paw in hand | Rally builds the human animal bond


Rally is a enjoyable obedience sport that helps to develop a strong bond and working relationship with your dog. If you want a fun hobby with your dog, rally is for you! There are levels from beginner through to advanced. You could have a goal of entering shows to become the top rally team in Canada, or just as a social and fun training outlet for you and your dog.

In this competition the handler and dog complete a course made of various stations that each have an activity the dog and handler team must complete. There are two styles of Rally – CKC/AKC (Canadian & American Kennel Club) and CARO (Canadian Associate of Rally Obedience).

We encourage our students to train in either CKC/AKC or CARO Rally. You can compete with mixed breeds in both CARO and CKC/AKC Rally. Our Rally classes are taught by instructors that have top rally titles, at many training schools the instructors haven’t even trained OR competed with their own dogs in these sports! Come train with the best at a state of the art facility!

CARO Rally Obedience Signs
Here is a video showing AKC (American Kennel Club) Rally obedience. In Canada we have CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) Rally and we also have Caro Rally – all of these disciplines follow a very similar format.    This video will show some of the exercises from a novice to a more advanced level.

Rally Class Information

Length: 5 Weeks – 1 hour class
Class Size: 7
Price: $189 + GST
Prerequisite: Basic skills ie, sit, down, stay, heeling
Please Note: Aggressive or reactive dogs not suitable for group classes


  • When the weather is suitable, we will hold classes outdoors
  • Masks are required indoors


COVID- 19 Policies

  • Masks are not required outdoors but please, always have one available for indoor classes. For our Covid policies visit COVID Policies Page

Group classes are not appropriate for dogs that are overly fearful, anxious, or bark/lunge at other dogs or people.   We suggest you seek out private training to get this under control prior to a group class. We are not able to offer private training at TNT 

CKC & CARO Rally Class Schedule

ClassInstructorDayTimeDates (Start date in bold)
BeginnerKelly ThorburnThursdays11:30 amOct 28, Nov 4, 18, 25 & Dec 2, 2021  Note: No Class Nov 11, 2021 – FULL
NoviceKelly ThorburnMondays6:00 pmNov 8, 15, 22, 29 & Dec 6, 2021

In Progress Classes

These classes are no longer open for registration.
We leave them posted so students can check dates and times.

BeginnerKelly ThorburnMondays6:00 pmSep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4 & 18, 2021 Note: No Class Oct 11 – Thanksgiving – FULL

A Comparison  of CKC & CARO Rally

The following table gives a brief overview of the differences between CKC & CARO Rally. Both are a lot of fun to compete in and compliment each other.  Note: that CKC now allows mixed breeds to compete.

CKC Rally ObedienceCARO Rally Obedience
Mixed breeds are welcome to compete as of 2014Mixed breeds are welcome to compete
Scored out of a possible 100 points – 70 points required to passScored out of a possible 200 points – 170 required to pass
Does not allow disabled dogs to compete but does allow disabled handlers.CARO allows both disabled handlers and disabled dogs to compete. Modifications of the course for both handler and dog are permitted, at the judge’s discretion.
In the CKC style of Rally O there is no time limit to complete the courseIn the CARO style of Rally O there is a time limit to complete the course
Does not permit food in the ringMay give a food reward in-between exercise
Dogs must wear a collarDogs are allowed to wear either a collar or a harness
CKC Rally  rules do not specify the distance a handler must run from the side of a jumpCARO Rally O does specify the distance a handler must run from the side of a jump
In CKC Rally O, the dog is called to heel position after the handler makes the turnIn CARO Rally O, the dog moves along with the handler after the turn

Positive Training Methodology

TNT Training teaches using positive reinforcement and motivational methods. To help your dog understand what we are trying to teach them, we use food rewards. This method of teaching is proven to accelerate the learning process for dogs. The alternative to positive training, is to use compulsion and adversive methods and this type of training is not only old-fashioned and highly outdated, but also produces dogs that work out of fear and not because they “want” to. At TNT we want both yourselves AND your dogs to enjoy the learning and training process.