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June Skills Test
anyone, anywhere 
June 25, 2021
Entries open  May 26, 2021
Entries close  Jun 24, 2021
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
West 1 Regional
July 5, 2021
Entries open  May 5, 2021
Entries close  Jun 21, 2021
Contact: Julie Flanery

Magic Path Summer Steps
British Isles/U.K. 
July 15, 2021
Entries open  May 15, 2021
Entries close  Jul 1, 2021
Contact: Lucy Turmaine

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Sweatin to the Oldies
within 500 miles of West Newfield, Maine 
July 18, 2021
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Entries close  Jul 7, 2021
Contact: Judith Stoodley

July Skills Test
anyone, anywhere 
July 25, 2021
Entries open  Jun 26, 2021
Entries close  Jul 24, 2021
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Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Summer Fun
within 500 miles of Hamilton, ON 
July 26, 2021
Entries open  Jun 5, 2021
Entries close  Jul 10, 2021
Contact: Katrina Sims

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
South 2
July 26, 2021
Entries open  May 4, 2021
Entries close  Jul 14, 2021
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Dancin at the Disco Barn - and Beyond
Clarkston MI 
August 3, 2021
Entries open  May 25, 2021
Entries close  Jul 13, 2021
Contact: Nancy vonKoehnen

Musical Freestyle
Stepping with The Steppin Woofs
within 500 miles of Mechanicsburg, Pa 
August 6, 2021
Entries open  May 24, 2021
Entries close  Jul 16, 2021
Contact: Judith Mohr

Musical Freestyle
Take Five! Beat the Heat!
Syracuse, NY
August 7 - 8, 2021
Entries open  Apr 1, 2021
Entries close  Jul 17, 2021
Contact: Jamie Ohman

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
All countries outside of the U.S. 
August 9, 2021
Entries open  Jun 10, 2021
Entries close  Jul 29, 2021
Contact: Julie Flanery

Musical Freestyle
Freestyle Unmasked
within 500 miles of Oregon City, Oregon 
August 21, 2021
Entries open  Jul 10, 2021
Entries close  Aug 7, 2021
Contact: Michele Pouliot

August Skills Test
Anyone, anywhere 
August 25, 2021
Entries open  Jul 26, 2021
Entries close  Aug 24, 2021
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Midwest 2 Regional
September 6, 2021
Entries open  Jul 3, 2021
Entries close  Aug 20, 2021
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Together Again after a Paws
Corvallis, OR
September 25 - 26, 2021
Entries open  May 22, 2021
Entries close  Sep 1, 2021
Contact: Marilyn Capello

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
South Africa
All of South Africa 
September 28, 2021
Entries open  Jul 14, 2021
Entries close  Sep 16, 2021
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
ECK9’s Twenty Years of Dogs & Dance
Arlington, WA
October 23 - 24, 2021
Entries open  Aug 1, 2021
Entries close  Oct 2, 2021
Contact: Carolyn Money
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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