2Infinity strives to challenge each dog mentally and physically, requiring them to think. Each dog has potential to be successful in anything, if they put their mind to it and you are committed to their success. Areas we strive in having great success in are:
For each breed the AKC registers; there is a breed standard which is a word description of the perfect dog of that breed. Standards describe the mental and physical characteristics that allow each breed to perform the function for which they were originated. The standard describes the dog’s looks, movement and temperament. Breeders involved with each breed are attempting to produce a dog that most closely conforms to the breed standard. In this respect, dog shows are not unlike cat shows, bird shows, cattle shows, horse shows, etc. In fact, for almost every species bred by man there are competitions among breeders. AKC approved judges examine the dogs and place them in accordance to how close each dog compares with their mental image of the “perfect” dog as described in the breed’s official standard.
AKC Rally® is a companion sport to AKC Obedience. Both require teamwork between dog and handler along with similar performance skills. Rally provides an excellent introduction to AKC Companion Events for new dogs and handlers and can provide a challenging opportunity for competitors in other events to strengthen their skills. The dog and handler team move at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition. A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication from the handler to the dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork and enthusiasm as they go through the course.
The three levels of competition in AKC Rally:
This is the first level for those just getting started in competition.
• All exercises are performed with the dog on leash.
• There is a requirement of 10-15 stations to complete with no more than five stationary exercises.
• The exercises performed vary from turning 360 degrees to changing paces during the course.
• Exhibitors at this level may clap their hands, talk to the dog, and pat their legs through the course.
This is the second level, which includes more difficult exercises throughout the course.
• All exercises are performed off-leash.
• There is a requirement of 12-17 stations with no more than seven stationary exercises.
Exercises include a jump as well as calling your dog to the front of you instead of to a heel position.
This third and highest level of AKC Rally is the most challenging.
• Exercises are performed off-leash except for the honor exercise.
• There is a requirement of 15 to 20 stations, with no more than 7 stationary exercises.
• Handlers are only allowed to encourage their dogs verbally. Physical encouragement is not allowed at this level.
• The Excellent-level exercises include backing up three steps, while the dog stays in the heel position and a moving stand, while the handler walks around the dog.
Obedience trials showcase dogs that have been trained and conditioned to behave well in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. AKC trials allow exhibitors and their dogs to enjoy companionship and competition as they proudly earn AKC titles.
For the dog just getting started in obedience. Exercises include:
• Heel on Leash and Figure Eight – show whether the dog has learned to watch its handler and adjust its pace to stay with the handler.
• Heel Free – The dog and handler perform a heeling pattern for the judge with the dog off-leash.
• Stand for Examination – The dog must stay in a standing position as its handler walks a short distance away. The judge will then lightly touch the dog on the head, the body and the hindquarters. The handler then returns to the dog.
• Recall – Demonstrates that the dog will come to the handler on command.
• Long Sit (1 minute) – The dog must remain sitting in the presence of other dogs while the handler stands across the ring.
• Long Down (3 minutes) – dog must remain in a down position in the presence of other dogs while the handler stands across the ring.
The second level includes more complicated exercises; the dog must be able to perform a variety of tasks and follow commands either by voice or signal. Exercises include:
• Heel Free and Figure Eight – Same as Novice, but off leash.
• Drop on Recall – The dog must come to the handler when called from across the ring and on the handler’s command or signal drop into a down position and then on command or signal from the handler resume coming to the handler.4 5
• Retrieve on Flat – Demonstrates a dog’s ability to retrieve an object on command.
• Retrieve Over High Jump – The dog must jump over an obstacle in order to retrieve an object and then jump the obstacle again to return it to the handler.
• Broad Jump – This exercise shows that the dog is able to jump a width that is twice as long as the dog is tall.
• Long Sit (3 minutes) – similar to the long sit in Novice, but the position must be held for a longer period of time with the handler out of the dog’s sight.
• Long Down (5 minutes) – dog must remain in a down position with the handler out of sight.
The third and highest level of obedience competition. Exercises include:
• Signal Exercise – shows the dog’s ability to understand and correctly respond to the handler’s signal to stand, stay, down, sit and come. No voice commands are given; only hand signals are allowed.
• Scent Discrimination – shows the dog’s ability to find the handler’s scent among a pile of articles.
• Directed Retrieve – proves the dog’s ability to follow a directional signal to retrieve a glove and promptly return it to the handler.
• Moving Stand and Examination – the dog must heel, stand and stay as the handler moves away. The dog must stay and accept an examination by the judge and return to the handler on command.
• Directed Jumping – the dog must go away from the handler, turn and sit. Then, the dog must clear whichever jump its handler indicates and promptly return to the handler.
The American Rottweiler Club (ARC) has created this carting competition to showcase the natural abilities of the purebred Rottweiler when working in a cart-pulling environment with his/her handler. The Rottweiler was valued historically for its cart-pulling abilities. These carting exercises are designed to demonstrate the dog’s inherent ability aided by trained skills that exhibit a team effort by both dog and handler.