|Barked: Sun Dec 18, '11 5:59am PST |
|Yes, Zephyr. Pretending you had food in your hand and leading your dog around the ring was previously acceptable in AKC. Fortunately, come April, it will no longer be allowed.
See, I still think rally is fun even with the new signs added. No, it shouldn't be as difficult as AKC obedience and it's still not. You can still encourage your dog, praise, and even give multiple commands (as long as you're not pleading with your dog to comply). It's been my experience that AKC rally is too easy, though. I'm seeing things pass that shouldn't and I am definitely including myself in that grouping. I like the idea of tightening up the rules. I think some of the additional signs are unnecessary (like halt-turn left-forward). But some of them add another dimension to the sport.
I'm not sure if we're going to move beyond the Advanced level in AKC anyway. But, with the removal of the Honor Exercise, we could. With Ris' fear of other dogs, there is no way I was going to attempt the Honor Exercise with her. If a dog broke and came over to her. . .it could ruin her show career.
Edited by author Sun Dec 18, '11 6:00am PST
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