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Oriole has wrapped up the spring semester and is currently offering summer classes and workshops.   Check out the class signups below on this page for the Intro classes or see our Class Catalog.

Don’t forget to check out our Workshops and Seminars page for more information !

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2019 Summer semester classes are below

If you want to view Oriole’s current offerings, you can find the intro classes here on this page.  For our advanced offerings, see the course catalog.

Fall classes are starting soon !

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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.

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).

Current Intro Classes

[OB105B] Basic Obedience. Instructor: Sue Cox   6 weeks.

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Status:  OPEN   For puppies 14 weeks to 6 months old. 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.

Class limit: 6. Start:  Sept. 9.  Day/Time: Mon, 7:45 pm. Fee: $90 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[OB105] Basic Obedience. Instructor:  Barb Novak  7 weeks.

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Status: OPEN This class is for puppies older than six months and adult dogs that are just starting their training or need a refresher. 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: No class on 9/16 and 10/14. 1) At least 3 dogs must be registered for class to be held.   2) The FIRST day of class, please come WITHOUT your dog and with a copy of your dog’s Rabies certificate. Front training room.

Class limit: 6. Start: Sept. 9.  Day/Time: Mon,  6:30 pm. Fee: $105 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[OB105B] Basic Obedience. Instructor: Tamalee Kemp  7 weeks.

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Status: OPEN This class is for puppies older than six months and adult dogs that are just starting their training or need a refresher. 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.  Front training room.

Class limit: 6. Start: Oct. 8. Day/Time: Tues, 7:00 pm. Fee: $105 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[OB110] Advanced Basic/CGC & Tricks Instructors: Holly VanHouten, Assistant: Nancy Anderson. 8 weeks.

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Status: OPEN This class is intended for puppies older than 8 months and adult dogs. It 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). Note: Priority will be given to the students from the OB105 & (B), OB106 classes. Prerequisites: 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. Main Ring 1

Class limit: 10 Start: Sept 10. Day/Time: Tues., 7:00pm. Fee: $120 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG050] Foundations for Dog Sports. Instructors: Rose Kane, Ashley Musser, Judi Ruff, Margaret McDowell, Jessica Keenan 10 weeks.

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Status: OPEN This class is for dogs aged 5 1/2 months & up who have graduated from a Basic Obedience or Puppy Kindergarten class. Dogs will be introduced to the basic relationship building and foundation skills needed to be competitive in timed, physically active dog sports such as agility, flyball, rally, and disc dog. Foundation training includes board & target training; fitness training; impulse control games; drive games with recalls and sends; emphasizing tugging as a reward; rear-end awareness and body coordination 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). This class is primarily taught using a clicker to shape behaviors. Students will be exposed to a variety of “proofing” techniques to improve their dog’s performance. Graduation criteria: (1) ability to hold a “stay” position with handler at least 10′ away; (2) dog exhibits body control coordination through demonstration of class exercises (3) dog can stay focused on handler while working around other dogs in low arousal situations (4) dog sends around an object from at least 5′ away (5) student exhibits understanding of training principles. Students planning to move ahead to Agility 1 have the additional criteria of (1) actively engaging with a toy and (2) dog assumes and maintains a 2 on 2 off position using a target plate and travel board. Note: The first night of class is required for participation in the course. Dogs do not come to the first night of class. Agility Ring

Class limit: 12 Start: Sept 11. Day/Time: Wed., 8:15pm. Fee: $150 for non-members.  See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG050A] Foundations for Dog Sports – Audit Only. Instructors: Rose Kane, Ashley Musser, Kim Culp, Margaret McDowell, Jessica Keenan. 10 weeks.

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Status: OPEN  Auditing of the  Foundations for Dog Sports class includes the lecture and all homework emails. Do not bring dog to class except for graduation night. Agility Ring.

Class limit: 8 Start: Sept 11. Day/Time: Wed., 8:15pm. Fee: $65 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG051] Foundations for Dog Sports. Instructor: Becky Hill. 10 weeks.

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Status: OPEN   This class is for dogs aged 5 1/2 months & up who have graduated from a Basic Obedience or Puppy Kindergarten class. Dogs will be introduced to the basic relationship building and foundation skills needed to be competitive in timed, physically active dog sports such as agility, flyball, rally, and disc dog. Foundation training includes board & target training; fitness training; impulse control games; drive games with recalls and sends; emphasizing tugging as a reward; rear-end awareness and body coordination 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). This class is primarily taught using a clicker to shape behaviors. Students will be exposed to a variety of “proofing” techniques to improve their dog’s performance. Graduation criteria: (1) ability to hold a “stay” position with handler at least 10′ away; (2) dog exhibits body control coordination through demonstration of class exercises (3) dog can stay focused on handler while working around other dogs in low arousal situations (4) dog sends around an object from at least 5′ away (5) student exhibits understanding of training principles. Students planning to move ahead to Agility 1 have the additional criteria of (1) actively engaging with a toy and (2) dog assumes and maintains a 2 on 2 off position using a target plate and travel board. Note: The first day of class is required for participation in the course. Dogs do not come to the first day of class. Agility Ring

Class limit: 5 Start: Sept 17. Day/Time: Wed., 9:30am – 11:00am. Fee: $150 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

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If you wish to be waitlisted for the Foundations for Dog Sports, please contact the Registrar, Lorinda McKisson (ODTCRegistrar@gmail.com) or use the online wait list form 

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