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More First for Rally-O at the Cynosport World Games

Dogs run rally-o at a new level - Level 3 - at Saturday's USDAA Games. By Anne Douglas

Today's rally obedience ring at the Cynosport Games saw a first-ever running of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Level 3 division on the West Coast.

The very first dog to run it was Dusty, a Belgian Terveran, owned and handled by Troy Ballard. Six dogs in total tried Level 3, APDT's most challenging class, and two managed to qualify. They were Wendy Hilton and Sasha, a Vizsla, and Dierdre O'Sullivan and Clancy, a Black Lab.

Other firsts today were for dogs and handlers who were trying rally for the first time. Sylvia Messmer of Tempe, Arizona, and her American Hairless Terrier, Curzon, ran through the rally-o show'n'go hosted by Paws for Reflection dog training school.

Curzon the American Hairless Terrier is almost nine years old and isn't doing as much agility anymore, so Messmer is looking for a retirement activity for the little guy. She says she likes rally-o because it allows you to talk to your dog. "He seems to like it. His little tail was wagging the whole time!"

Anne Douglas is the editor of DogSport Magazine ( and can be reached at


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