The Kennel Club has made changes to the current rally
regulations, which will come into effect immediately.
Concern was raised regarding Level 2 Bonus Exercise 2, as it was
felt that leaving the dog unattended could be stressful and was a
potential welfare issue. Consequently, the General Committee has
approved the removal of the exercise from the rally rules and
The removed exercise was as follows:
BONUS EXERCISE 2 HALT STAND FOR EXAM-RETURN AND FORWARD
Two exercise signs are needed for this exercise. At the first
sign - Halt Stand for Exam - the handler halts and the dog sits at
heel. Handler may leave the heel position and "stack" (or pose) the
dog as done in conformation, or may simply cue the dog to stand.
Handler may touch the dog to help position the stand, but may not
physically force/lift the dog to stand. Handler then returns to
heel position, cues the dog to wait or stay, then leaves the dog,
walks 1.8 metres away, and turns to face the dog. The judge steps
forward and examines the dog briefly, touching the dog lightly
making a continuous movement from the head to the base of the
RETURN AND FORWARD FROM STAND
This sign is placed so that it can be observed by the handler
after he/she has moved away and turned to face the dog. After the
judge has completed the examination of the dog, the handler returns
to heel position by passing the dog on the handler's right, turning
around behind the dog and moving up into heel position. The handler
then cues the dog to heel and moves forward without instruction
from the judge.
Please find attached images of the relevant signs. For more
information about rally, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/rally/.