Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cyber Rally-O

OK, so I can hear you saying what the heck is that?  Also - why bother?  Here is the deal.  I came across the Cyber Rally-O concept thanks to Kate.  You download signs, courses and rules.  You choose a course, set it up, tape the course, the "equipment" and the run and send a link to the tapes to the Cyber Rally-O people.  They tell you whether or not you qualify and send you a ribbon if you did.  Three Qs make a title.  The courses are arranged in levels I through V I think.  Cost is $30 to register a dog and $20 per entry.  There is a Yahoo group that is VERY active.

The courses are very interesting.  Level I is pretty standard Rally - very comparable to novice in AKC.  Differences are:
1.  Leash or no leash at any level - you choose.
2.  The dog does not have to halt in any particular position - sits are not required at each stop. This is much easier on Jazz's old knees.
3.  After level I the dog must be able to heel on both sides and transition from left heel to right "side."  This is fun and interesting.  There is some thought that it is healthier for the dog since they don't develop muscles differently on one side or the other.
4.  You cannot lure the dog, the dog must be on a loose leash (2 tight leashes and you NQ) and the dog cannot be out of control for more than 20 seconds or you NQ.
5.  You can have treats in your pocket and you can treat in between exercises.
6.  Jump height is whatever you choose - again easier on my old boy.
7.  There are lots of challenging exercises and courses - there is a send over jump, a stop and do any trick, a go out and sit....  Lots of fun stuff to learn.
8.  You only pay for a qualifying run - why would anyone submit an NQ?

I have been having a pretty good time with this.  We have two of the Level I Qs we need and hope to have the third one soon.  We have been practicing "side" and transitions. We're also learning the go out and sit exercise. I find that I need a focus and some motivation to work on specific things with Jazz.  Coach is still learning the basics for AKC obedience and Rally, but Jazz will never compete in AKC again.  The jumps are too high and he will not sit that many times in a row.  I'm sure it hurts so who could blame him?

If you have a dog that is unable or unhappy about competing in regular venues, I would really recommend giving this a try.  (Maybe if you just want to do something different at your own convenience.)  I have had a good time with it and it Jazz seems to be having a ball.

Here are our two qualifying runs so far.  As you can see - inside, outside, distractions, whatever - it is pretty much fun.

Here's the website if you're interested. 



  1. Very interesting. A couple people from class have been doing this. There's also a local cyber agility league. It's mostly for people with reactive/aggressive/etc dogs that can't handle a regular trial situation.

  2. And Jazz now has his CRO-I title and his P-CRO-II (Performance Division)title. Way to go, Jazz!! CRO now has the Performance Division for dogs working on both sides and the Traditional Division for dogs working only in Heel (or Side) position.

  3. (t's easier on handlers and dogs with disabilities as you mentioned, but dogs in wheeled carts can even compete! And I love that you can start level 1 off leash. I sometimes use a cane and can't figure out how to do a right finish or schutzhund turn with a cane and a leash.