Daisy and Claire have been competing in Rally through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
Rally or Rally 'O' is a fun activity for you and your dog. Rally takes place on a course rather like agility. The dog and handler team navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform such as: Sit Down; Sit; Straight figure 8; Send over Jump; Recall over Jump; Left Turn.
Teams navigate the course at a brisk continuous performance without direction from the judge. Handlers are encouraged to talk to their dogs during the performance. It's surprisingly challenging, as there is a lot to think about, and it's surprisingly fun, because in no way is it strict obedience. In my experience, it's calming for the dog, as it teaches the dog (and owner!) to concentrate and as such does wonders to improve a dogs responsiveness and relationship with the owner.
One2one Rally at the showground in Shrewsbury costs £20 per half hour.