This weekend me and Holly went to our first Rally-O competition! She did very well, I'm so proud of her! We competed in four rounds of Novice A ("A" is for first time dogs with first time handlers that haven't won anything). She got first in all four rounds, although in the first two rounds there was only one other dog and in the last two she was the only dog (although there were lots in Novice B) so she automatically got first in those But we got four nice ribbons, two toys, a dog towel and a bag of treats out of it. But the best bit is that in all four wins she also got a qualifying number of points! You have to get 90 or more points out of 100 to qualify and once you have qualified three times you get moved up to Advanced and Novice B (Novice B runs the same course as Novice A but has experienced handlers/dogs, many of which will already have the Rally Novice title). So Holly got: Novice A1 = 94 points Novice A2 = 98 points Novice A3 = 97 points Novice A4 = 97 points She also got the "Overall Best Novice Dog", which is for the dog with the overall most points for the weekend (Novice A and B combined). The prize for that was a bag of dog food (we will probably donate it to a dog rescue because it isn't the brand that I feed Holly). So it was a really good weekend, Holly was pretty consistent and was paying attention to me really well even though she must have been tired on the second day (she used to have problems with distractions and sniffing the floor). Now I just have to send three of her qualifying certificates to the NZKC and she will officially have the "Rally Novice" title so there will be "RN" after her name.