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Exercises in the New Regulations

See the new exercise signs and exercise descriptions in the new regulations.

We have been working on the new regulations, incorporating feedback received in order to infuse a freshness of ideas. The new regulations will provide clarity by defining Rally within a framework as a performance of an overall course, incorporating the following:

  • an objective for each level, including an Intro level
  • identifying the primary purpose of each exercise
  • defining all performance terms and concepts
  • a streamlined and equitable scoring system to measure the performance and identify areas needing improvement (a team can no longer NQ on a single exercise element)
The judges are taking a final look at the full version of the regulations, after which we will post them in full on our website at

At this time, we would like to invite you to examine the chapters containing all the exercise descriptions (click here), including modernized and consistent sign designs and quite a few new exercises. In these chapters you will find the purpose (Primary Element) of each exercise and a step-by-step description of how each exercise is performed. For reference, the current exercise number is listed next to the new exercise number, or noted as "new" or "revised." Exercises have been rearranged to the most appropriate level.

Videos of the Exercises
We are preparing exercise videos to demonstrate the performance and scoring of each exercise.

Bonus Exercises
More bonus exercises will be available from which judges can select, generally from the next higher level, and integrate into the course.

Right-side Heeling Exercises
Right-side heeling exercises are options as Level 3 bonuses, and were developed for added variety in exercises and flexibility of training for the dogs location in relation to handler. 

Effective Date
The full regulations, including the chapters you are reviewing, will be effective January 1, 2018, with some structural aspects of the program (that do not require advance training) implemented on July 1, 2017.

Please send any questions/comments on these chapters (Chapters 5, 6, or 7) to Ann at


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