15, 2020
Entries close  Sep 1, 2020
Contact: Judith Stoodley
goats@uninets.net
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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