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Dove's Dog Riot with with trial ribbons

"Rally-O" (Rally Obedience) is a FUN and purely positive form of perfecting your dog's obedience!  In Rally-O you will learn lots of neat obedience exercises to do with your dog, then how to navigate a course set out with signs that instruct the team what to do.

Rally-O is great for any and every dog and owner!  Excitable dogs learn how to apply that energy to working, shy dogs gain confidence, distracted dogs learn how to focus on their owner,  and every owner learns better handling skills and how to train for perfected obedience in a positive manner!

Rally-O is also a competitive dogsport open to all dogs to compete in, regardless of age, breed or any physical limitations!  Competing is totally optional, but many of our students compete and are VERY successful at trials, earning titles for their dog, and nice ribbons to enjoy!




Julia's Dog Rikki with trial ribbons!

Why try Rally-O?

« Perfect your dog’s obedience in a fun and upbeat training style

« Classes are 100% positive (physical correction-free training)

« Excellent class for every dog, from shy to enthusiastic, all dogs will benefit.

« Build a better relationship with your dog and increase your bond.

« Advance your dog’s obedience training, and your handling and training skills



  • InstructorDove Cresswell & Julia Schwark
  • Class SizeMax 6
  • Class Length6 x 1 hour classes
  • Cost$160 +GST
  • Age Requirementsat least 6 months old
  • Breeds/SizeDogs of all breeds/sizes are welcome! This is a low-impact class physically for dogs and handlers - but its lots of mental exercise for you and your dog!
  • Class requirementsDogs must be under control at all times, and dogs need to have an existing foundation of basic obedience (ex. sit, down, stay, heel) don't worry if it's not perfect yet - we'll perfect these in class!
  • Rally-O AssociationWe teach as per the CARO (Canadian Association of Rally Obedience) guidelines.
  • Junior HandlersHandlers aged 10 and up are welcome! (Parent or guardian MUST be present for all classes for those under 14 years old)
  • GuestsOnly one handler per dog please.
    Human spectators are welcome, but no spectator dogs.
  • Class Location
If you would like to cancel or refund a class, we need to be notified at least 48 hours in advance of the first class.
For more information about our policies click the "View Policies" button.
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What is the difference between basic obedience and Rally-Obedience classes?

If your dog is reactive (i.e. lunges, barks etc towards other dogs and/or people), and requires a personal bubble of space from other dogs or people, we will accommodate your dog as long as you have previously or are currently working with a positive reinforcement trainer on your dog's reactivity, so that you are skilled at managing your dog in a group setting.

Need a trainer for this? Let us know! We are happy to help!

Please note: Agility Foundations class is very high energy! If other dogs running/barking/jumping would likely cause your dog to react or be uncomfortable, we recommend starting in a calmer class like Rally-Obedience or Good Manners before joining Agility Foundations.

If your dog barks excessively around other dogs (and cannot easily be stopped with a toy or food) we ask that you please contact us to schedule a private session before joining a group class, so that we can work on the barking before joining a more exciting group class. While we understand your dog may just be excited or nervous around the other dogs, if the dogs are constantly barking it is unfair to the students who cannot hear the instructor, and the instructor who has to try to talk over barking dogs.

Need help with this? Let us know, we're happy to help!



Step 1

Novice 1

  • For handlers and dogs who are new to the sport of Rally-Obedience

  • Classes in Progress

Wait-list is currently FULL

The wait-list is currently full, and has been closed to new entries. Once we can get those already on the wait-list into classes, we will re-open the wait-list. We estimate Summer 2020, but it may be later.

Step 2

Novice 2

  • For students who have completed Novice 1
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  • For students who have completed Novice 2
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Step 4


  • For students who have completed Advanced
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  • For students who have completed Advanced/Excellent
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Step 6


  • For experienced Rally-O Students
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Step 7+

Versatility/Working Class

  • For experienced Rally-O Students who's dogs are comfortable working on the right and wish to begin WC level training
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Jenny & Phoebe & Fergus

"Both of my dogs have benefitted uniquely from the Dogworks classes we have taken: Agility; Rally; Nosework; and Service Dog Behaviours. My relationship with my dog improves exponentially and the fun we have invigorates them , increasing their self-confidence and ultimately helping them to be Happy Dogs. In 40 years of doing dog-sports, mostly non-competitively, I have found Dogworks teachers to be the most skilled, warm, and versatile, and have made 'dog school' a fun place to be."

-- Jenny & Phoebe & Fergus
Cameron & Jake

"The first day of rally-o classes at Dogworks, my dog Jake was a mess. He wouldn't listen, he was scared, noise sensitive and I felt he would be a lost cause. Jake being already 3 years old I thought maybe it was too late to train him. But Julia never gave up. She said by the end of the course you won't believe you have the same dog, and she was right! Following her advice and instructions, and with lots of practicing at home, at the end Jake was happy, focused and listening to my commands. This gave me the confidence that we could do this. [...] Jake has now been in agility for about 1 year and he loves every class. He is confident and happy because of the safe and fun environment Dogworks creates . He has recently completed his first [agility] trial where he blew away all my expectations. I'm very excited to continue training with the Dogworks team and can't wait to expand on our skills. "

-- Cameron & Jake
Marianne & Snowy

"Snowy, our senior (10 year old) got 3 Qs, won her Novice title and also one High in Class in the Dogworks trial May 6 to 7 in Pitt Meadows. As with most terriers she and I needed lots of training when she was a pup just to bond. After basic puppy class we tried some agility and some tracking training. We stopped formal training at about age 3 but kept on with daily tricks just as part of our routine. When Snowy turned 10 in January she was sleeping a lot more and kind of withdrawing a bit and I decided to try Rally. I was worried about her reactivity in class but Dogworks are brilliant at handling dog-dog interactions. We felt totally safe there and have been training with Julia Schwark through Novice courses. This weekend was our first trial and it was so much fun! My girls eyes were sparkling and she was so happy and engaged. Love Rally! "

-- Marianne & Snowy
Sheryl & Wren

"Wren and I have taken Rally Obedience from Julia at DogWorks for over a year. We started in the Novice class and are now in Excellent/Versatility. We both love the classes! Julia is an amazing trainer - always positive, very knowledgeable, and encouraging. Her classes have strengthened the bond between us - Wren and I feel like a team now in class and at home. Wren has become much calmer, more confident, and trusts me to guide her through stressful situations. She snaps to attention, eyes alight, when I say, "Let's go to class," and "Are you ready to work?" I'm very thankful to Julia and DogWorks!"

-- Sheryl & Wren
Maria & Penny & Nemo

"Dove introduced me to the wonderful world of Rally-O almost a decade ago and my dogs and I LOVE it. Taking Rally-O classes has increased the bond between myself and my dogs, as well as made daily walks easier and fun for all, because my dogs happily walk in a loose leash heel and know a wide variety of useful commands. Dove keeps classes fun and positive for both the humans and dogs. She adds in fun challenges and even creative games, so class is never boring or repetitive. Dove also is extremely knowledgeable and has useful tips and tricks for any challenge you might be having with your dog handling skills. In addition to Rally-O, Penny and I have also taken tricks and other training classes, with Dove, Julia, and Karen. It is great how in classes, such as tricks, the Dogworks trainers tailor the instruction to the specific dogs in class so that every student can work at their own pace and focus on the tricks they want to work learn and skills they want to improve. All the Dogworks instructors are wonderful; They are very encouraging and definitely bring out the best in my dogs (and me too!)."

-- Maria & Penny & Nemo