Both “Rally Novice” and “Rally Beyond Novice” are offered by DOTC, in rotation with Rally Run-Throughs, at its training facility, The Pikesville Armory. There are 8 weeks of instruction, followed by 8 weeks of Run-Throughs.
These classes are open to all DOTC Training and Voting members. They are free for DOTC members. They are also open to the general public, for a fee, and with proof of your dog’s ability to pass a Basic Obedience test and a current rabies vaccine. Non-members may pay $10/class or join DOTC as a Training Member.
“Rally Novice Class”, for absolute beginners, will be taught by Gail Phillips. Dogs must have passed DOTC’s Basic Obedience Class, or an equivalent. They must be able to heel, sit, come, and down, reliably, on command. You will receive a set of practice cards so that you will be able to practice the skills at home.
The Rally Novice Class will meet at 7PM. It will conclude in time for “Heeling Class” at 7:45.
“Beyond Novice” will start at the conclusion of “Heeling Class”, at approximately 8:00PM. It will be taught by Linda Hulbert. It will cover the Rally Advanced and the Rally Excellent sign.
These classes will be instructional and will provide realistic “show ring” practice. As the skills are acquired, there will be opportunity to put them to use in class. “Ring Etiquette” will also be part of the instruction.
You may take these classes as many times as you like, but will need to sign up each session. Anyone who would like to attend these classes may contact Gail Phillips at email@example.com. There will be a limit of 6 human/dog teams per class. A waiting list will be started, once the limit of 6 teams/class has been reached. The folks on the waiting list will have first opportunity to join the next 8 week session.
Rally Run-Throughs are free to DOTC members. They will cost $10/team/run for non-members. There will be a course set up with Novice, as well as some Advanced and Excellent signs, in addition to the Novice sign, at some stations. You can mix/match skills to fit your needs. Only 6 dog/handler teams will be taken for each run. You can contact Gail Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up for either the 7PM or the 8PM run.