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2/21/2017 Building Status:  All reconstruction activities for the flood recovery are complete.  We will be spending the next several weeks reorganizing and putting the front part of the building back to rights.  Thanks everyone for your patience !
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cropped-ologowred.gifUpcoming Beginner Classes

We are close to finishing up the current semester and will start taking registrations shortly for the next session.  Check back soon to register.

[OB101] Puppy Kindergarten.   Instructor: Melissa Avenius.     6 weeks.

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Puppy K (Mon Apr 3)

Status: Open Soon for Registration.  Click  here to be added to the waitlist. For puppies 14 weeks to 6 months old. Emphasis on positive socialization to people and other puppies. 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, good play skills with dogs and people, sit, down, come, wait, even tricks! Bring current rabies certificate for puppies over 4 months. Location: Front training room.

Class limit:6  Start: Apr 3.  Day/Time: Mon., 6:30 pm.   Fee: $190 for non-members.  See the class registration for member discounts.

[OB101B] Puppy Kindergarten.   Instructor: Melissa Avenius.     6 weeks.

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Puppy K (Mon May 15)

Status: Click  here to be added to the waitlist. For puppies 14 weeks to 6 months old. Emphasis on positive socialization to people and other puppies. 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, good play skills with dogs and people, sit, down, come, wait, even tricks! Bring current rabies certificate for puppies over 4 months. Location: Front training room.

Class limit:6  Start: May 15.  Day/Time: Mon., 6:30 pm.   Fee: $190 for non-members.  See the class registration for member discounts.

[OB102] Puppy Kindergarten.   Instructor: Rachel Lachow.      6 weeks.

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Puppy Kindergarten (Mon daytime)

Status: Open Soon for Registration.  Click  here to be added to the waitlist. For puppies 14 weeks to 6 months old. 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, good play skills with dogs and people, sit, down, come, wait, even tricks! Bring current rabies certificate for puppies over 4 months. Location: Front training room.

Class limit: 6  Start: Apr 3 Day/Time: Mon., 12:15 pm.   Fee: $90 for non-members.  See the class registration for member discounts.

[EL OB105B] Basic Obedience. Instructor: Barb Novak      7 weeks.

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Basic Obedience (7 wks)

Status: Open Soon for Registration.  Click  here to be added to the waitlist. 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. Special Note: At least 3 dogs must be registered for class to be held. The FIRST night of class, please come WITHOUT your dog and with a copy of your dog’s rabies certificate. Location: Front training room.

Class limit: 6.  Start: Apr 5.  Day/Time: Wed., 8:00 pm.  Fee: $105 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[EL OB105] Basic Obedience. Instructor: Sue Carlton, Assistant: Deborah Dean      7 weeks.

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Basic Obedience (7 wks)

Status: Open Soon for Registration.  Click  here to be added to the waitlist. 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. Special Note: At least 3 dogs must be registered for class to be held. The FIRST night of class, please come WITHOUT your dog and with a copy of your dog’s rabies certificate. Location: Front training room.

Class limit: 6.  Start: May 2.  Day/Time: Tues., 7:15 pm.  Fee: $105 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[EL OB106] Basic Obedience. Instructor: Rachel Lachow.     8 weeks.

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Basic Obedience (8 wks)

Status: Open Soon for Registration.  Click  here to be added to the waitlist. This class is intended for puppies older than 6 months, as well as adult dogs just starting an obedience program. This course will introduce dogs to all of the basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stand, off, come, & loose-leash walking. In addition, we will practice useful commands for your home such as “go to your bed.” This is a reward–based class & uses clickers. Special note: The FIRST day of class, please come WITHOUT your dog and with a copy of your dog’s rabies certificate. Location: Front training Room (first 2 wks).  Main Ring 1 (next 6 wks)

Class limit: 8.  Start: Apr 3.  Day/Time: Mon, 11:00 am.  Fee: $120 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[EL OB110] Advanced Basic Obedience/CGC. Instructor: Holly Van Houten, Assistant: Nancy Anderson    8 weeks.

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Advanced Basic Obedience (8 wks)

Status: Open Soon for Registration.  Click  here to be added to the waitlist. 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 CGC test. Prerequisites: This class is open to dogs that have graduated from the Basic class and have a clear understanding of the basic exercises, dogs owned by handlers with prior recent obedience experience or dogs that have been evaluated by the instructor. At the eighth week of class an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test will be offered. Location: Main Ring 1 and 2

Class limit: 3-10.  Start: Apr 4.  Day/Time:Tues, 7pm.  Fee: $120 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG050] Foundations for Agility. Instructor: Janet Gauntt.     10 weeks.

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Foundations for Agility (10 wks)

Status: Open Soon for Registration.  Click  here to be added to the waitlist. This class is for dogs aged 5 & 1/2 months & up. Dogs will be introduced to very basic handling & foundation skills needed to be competitive in agility, as well as other dog sports. The intention is to build the relationship between the dog & handler while laying the foundations of skills for agility. Dogs will be introduced to the following, at a minimum: clicker & target training; tandem agility moves; wobble board; weave entries (2 poles only); fitness, focus games; tugging; rear-end awareness exercises; & obedience for agility. Dogs can & should be entered in this class at a young age & rotate through it twice to expose them to each foundation exercise twice during their “puppy brain” stage. Dogs will also be exposed to tunnels, chutes, & hoops. Location: Main Obed Ring 1 & 2.

Class limit: 7.  Start: Apr 3.  Day/Time:Mon, 8:15-9:45 pm.  Fee: $150 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[EL AG100] Beginner Agility. Instructor: Connie Miller, Jacqui Reardon, Dean Dessem.     10 weeks.

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Beginner Agility (10 wks)

Status: Open Soon for Registration.  Click  here to be added to the waitlist. This class is for dogs that have never been exposed to agility equipment. Dogs will be introduced to all equipment during this session, including all contacts, weaves, & jumps. Graduation criteria: Able to work while another dog is working on the other side of the building; have a good stay in front of equipment; have a good starting foundation of dog walk & A-frame contact criteria (with equipment set at least half height); able to send over a jump & do a sequence of jumps (not necessarily full height) to a target/table/tunnel; send to a curved tunnel; perform a shortened chute; perform a lowered or table-stabilized teeter; able to enter & work with weaves. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Foundations for Agility or by permission of the Instructor. Location: Agility Ring

Class limit: 7.  Start: Apr 4.  Day/Time:Tues, 8:15-9:45 pm.  Fee: $150 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

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If you wish to be waitlisted for a class that is full, 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 training classes in dog obedience and various dog sporting activities at our spacious, up to date  training facility in Halethorpe, MD.

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®)
  • scentwork (NACSW, BHA)

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

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

Voice Mail:
(410) 565-6651

Detailed directions to our facility can also be found here.