There are several about turns in rally obedience and some are much
easier than others. Older dogs like Jamie can have trouble with
doing a smart flip round to the left, but Jamie still enjoys doing a lot
of the exercises and he's nearly fifteen. Here are some video
clips of some of the about turns
About Turn Right
This is the easiest about turn for the dog.
Keeping the dog on your left you simply do an about turn to the right
whilst keeping the dog at heel. In the first video Sasha has a go
and in the second one Jamie does his about turn whilst being closely
watched and interfered with by Sasha.
About U Turn
This exercise is just an about turn to the left instead of to
the right. It's slightly more difficult in that the dog isn't simply
following you round but most dogs pick it up very quickly.
Left About turn
This turn looks complicated in the sign but it really is easy. The dog
goes around to the right of the handler while the handler does a U turn to the
These are some of the about turns in rally
obedience but there are several more. The next time we get some
good weather I'll video a few more and add them to the page.