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Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Fall Frolic 2020
Clarkston MI 
October 25, 2020
Entries open  Sep 6, 2020
Entries close  Oct 4, 2020
Contact: Nancy vonKoehnen

October 2020 Skills Test
Anyone, anywhere 
October 25, 2020
Entries open  Sep 26, 2020
Entries close  Oct 24, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Florida Follies Fantasy
Gainesville, FL 
October 31, 2020
Entries open  Jul 31, 2020
Entries close  Sep 25, 2020
Contact: Dana Connolly

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Rockin' Fun in the Fall
Corvallis, Oregon 
November 2, 2020
Entries open  Sep 9, 2020
Entries close  Oct 12, 2020
Contact: Marilyn Capello

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
West 2
November 19, 2020
Entries open  Oct 9, 2020
Entries close  Nov 6, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery

November 2020 Skills Test
Anyone, anywhere 
November 25, 2020
Entries open  Oct 26, 2020
Entries close  Nov 24, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
World Wide 2
Open to anyone, anywhere 
December 3, 2020
Entries open  Oct 21, 2020
Entries close  Nov 21, 2020
Contact: Julie Flanery

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Still Standing (2020 Survivor)
Within 500 miles of Unity, Maine 
January 6, 2021
Entries open  Dec 1, 2020
Entries close  Dec 27, 2020
Contact: Judith Stoodley

Rally-FrEe & Musical Freestyle
Winter Wonderland 2021
Within 500 miles of Aylmer ON, Canada 
January 20, 2021
Entries open  Oct 30, 2020
Entries close  Jan 10, 2021
Contact: Suzanne Wiebe
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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