Rally Novice (RN): this is the first level for those just getting started in competition. All exercises are performed with the dog on leash. There are 10-15 stations to complete with no more than five stationary exercises. The exercises performed vary from turning 360 degrees to changing paces during the course. Exhibitors at this level may clap their hands and pat their legs through the course.
Rally Excellent (RE): this third and highest level of AKC Rally is the most challenging. Exercises are performed off-leash except for the honor exercise.There is a requirement of 15-20 stations, with no more than 7 stationary exercises. Handlers are only allowed to encourage their dogs verbally. Physical encouragement is not allowed at this level. The Excellent-level exercises include backing up three steps, while the dog stays in the heel position and a moving stand, while the handler walks around the dog.
In addition a dog can earn the Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE)The requirement for the RAE title is that the dog must qualify ten times in both the Advanced B class and the Excellent B class at the same trial (the rally equivalent of the UDX title in obedience).