The American Rat Terrier will typically excel at dog sports, one of which is Rally or Rally-O. Rally-O is a fast-paced version of traditional obedience exercises now offered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). While competitive, Rally-O is conducted in a relaxed setting, where the judge develops a course that the dog and their handler embark upon, following numbered signs and performing the exercises listed at each station. In Rally-O, the handler can use their upper body and talk to their dogs to encourage them. Rally-O is ideal for a dog like the American Rat Terrier who needs a lot of exercise (physical and mental) to keep out of trouble and be at their peak health. Training is not costly but the physical and mental payoff for your pup is enormous!