In Rally-O the dog and handler team navigate a course of 10 or more stations. Each station has a numbered sign which directs the team to perform an exercise such as turn, recall, sit down or Send Over Jump, and includes serpentines, weave, spirals, changes of pace etc. The number and difficulty of the exercises depends on the level being worked at.

Handlers get the opportunity to walk the course to familiarise themselves with the layout and exercises required. In competition, after the Judge gives them the start cue they must negotiate the course without direction from the judge or stewards. Teams are timed over the course and in the event of tied scores, the fastest time wins. This helps to encourage a brisk, happy pace.

Communication between handler and dog is encouraged. Whilst perfect heel position is not required, there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. Handlers are encouraged to talk to their dogs during the exercises, however loud or harsh commands or intimidating signals are penalised.

In addition to being a sport in its own right, Rally-O serves as a useful foundation for other dog sports. Rally-O promotes fun and enjoyment in the training of dogs for handlers of all levels of experience. It provides interest and the opportunity for the acquisition of a variety of skills for the young dog not yet ready to enter other competitions, and also provides something for the older dog that may no longer be able to pursue more active sports such as agility.

Rally-O helps to produce dogs that enjoy behaving well, and that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs.

This class is suitable for dogs that have completed two terms of general obedience training.


  • Basic Obedience Basic Obedience We provide training and handling skills for dog owners who wish to have well socialised, well behaved and well trained dogs. Owners will gain more control over their dog with basic obedience and socialisation.
  • Canine Good Citizen Canine Good Citizen The emphasis with CGC is to ensure that your dog will be a respected member of the community because it is trained to act with good manners in the home, in public, and in the presence of other dogs.
  • Agility Agility Agility is a fun activity using a range of agility equipment - jumps, tunnels, weave poles, A-frame, seesaw, and dog walks. Agility is fun and is great exercise for dog and handler alike, as they learn skilled control to negotiate a course containing a variety of obstacles.
  • Fly-gility Fly-gility Fly-gility is a dog sport that mixes elements of agility and flyball. The dog is sent away to fetch a ball from a flyball box while navigating tunnels, jumps and weaves before returning the ball to the handler.
  • Rally-O Rally-O Rally-O is a sport which contains elements of obedience and agility. The course has numbered stations with a different exercise performed at each station. Courses can include cones and jumps as well as turns, sits, downs and recalls.

Rotorua Dog Obedience Club Rooms

The club rooms are at Karenga Park, Bennetts Road, Rotorua

Rotorua Dog Club Clubrooms



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