Rottweilers are an active, intelligent breed which loves nothing more than to be kept busy doing something fun and challenging. There are a number of activities which you can take part in with the breed including agility, tracking and carting, but a new type of dog sport is also proving to be a big hit too.
Dog Rally is a new, extremely fun sport for dogs. It is mainly a sport which is undertaken in America and it involves obedience, agility and it has taken its inspiration from sports car driving.
Rally and Your Rottweiler
If you are interested in Rally then you will need to ensure that you train your Rottweiler really well. It is not a sport in which you can just relax and take it at your own pace. Instead you are timed, there are 15-20 performance stations in which your dog has to perform something different and throughout a judge carefully watches the proceedings.
Your dog will be judged on just how smoothly it competes and how obedient it is. So your main aim is to get your Rottweiler to do obedience with speed and agility.
Now Rottweilers do have the potential to go quite quickly. However, when up against a Collie dog you will have your work cut out. The bulk of the Rottweiler will make it harder for you to get it to move with precision and so it will take a lot of practicing. However that is not to say that it cannot be done. It will simply take a lot of patience and practice - both of which are needed by Rottweiler owners anyway!
Now the best thing about Rally is that you can take part at three different levels. If you are just starting out then you are able to demonstrate only simply commands whilst your Rottweiler is on a leash. This is definitely worth trying out as it allows you to get your dog used to being around lots of other different dogs and to be in a competition ring.
Overall the Rottweiler is a smart breed of dog and Rally is a sport which it is likely to be really good at. Used for herding in history, the Rottweiler is used to a bit of speed. It is also extremely intelligent and willing to please so if you start from a young age there is no reason why your Rottweiler cannot do really well at Rally. If you have not yet thought about Rally and you would love to give your Rottweiler something fun and new to do, then it would be worth checking out whether there is a local club near you that offers the activity. Even if you just go along to see what kind of things to expect - you never know unless you try it.