RA502: Foundation Skills for Rally-FrEe and Musical Freestyle 2

Instructor: Julie Flanery

Course Details

This course is a continuation of RA501 covering behaviors from both the Novice and Intermediate classes of Rally-FrEe. These behaviors are of great value to the freestyler, providing transitions to maintain momentum and flow in choreography as well as content and variety.  Please see syllabus for a list of behaviors.  In addition, each gold student will have the option of one additional behavior of their choice to be coached on during the session



There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.

Registration will begin at 12noon PDT. 

Enrollment limits: 12 gold, 12 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level, you can sign up any time during the registration period.


Week 1  Lecture, Video and Exercises

Review circles, spins and thru CW/CCW/Heel/Right

Circle transitions: left and right turns   

About U turns form Left and Right  

Circle around handler turns opposite

Week 2  Lecture, Video and Exercises

Paw work review and transitioning to the side 

Paw work variations  for Free Choice and Freestyle

Week 3  Lecture, Video and Exercises

Thru transitions: left and right turns  

Figure 8’s  

Week 4  Lecture, Video and Exercises

Walking weaves   

Thru variations for Free Choice signs and Freestyle  

Week 5  Lecture, Video and Exercises

Spin transitions: switch back 180 turns 

Spin transitions spin to center 

Simultaneous Spins

Week 6  Lecture, Video and Exercises

Into position signs: front, heel, right

Step back center  

Prerequisites and Equipment


Gold Student pre-requisite of RA500 or 501.  You may purchase RA501 for your library to meet your pre-req.

Students should be familiar with the use of markers, either a clicker or verbal marker and should understand the process of “shaping” or marking and rewarding small increments of behavior toward building the end result.

Dogs should have an understanding of markers and have the ability to focus on the handler during an exercise.  And be able to maintain a standing, stationary position in left and right heel for a few seconds.


We’ll be using target sticks for some behaviors. Target sticks should be 14-18 inches long and have a distinct “target” at the end.  If you don’t have a target stick, a household item may be used, such as a long wooden spoon or you can make one from a wooden or acrylic dowel and a foam practice golf ball. Target sticks can also be purchased online.

We will be using “training gates” to create clear criteria and eliminate the need for hand cues.  These can be made from wire cube organizer panels (sold online or in-store), secured in lengths of 10 with zip-ties.  Often you can find the wire panels used at thrift stores.  The best price I’ve found is at K-mart online, free ship to store or home, linked above. One box of 6 cubes will net you two lengths of 10 panels.  This is enough to cover the exercises in this course.

Very large dogs or dogs that may not respect barriers may use 18”-24’ Ex-pens.  Small dogs under 14 inches may use “critter trail play pen” also found online.

Standing platforms are an option for some exercises.

Please contact me if you have any questions regarding equipment.