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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$150 +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 Location6976 Palm Ave, Burnaby.
    Map link to our location: https://goo.gl/maps/dVgVI
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.
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If your dog is reactive, and requires a personal bubble of space from other dogs, we will accommodate your dog as long as you have previously worked with a positive reinforcement trainer on your dog's reactivity, so that you are skilled at managing your dog and preventing dog-dog interactions in a group setting.
Need a trainer for this? Let us know! We are happy to help!


What is the difference between basic obedience and Rally-Obedience classes?

Step 1

Novice 1

  • For handlers and dogs who are new to the sport of Rally-Obedience
  • Classes in Progress
  • Mondays @ 5:00-6:00pm
    Dates: Sept 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 15
    Instructor: Julia Schwark

Step 2

Novice 2

  • For students who have completed Novice 1
  • Classes in Progress:
  • Saturdays @ 11:00am-12:00pm
    Dates: Sept 15, 29, Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3
    Instructor: Julia Schwark

Step 3


  • For students who have completed Novice 2
  • Classes in Progress:

Step 4


  • For students who have completed Advanced
  • Classes in Progress:
  • Saturdays @ 12:15-1:15pm
    Dates: Sept 15, 29, Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3
    Instructor: Julia Schwark

Step 5


  • For students who have completed Advanced/Excellent
  • Classes in Progress:
  • Saturdays @ 4:30-5:30pm
    Dates: Sept 15, 29, Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3
    Instructor: Julia Schwark

Step 6


  • For experienced Rally-O Students
  • Classes in Progress:
  • Sundays @ 12:00pm-1:00pm
    Dates: Aug 26, Sept 2, 9, 26, 23, 30
    Instructor: Dove Cresswell
  • Saturdays @ 1:30-2:30pm
    Dates: Sept 15, 29, Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3
    Instructor: Julia Schwark

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
  • Classes in Progress:
  • Mondays @ 6:15-7:15pm
    Dates: Sept 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 15
    Instructor: Dove Cresswell
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 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
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
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