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Covid-19 Waiver

Current Club Status: Level 0
All planned activities and classes are proceeding as scheduled.

Previous Club Status: Level 1
(transitioned to Level 0 as of 2/18/2021)

(Information on level determinations can be viewed here)

 

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Welcome and please feel free to explore our website.  If you are new to dog training and to dogs sports, you may want to start with the information below on our beginner classes.

In normal times, we hold regularly scheduled and very affordable dog obedience training classes as well as many other classes and events for various dog sports at our spacious, up to date training facility in Halethorpe, MD (immediately south of Baltimore near the junction of I-695 and I-95).

Summer Intro Classes

(For Advanced Classes, please see our Course Catalog)

SUMMER REGISTRATION TIMELINE: 

6/14 @ 6AM for Contributing Club Members

6/18 @ 6AM for Training Club Members

6/22 @ 6AM - remaining spots are available to the public!

[OB101] Puppy Kindergarten  
 Instructor:  Sue Cox, Kirsti LaVoyRegisterButton
Class Limit:  4
Starts:  7/12
Day/Time: Mondays, 8pm for 6 weeks

Eligibility:  For puppies 14 weeks to 6 months

Emphasis on positive socialization to people and other puppies, environmental surroundings and contacts.  General behavior topics will include crate training, housetraining, reading body language, and reducing nipping and jumping.  We will  focus on skills like attention to owner, loose leash walking, rear end awareness, good play and greeting skills with dogs and people, sit, down, come, wait , even tricks! This is a “food” reward-based class. 
Note:  
Bring current rabies certificate for puppies over 4 months to the first night of class. Puppies attend the first class.  Front training room

 

[OB105A] Basic Obedience 
Instructors:  Tanya Grim, Dana HoppesRegisterButton
Class Limit:  5
Starts:  7/15
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:00pm (7 Weeks)

Eligibility:  For puppies older than 6 months or adult dogs just starting training.

Note:  Registration priority is given to students who have graduated from ODTC’s [OB101]  Spring Puppy Kindergarten class.

The course will introduce dogs to all the basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stand, come, off, and loose-leash walking.  In addition, we will practice the commands with real life training exercises, such as not bolting through the door when opened and park bench manners, etc.  This is a “food” reward-based class.    NOTE:  1) At least 3 dogs must be registered for class to be held.  2) The FIRST day of class, please come WITHOUT your dog & with a copy of your dog’s Rabies certificate.   Front Training Room.

 

[OB105B] Basic Obedience                         FULL
Instructors:  Tamalee Kramp
Class Limit:  8                                                                 
Starts:  7/15
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:00pm (7 Weeks)

Eligibility:  For puppies older than 6 months or adult dogs just starting training.

Note:  Registration priority is given to students who have graduated from ODTC’s [OB101]  Spring Puppy Kindergarten class.

The course will introduce dogs to all the basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stand, come, off, and loose-leash walking.  In addition, we will practice the commands with real life training exercises, such as not bolting through the door when opened and park bench manners, etc.  This is a “food” reward-based class.  NOTES:  1) At least 3 dogs must be registered for class to be held.  2) The FIRST day of class, please come WITHOUT your dog & with a copy of your dog’s Rabies certificate.   Main Ring 1.

 

[OB110] Advanced Basic/CGC & Tricks
Instructors:  Judi Ruff, Russ Bobb                                      RegisterButton
Class Limit: 12
Starts:  7/13
Day/Time: Tues., 3:15pm (8 Weeks)

Eligibility:  For puppies older than 8 months or adult dogs just starting training.  This class is open to dogs that have a sound temperament and clear understanding of the basic exercises, dogs owned by handlers with prior recent obedience experience or dogs that have been evaluated by the instructor.

Note:  Registration priority is given to students who have graduated from ODTC’s [OB105]  Spring Basic Obedience class.

The class continues the instruction provided in the Basic class.  The basic obedience exercises will be taught in greater detail to prepare your dog for the Canine Good Citizen test.  Additionally, tricks will be taught to prepare your dog for the Trick Dog Test.  At the eighth week of class an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and the AKC Trick Dog Test will be offered (date to be announced in class).  Main Ring 1.

 

[AG050] Foundations of Dog Sports – Off-site                         
Instructors:  Rose Kane, Sue Cox
Class Limit: 12RegisterButton
Starts:  6/26
Day/Time: Sat., 8:30am-9:40am (7 Weeks)


Eligibility:  For dogs 5 1/2 Months and up who have graduated from a puppy kindergarten, Basic Obedience or Foundations class

Dogs will be introduced to the basic handling and foundation skills needed to be competitive in timed, physically active dog sports such as agility, flyball, rally and disc dog.  Foundation training includes: clicker & target training; tandem agility moves; fitness training; focus games; drive games emphasizing fast fun recalls, play with toys & tugging; and rear-end awareness exercises. Dogs can and should be entered in this class at a young age (although it is reasonable to expect very young dogs to rotate through it twice to expose them to each foundation exercise twice during their “puppy brain” stage).  

Graduation criteria: (1) ability to work off-leash while 3 dog is working, and (2) performance of a “ray style” course composed of exercises learned in the class Notes:  1) We will still be observing social distancing measures of 6’. 2)  Classes that are cancelled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled; weather make up days 8/14 & 8/21, 3) Dogs attend the first class; 4) Bring to class each week:  a towel or mat, chair for you to sit on, soft treats and water for your dog, 5) *See Covid note below.   Outdoor class location:   2128 Freeland Rd., Freeland, MD 21053.  Please arrive by 8:15am to settle into your spot.  

 

[DS100A] Survey of Dog Sports – Offsite                          
Instructors:  Sue Cox, Rose Kane, Deb Dean, others TBD
Class Limit:  10RegisterButton
Starts:  6/26
Day/Time: Sat., 10am-11:15am (4 Weeks)

Eligibility:  For dogs 9 months and older who have graduated from a Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience, or Foundations type class.  

Each week, dogs will be introduced to the foundations of 2-3 new sports. Dog sports covered in this class will include, at minimum, Flyball, Agility, Obedience, Rally, Disc, Nose Work, and Barn Hunt. This class is meant to help owners and their dogs try out different sports and determine what might be the best match for them as a team. 

Notes:  1) Dogs attend the first class; 2) Bring to class each week:  a towel or mat, chair for you to sit on, soft treats and water for your dog.  3)  If you are enrolling in our foundations of dog sports class, we recommend not enrolling in this class on the same day, as it will make for a very long day for your dog. 4) Classes that are cancelled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled; weather make up day 7/24.  4) *See Covid Policy below. 

Outdoor class location:   2128 Freeland Rd., Freeland, MD 21053.  Please arrive by 8:15am to settle into your spot.  

[DS100B] Survey of Dog Sports – Offsite                          
Instructors:  Sue Cox, Rose Kane, Deb Dean, others TBD
Class Limit:  10RegisterButton
Starts:  7/31
Day/Time: Sat., 10am-11:15am (4 Weeks)

Eligibility:  For dogs 9 months and older who have graduated from a Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience, or Foundations type class.  

Each week, dogs will be introduced to the foundations of 2-3 new sports. Dog sports covered in this class will include, at minimum, Flyball, Agility, Obedience, Rally, Disc, Nose Work, and Barn Hunt. This class is meant to help owners and their dogs try out different sports and determine what might be the best match for them as a team. 

Notes:  1) Dogs attend the first class; 2) Bring to class each week:  a towel or mat, chair for you to sit on, soft treats and water for your dog.  3)  If you are enrolling in our foundations of dog sports class, we recommend not enrolling in this class on the same day, as it will make for a very long day for your dog. 4) Classes that are cancelled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled; weather make up day 7/24.  4) *See Covid Policy below. 

Outdoor class location:   2128 Freeland Rd., Freeland, MD 21053.  Please arrive by 8:15am to settle into your spot.  

*COVID policy for AG050, DS100A, DS100B:  Clients must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth and follow the 6 ft. social distancing during the class and on the premises.  If you have been fully vaccinated 2 or more weeks prior to the first class, you may participate without a mask. You MUST bring your vaccination card to the first class if you would like to use this benefit. If you wish to enter the house to use the rest room, a mask will be required. Please sign the online waiver when registering for class at https://odtc.clubexpress.com.

Email questions  to Dana Hoppes at registrarodtc@gmail.com

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Agility Privates

World team member Terry Herman is offering privates at the building on Monday and Wednesday.  Click here for more information, or  To register for a private lesson:

Mondays Privates: click here: [EL AG540A] Privates

Wednesday Privates: click here:[EL AG540B] Privates

Interested in our advanced class offerings?  See this link.

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About Us:  The Oriole Dog Training Club, Inc is a non-profit organization formed in 1945 to  promote  the utility of dogs regardless of pedigree as well behaved and reliable companions  for their own safety and well being, for the pleasure of their owners, and so they will be considered good canine citizens of the community.

We hold regularly scheduled and very affordable dog obedience training classes as well as many other classes and events for various dog sports at our spacious, up to date  training facility in Halethorpe, MD (immediately south of Baltimore near the junction of I-695 and I-95)

Our all volunteer instructing staff is passionate about both companion dog (pet manners) training and dog sports training, and collectively represents decades of experience.

We are a licensed club with the American Kennel Club  (AKC®) and in addition hold group membership with the following dog sporting organizations:

  • North American Flyball Association (NAFA®)
  • United States Dog Agility Association(USDAA®)
  • North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC)
  • Canine Performance Events (CPE)
  • National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW)
  • Barn Hunt Association (BHA)

Our club members range in experience from those just beginning the journey of learning how to train and trial with a dog to talented amateurs with a part-time interest in dog training and even to members who compete or judge successfully at the national (sometimes even international) level.

In addition to dog training classes, we organize and hold numerous community outreach activities, canine health clinics, seminars, workshops, and dog sporting events both at our training building and at multiple locations in and around the Baltimore, Columbia, and Washington DC metro area including:

  • obedience (AKC®),
  • tracking (AKC®),
  • agility (USDAA®, NADAC, AKC®,CPE),
  • flyball (NAFA®),
  • rally (AKC Rally®)
  • scentwork (NACSW, BHA, AKC®)
  • coursing (AKC Fast CAT®)

Have questions?  Explore our website or start with our FAQ.

Google-maps-iconAddress:
9 Azar Ct.
Halethorpe, MD 21227

Detailed directions to our facility can also be found here

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