Rally was started in the early 1990’s in Canada, USA and some European countries as an alternative to normal competition obedience.

Ever heard of the Rally Obedience dog training? This team sport for dogs is gaining popularity. The reason? Dogs of all breeds and ages can practice it! Because the focus of Rally Obedience dog training is not the physical strength. You don’t have to be an athlete, to team up with your dog.

Rally Obedience (aka Rally-O) improves the communication with your dog.

During practice, you learn that this sport is all about giving your dog the right motivation to perform the right command at the right time. The team (dog & handler) focuses on developing communicative strategies to fulfil tasks and complete a course. No matter the level at which you practice Rally Obedience, the key to success is to learn how to sync your pace with your dog’s.

Rally Obedience (also known as Rally or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on Obedience. Unlike regular Obedience, instead of waiting for the judge’s orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. There are about 100 different signs in total however each course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Rally Obedience is quite an easy training for you and your dog. You walk your dog through the course at a brisk pace and stop at appointed stations where there are signs with instructions on the skill to perform. It is a non-pressurised and fun sport.

Rally was started in the early 1990’s in Canada, USA and some European countries as an alternative to normal competition obedience (less regimental) and quickly grew as a sport separate from all other disciplines, with most competitors doing it as fun sport with others serious competing, which resulted in classes. The FCI in 2017 decided to incorporate Rally into their fold and since our own KUSA is affiliated to FCI, we can now qualify and compete at International Championships, if any of us wish to do so.

Here in the Western Cape, Tinus van der Vyver put focus on Rally Obedience from 2019. He has together with the ‘Rally Team’ defined our own local variant to the Canadian Rally-O. At this stage no other club offers Rally Obedience as alternative sport, however other provinces such a Gauteng has shown a keen interest in the sport.

Tinus has been training dogs from a very young age. He qualified as an Obedience Trainer in 2005 at Cape Province Dog Club. Since then, he also qualified in training Flyball Trainer, Agility, Dog-Jumping, and Carting. Tinus has quite an impressive track-record and accolades such as:

Chairman: KUSA Obedience Sub-committee for the Western Cape (2009 – 2016)
Chairman: Belgian Shepherd Dog Club of the Western Cape (1998 – current)
KUSA Representative:  Breed BSD (WP) (1998 – current)
Flyball (WP) (2006 – 2010)
Obedience (WP) ( 2009 – 2016 )
Carting (WP) ( 2017- current)
CHDC Obedience (2014 – current) – HO Obedience since 2019
Rally (SA National Convener, pending ratification from KUSA EXCO,  the FCI representative in Southern Africa)
Committee Member: BSDCWC, CPDC,GSDCWP, WPWSDC, Boland Training Club, CHDC


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