Episode 29: Fun and Bonding with Rally Obedience featuring Kelli Gilliss

Are you looking to reinforce your dog’s obedience training in a fun and interactive way? Rally Obedience at any level is a great way to build your bond with your dog and sharpen their skills at the same time!

In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz™ Canine Academy Podcast, host Corey McCusker is joined by Lead Groomer and Muttz with Mannerz™ Trainer Kelli Gilliss to discuss Rally Obedience. Corey and Kelli will share what Rally-O is and the benefits for you and your dog!

In this episode, Corey and Kelli discuss:

  • Kelli’s background and interest in dog grooming & dog training, including working with her own dogs in agility and Rally Obedience.
  • How Kelli first got started with Rally-O and what it is all about.
  • Besides looking to have some fun what else is required for a dog and owner to take a Rally Obedience class.
  • What “stations” are and how a Rally-O class is set up for you and your dog.
  • Who can participate in a Rally Obedience class – all abilities are welcome!
  • The benefits of Rally-O for you and your dog – including exercising your body and your mind.
  • What is involved in moving into competitive Rally Obedience.
  • How Muttz with Mannerz is always adding new classes to help you have fun with your dog and Rally Obedience is one of them.


To join our next Rally Obedience class offered by Muttz with Mannerz visit https://www.muttzwithmannerz.com/dog-training/classes

CARO (Canadian Association of Rally Obedience)

American Kennel Club

Canadian Kennel Club

Special Guest
Kelli Gilliss,Senior Groomer and Trainer

Kelli brings an extensive background in dog training and behavior management to her work as a Certified International Groomer and Canine Coach. She is a graduate of Sheridan College Animal Health and Sciences and continues her education in Advanced Canine Nutrition and the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers. Kelli currently holds the position of Chair on ODGA which stands for Ontario Dog Grooming Association.

Kelli’s experience began in 1991 as a groomer and progressed to include multiple awards in the competitive grooming industry and titles in dog obedience. She started training and competing in obedience and agility in 1994, as well as performing with an animal actor touring group. She has titled multiple dogs in conformation, obedience, Rally-O, agility, disc dog, herding and tracking. Kelli’s passion lends its expertise to handling difficult to manage animals in both her grooming and training platforms. She worked as an “in clinic” trained veterinary technician since 1998 and she now explores and practices holistic veterinary care.

Kelli keeps a happy home with her two Australian Shepherds, furpups Maui, 10 ½ yrs and Crue 2 years old, her two children, Ella and Owen, and her husband, Steve.

Your Host:

Corey McCusker, Canine Coach
Corey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both.

Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life.

Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019. She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years.

Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley ( Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred(Maltese), Charlie(Morkie), and Cleo(Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz.


Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.com

Corey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.com

Join Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle


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