Thursday, December 29, 2005


On recent listserver, someone commented that they did not think obedience was practical. To me, that's not the point. While rally, obedience may have some limited direct, practical value, obviously most of it is just made up. Look at all the rally stations. When will one use most of the stations in real life? We get attached and obsessed with our chosen sports, venues, and their rules. It is important to remember that these are just forms that help us deepen our relationship with our dogs. It could just as easier be "stupid" dog tricks or some other made up form.


Anonymous said...

What's interesting, is that really, all the stations in Rally are moves that are vital to a successful showing in obedience. I don't consider them made up at all. When your dog can go into a Rally ring and perform nicely, there's a good chance you'll get a nice performance in a regular obedience ring.

Aerynn said...

I've found with Rose, doing obedience has made her more confident and built up her thinking and language skills. She has learned to watch me for cues on what to do and how to behave even outside of class or practice. Before, I think I was just the food dispenser and door opener and she mostly interacted with Scarlett, our other whippet. She has also gotten better with other dogs.

If that isn't useful, I don't know what is. Obedience is a journey, not a destination. :)