AKC Rally Training

Sin City K9 is pleased to announce that we have partnered with AKC judge and rally trainer Carol Riback to offer rally training!

Carol Riback

About Carol Riback:

Carol Riback is an American Kennel Club Novice judge with 25+ years of experience training dogs for obedience competition.  Carol became interested in obedience when her first trainer urged her to go to an obedience work shop with her dog.  That one visit hooked Carol and she trained that first dog to an AKC CDX title.  She has trained 4 dogs to CD titles, 2 dogs to CDX titles, 1 to a UD title and almost a UDX title but had to retire him due to a back injury.  She has also trained 2 dogs to AKC Rally Advanced titles and 1 dog to a Rally Excellent title.  She is currently training her new dog, Casper, Janco’s White Magic, CD, BN,RE, to achieve the Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) title and also trains him in agility and tracking.

Carol has trained with several top trainers and has attended numerous seminars on training methods.  Her method is to create a relationship between dog and handler nurtured with positive praise and reward.  The lesson plans are designed around your goals for your dog, his personality and ability.  The exercises will be broken into small increments and explained why it is taught to create the foundation.  She does not believe “one size fits all” and will be creative to achieve the desired result.

Carol believe dogs are happier and healthier when they have a job, whether it is bringing in the newspaper, getting your slippers, competing in various dog sports, or visiting patients as a therapy dog.  Obedience training teaches your dog good canine manners and to be a pleasure to have in your home and out in public.


About AKC Rally (from Wikipedia):

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. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course.

There are currently five sanctioning bodies for Rally-O in the United States: the American Kennel Club (AKC); the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT); and the newly formed Canine Work and Games (C-Wags)and Canines and Humans United (CHU). The United Kennel Club (UKC) added rally obedience to their program as of January 2009, and the Swedish Working Dog Club (SBK) added it in July 2011.

In AKC Rally, which is open to AKC breeds and mixed breed dogs registered in the AKC Canine Partners program, the team starts with 100 points, and the judge deducts points for mistakes. After qualifying three times under two different judges, the dog earns a title, which appears after the dog’s registered name. Each qualifying trial earned is known as a “leg.”

There are three levels in AKC Rally:

  • Novice, the beginner’s class. The dog is on leash and there are 10 to 15 stations, the title is RN.
  • Advanced, for dogs who have completed their novice title. Dogs are judged off leash, and the title is RA.
  • Excellent, the highest class, for dogs who have earned their advanced title. 15 to 20 stations, including 2 jumps, are used in this class and the title is RE.