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USDAA Announces Acquisition of Rally Obedience Program

USDAA to assume operations of Rally obedience program from The Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

USDAA and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers have signed an agreement to transfer the APDT Rally Program to USDAA as of January 1, 2013.  APDT will continue to operate the program until the transfer is complete.  APDT will continue to be involved in an advisory capacity and sponsor of the program for a period of two years.

The Rally Program will continue going forward with business as usual, though it will be operated as an autonomous program in a separate entity with a separate web site, separate staff and separate advisory board selected from the Rally community. The Rally Program will operate under its current set of regulations and price structure, and all past APDT Rally titles and awards will be transferred to the new entity and continue to be recognized.

Following the transition of operations (effective December 31, 2012), registrants in Rally or USDAA Agility will be able to participate in either program without separate registrations.

Above (left to right)
APDT Executive Director Mychelle Blake
and USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch,
following signing of the agreement.

Says USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch, "We look forward to growing the Rally Program and working with APDT in the promotion and education of the public on the important elements of responsible pet ownership, not the least of which is training and being active with one's dog. Obedience has always been a consideration for USDAA, and the APDT program has proven itself as a sound program with a lot of potential."

More details will be announced as they become available.


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