The AKC is updating the Rally rules, regulations and signs. It really looks like they are trying to turn rally into a legitimate sport.
Favorite new regulation:"Substantial Deduction (6-10 points) for each of the following:
• Incorrectly performed station** (Automatic 10 point deduction)
• Failure to complete the Sit Stay Exercise (IP)–No retries allowed
• Failure of dog to go over the jump in the proper direction (IP) – no retries allowed
• Luring /pleading with the dog
• Lack of natural manner"
To me this is a big step forward. I am a "positive" trainer and use treats and a little luring in my training. However, I would never, ever consider taking a dog into the ring if they "needed" to be lured around a course. To me that is not a trained dog it's a dog being tricked into performing.
Favorite new novice sign:#36 Slow forward from sit
Favorite new Advance sign:#118 Halt leave dog 2 steps call to heel forwad
Favorite new Excellent sign:#209 Stand leave dog down dog call front-finish
Check out the rest of the new rules and regulations here --> New Rally Regulations
Check out the new signs here --> New Rally Signs