Getting Involved


Frequent Questions


New to Rally?
LAST UPDATED: May 21, 2013

What is Rally?

Rally is a fun and exciting team sport for dogs and their handlers! Dog and handler teams navigate a course at a brisk, continuous pace, with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform such as Sit-Down-Sit, Straight Figure Eight, Send Over Jump, Pivot 180° Right, Spiral Right with Dog on the Outside, Side Step Right, and Drop on Recall. It is a fun test of obedience and the trust in the relationship between dog and handler.

Must I have a purebred dog in order to participate in Rally?

No. All dogs, purebred and mixed breed, are encouraged participate. Rally is fun for all—family dogs, teams beginning show careers, teams retiring from more physcially demanding sports and teams who just enjoy a good challenging competition in a friendly atmosphere.

What dog is best suited for Rally?

Any dog in good health is a strong candidate for Rally. There are even special provisions for dogs with certain handicaps. So small or large, young or old, purebred or mixed breed, they are all able to join in the fun.

What should I expect to gain by participating in Rally?

Everyone has different goals in mind when they first begin. Some simply want to be active with their dog, while others seek the accolades of high level competition. And there are a lot of others in between. The bottom line is that you can set your own goals. At any level, you can improve your dog's focus and build teamwork and a trusting relationship with your dog in a fun activity by navigating a series of unique exercises.

How old does my dog have to be to compete in Rally?

There are puppy classes for dogs as young as six months of age, as well as for adult dogs. There are also veterans classes for dogs well into their senior years.

Why should I try to compete in Rally?

Rally is challenging and fun. Dog owners in Rally are given a chance to show off their teamwork with their dog. In addition,

  • Rally is a sport that anyone can do, regardless of physical limitations.
  • Rally allows teams the chance to add extra points to their score by performing an optional exercise at the end of each trial course.
  • Rally trials are friendly events where everyone cheers for each other and there's a real sense of camaraderie among competitors.

What better way to allow dogs trained with positive, reward-based methods to truly shine!

What kind of awards are earned at Rally trials?

A team can earn title awards after successfully completing three course runs with qualifying scores earned under two different judges. Titles can be earned at each Level and teams may also earn several different Championship titles, National Ranking Awards and a special Award of Excellence. APDT Rally offers fourteen different titles, plus Junior titles for children handlers under the age of 18. 

 

Getting Started
LAST UPDATED: May 21, 2013

What are the steps to getting started?

It's as simple as 1-2-3. First, locate a group using our Group Locator tool to find a group near you. If there is not one, contact us and we can try to help you find a training school or trainer in your area. Two, begin taking classes and building the relationship you want with your dog. And finally, take the leap and test your mettle by entering a local trial. You can do reasonably well and have a lot of fun and enjoyment in Rally in a relatively short period of time. But remember, as with any sport, considerable time and energy is required to be highly competitive if that is your goal.

How can I get involved?

Locate a Group in your area so that you can try Rally first-hand. You may also like to attend a Rally trial or demonstration scheduled for your area, which you can find by visiting our Rally Event Calendar. Browsing through the Official Regulations will also prove helpful in further understanding the philosophies and exercises offered.

Does my dog have to be registered in order to compete?

Yes; your dog must be registered with World Cynosport Rally Limited (WCRL) or the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) in order to compete in WCRL events. Your registration in WCRL is also good for participation in USDAA dog agility events, once your dog is at least 18 months of age. USDAA registration numbers are valid for participation in WRCL events. Separate registrations are not required.

You may register your dog online, or register by mail by obtaining a registration form through our web site via the Forms & Documents Library or by making request via Email and providing your postal address. If registering by mail, send the completed form along with the applicable fees to WCRL, P.O. Box 850955, Richardson, TX 75085-0955.

 

For Competitors Transitioning from APDT Rally
LAST UPDATED: June 18, 2013

Where do I find trial results and titles earned and when will certificates for titles be mailed?

Trial results and titles earned by a competitor for each of their dogs can be found in the Competitor Services area of the web site.

Trial results are input within a few days of receipt in the Rally office following the event, normally within two weeks, provided they are submitted on a timely basis and there are no issues reported. These are viewable online as soon as they are entered. Log into the Competitor Services area, and select a dog from your list of dogs and then click on the Results link on the Dog Information page.

Title processing is scheduled to be run on a monthly basis on the 1st Tuesday of each month (beginning July 2, 2013), and each month thereafter, for titles earned through the date four weeks prior to the run date. This four-week lag permits the trial host and office staff time to submit, review, and record results, as well as providing time for competitors to review recorded results prior to titles being processed. Certificates will normally be mailed within two to three weeks following the title processing date.

Please note that title certificates earned prior to the transition of program operations (through January 7, 2013), were issued previously by APDT. Titles calculated through April 30 were run on June 16, and title certificates will be mailed in early July.

How were APDT Rally registrations converted to WCRL registrations?

All dogs registered with APDT prior to January 7, 2013, have been automatically registered with the new World Cynosport Rally Limited (WCRL). The APDT registration number was converted to a new format as described below. A Competitor account has been created for you and you can retrieve your account information from www.Rallydogs.com, or by contacting the WCRL office at (972) 487-2200 x103. You may log into your Competitor Account to view your dogs and results. Please note the following, as you must use your new WCRL registration number when entering trials.

All WCRL registration numbers are six-digit numbers, and " 8 " is the first digit. Some APDT registrations had four digits after the second dash (R – # # – # # # #) while some APDT registrations had five digits after the second dash (R – # # – # # # # #). These registrations were converted by adding 800,000 to the number after the second dash, as illustrated below:

  • If the APDT Rally registration has four digits after the second dash, the WCRL registration becomes " 8 0 " followed by the four digits after the second dash.

    Example One: R – 0 3 – 4 4 7 6 would become 8 0 4 4 7 6

  • If the APDT Rally registration has five digits after the second dash, the WCRL registration becomes " 8 " followed by the five digits after the second dash.

    Example Two: R – 1 2 – 1 0 6 5 7 would become 8 1 0 6 5 7

Are there any temporary WCRL registration numbers?

No. There are no temporary registration numbers assigned in WCRL. All former APDT Rally temporary registrations (T – # # # # # #) have been assigned permanent numbers, so anyone with a temporary APDT registration number should contact the WCRL Office or login to your Competitor Account to find out your WCRL registration number.

Can I compete in WCRL with a USDAA Agility registration?

Yes. If you have registered a dog with USDAA, you do NOT need to register the same dog to compete in WCRL. You can use your dog's USDAA number to enter a WCRL Trial.

Can I compete in USDAA Agility with a WCRL registration?

Yes. If you have registered a dog with WCRL, you do NOT need to register the same dog to compete in USDAA agility. You can use your dog's WCRL number to enter a USDAA Event. However, you should contact the WCRL Office to be issued a registration measurement card for agility, and to make sure we have your dog's name, call name, height at the withers, and birthdate.

What if my dog is registered with both USDAA Agility and WCRL?

If you have both a USDAA agility number and WCRL number for the same dog, you must use your WCRL number to enter a WCRL Trial, and your USDAA number to enter an agility trial. At some point in the future we will consolidate those registrations.

How do I log-in to my WCRL competitor account?

Competitor Accounts were automatically created for all former APDT exhibitors. Contact the WCRL Office to find out your username and password, or retrieve your username and password by clicking on "Competitor Log-In" at www.rallydogs.com and follow the links for First-Time Registrants Only. When logged in, you can see show results and registration information for each of your registered dogs, register additional dogs, view and update your contact information, and change your username and password.

How do I update my dog's information page?

Contact the WCRL Office for any updates needed on your dog's information page. If any of following fields are blank or incorrect in your dogs' records, you should email or phone in this information at your convenience. We need the following information to complete the record for each WCRL registered dog:

  • Call Name
  • Birthdate
  • Height at the withers

How do I add a co-owner or additional handler?

USDAA tracks your dogs through a single primary owner account. Previously at APDT Rally, each dog had a separate owner account. The use of a central primary owner account will allow us to maintain accurate contact information and provide you a single login function to access all your dogs and other services. All co-owners and additional handlers from the APDT records have been assigned Competitor Accounts.

To add a co-owner or handlers in WCRL, list them as "Authorized Handlers." Authorized Handlers may enter dogs in WCRL events. To add an Authorized Handler to a particular dog, click on the dog's registration number from the primary Competitor's Account, and click "Add Handler." You will need to know the Competitor Number (found in the "My Information" header bar of each competitor's account.) If the person does not have a competitor account, they may set one up by visiting the Competitor Services log-in page.

To update the person(s) name as it should appear on title certificates, please contact the WCRL Office.

 

For Groups/Trial Hosts
LAST UPDATED: May 21, 2013

Where is my Event and Test Schedule Published?

All approved events are listed on the Event Calendar at www.rallydogs.com. To find out your Event #, click on your event in the Event Calendar. Your six-digit Event # will be the last six digits in the Address Bar of your browser (where you type in web addresses.)

So that we can make your Test Schedule (a.k.a. Premium) readily accessible, please send a copy of the Test Schedule (in Word format), as soon as it is available, to groupServices@rallydogs.com to be uploaded to the Event Information page. The Test Schedule must be filed no later than 30 days prior to the event date in order to avoid a late fee. Late fees are waived through 2013, but it is in your best interest to publish the Test Schedule as soon as possible.

How do I update my Group Locator information?

All active groups are listed in the Group Locator. If you have not already done so, please verify that the contact information, email, phone number, and physical address are correct in the Group Locator. If you have not yet submitted a signed Group Information Form to formalize your relationship with WCRL and authorize WCRL to publish your contact information, please download that form found in the Forms & Documents Library at www.rallydogs.com.

What To Know about Reporting Show Results

When reporting Show Results (a.k.a. Post-Trial Paperwork), please keep the following in mind:

  • For each dog name, we prefer the call name. This will facilitate our proofing during data entry.
  • Include a sheet for each class/level offered even if there are no entries. Just mark '0' in the entered box. This will ensure no scores are missing and every class is accounted for.
  • Continue to send separate Reporting Sheets for A and B class, including Judge's classes. For small classes, you may group the classes (showing A class as a group and B class as a group) within a single Reporting Sheet.
  • When possible, separate the Start and Finish times for each class (rather than reporting the same Start and Finish times, for instance, for both an A and B class.) If this is not practical, you may continue to report the times in a realistic manner.

Postal Mailing Address:
PO Box 850955
Richardson, TX 75085-0955 USA

Physical Address for Overnight Deliveries:
10310 Cimmaron Trail
Dallas, Texas 75243 USA

Where Do I Find a List of Judges?

For a current Approved WCRL Judges List, download the Rally Judge List at www.rallydogs.com from the File Library under Forms & Documents for Groups/Clubs. We will soon have an up-to-date Approved Judge List available through Group Services accounts.

Upcoming Services and Features

Current projects to be released soon:

  • Online Group Services account where groups can apply for an event, add judges and classes to upcoming events, and build and upload premiums
  • Software application for Rally Trial Secretaries

 

How To Host a Rally Trial
LAST UPDATED: May 21, 2013

Who can host a Rally trial?

Rally trials can be hosted by any organization, and they can be held indoors or outdoors. Trials typically include Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 courses and can also include Puppy, Veteran and Junior courses.

Why should I consider hosting a Rally trial?

Rally is a great way to introduce your clients and students to the world of dog sports in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Rally trials are also good fundraisers for your organization or a local charity and help to build better relationships.

With Rally growing across the country, you can be one of the first orgnaizations in your area to offer this exciting new sport.

Contact Us

Where Do I Send Comments and Suggestions?

Please send any comments and suggestions to info@rallydogs.com or 972-487-2200 x103. Your concerns will be taken under consideration. The Rally Advisory Board will review all suggestions for change.

Further questions?

If you have any questions that aren't answered above or elsewhere on our web site, contact us directly at:

World Cynosport Rally • P. O. Box 850955 • Richardson, TX 75085-0955 • (972) 487-2200 x103

or email us at: info@rallydogs.com.

 

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