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Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Hibernation Celebration
500 miles radius from Portland, OR 
January 21, 2021
Entries open  Dec 10, 2020
Entries close  Jan 10, 2021
Contact: Deana Allen

January 2021 Skills Test
anyone, anywhere 
January 25, 2021
Entries open  Dec 26, 2020
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Contact: Julie Flanery

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Australia/NZ Regional
All of Australia and New Zealand 
February 1, 2021
Entries open  Dec 28, 2020
Entries close  Jan 21, 2021
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
South 1
February 15, 2021
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Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Whirling Through Winter
Within 500 miles of Corvallis 
February 17, 2021
Entries open  Jan 5, 2021
Entries close  Feb 6, 2021
Contact: Katherine Sugitani

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Pikes Peak Dancing Dogs 8
Colorado Springs 
February 23, 2021
Entries open  Jan 1, 2021
Entries close  Feb 10, 2021
Contact: Pamela Leland

February 2021 Skills Test
Anyone, anywhere 
February 25, 2021
Entries open  Jan 26, 2021
Entries close  Feb 24, 2021
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Canada Regional
All of Canada 
March 8, 2021
Entries open  Jan 20, 2021
Entries close  Feb 20, 2021
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Sweet Re-Leaf
Within 500 miles of West Newfield, ME 
March 29, 2021
Entries open  Feb 1, 2021
Entries close  Mar 17, 2021
Contact: Judith Stoodley
Sample Courses

Want to build your own courses?  Check out this powerpoint template along with the URL to a video tutorial on how to use the template to create courses!  

Course Building Template in PowerPoint

Below you will find links to full courses and “skills courses”. These are short courses that you can set up to practice specific skills.

Sample Novice and Intermediate Competition Courses

Sample Intermediate and Adv/Champion Competition Courses

“Just for Fun” Mini Course
The name says it all!

“Make it Straight” Mini Course
Use training gates to create straight positions and barrels to create a circle & remind the dog to keep his rear in toward the handler.

Position Skills Course (Fun!)
Both dog and the handler change positions in this course. There are also some path changes for the team along with 3 stations next to each other!

“Thru to Position” Skills Course
When practicing this course, focus not only on the dog passing thru your legs but on where he ends up and whether he is meeting the criteria of that position.

Reward your dog more generously and frequently for getting into and remaining in position than you would for passing thru your legs. This will help the dog understand that it’s not just about passing through your legs but the behavior includes moving into a specific position, such as left or right side heel. In the intermediate levels that may include center position as well.

“Right Side” Skills Course
For many of us, our performance sport training includes a lot of left side heelwork. From young puppies or from the time we first started working with our dogs, we’ve worked to create a lot of value in the left side of the handler. It can be easy to create so much value and muscle memory that the dog may have difficulty working on the right side.

In Rally-FrEe, not only does the dog need to work on the left and right side of the handler but in front of and behind the handler as well. All 4 of these positions need to be not only familiar to our dogs but comfortable to remain in not only going forward but in any direction and with some duration.

In practicing a course the other day I realized that Kashi’s right side work was not as confident as it had been just a few weeks ago, and I realized that as much as I try to work her on all 4 sides on a regular basis, I too tended to default to having her on my left more often than the other positions.

So time to spend a little more time on right side heelwork! Have Fun!

Novice Course 

Sample Novice course. This is a full course.

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