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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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DecorativeLineSeparatorMarch 1 Update: The Spring Class Catalog is now available here:

ODTC’s Spring Registration Calendar:
March 11 – Winter Puppy & Basic Obedience student placement
March 14 – Registration open for Club Contributing Members
March 18 – Registration opens for Club Training Members
March 22 – Registration opens to nonmembers

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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).

Spring Intro Classes

(For Advanced Classes, please see our Course Catalog)

NEW [OB105C] Basic Obedience                   FULL

Instructor:  Russ Bobb
StatusFor puppies older than 6 months and adult dogs starting training                                                RegisterButton
Class Limit:  5
Starts:  4/9 
Day/Time: Fridays, 11am (7 weeks)

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.  3) Only 1 person per dog will be allowed per class  Front Training Room.

 

NEW [OB105D] Basic Obedience   

Instructor:  Russ Bobb                                      FULL
StatusFor puppies older than 6 months and adult dogs starting training                                           RegisterButton
Class Limit:  5
Starts:  4/9 
Day/Time: Fridays, 12:30pm (7 weeks)

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.  3) Only 1 person per dog will be allowed per class  Front Training Room.

 

[OB101A] Puppy Kindergarten                                      FULL
 Instructor:  Sue Cox, Tanya GrimRegisterButton
StatusFor puppies 14 weeks to 6 months 
Class Limit:  4
Starts:  4/5 
Day/Time: Mondays, 8pm for 6 weeks
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

[OB101B] Puppy Kindergarten                      FULL
 Instructor:  Sue Cox, Dana HoppesRegisterButton
StatusFor puppies 14 weeks to 6 months 
Class Limit:  4
Starts:  5/24 
Day/Time: Mondays, 8pm for 6 weeks
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

 

NEW [OB107] AKC Puppy Home Manner Titling Class (Virtual)

 Instructor:  Rachel LachowRegisterButton
StatusFor puppies 10 weeks to 6 months 
Class Limit:  6
Starts:  4/26 
Day/Time: Mondays, 2-3pm for 6 weeks

 Train your puppy and earn a title (optional) from the privacy of your own home.  Using Zoom and videos, instruction will be given to teach your puppy the good manners all puppies need to know: Allow grooming; sit, down and come on cue; go to your place/bed; and walk on a loose lead.  We will also go over house training, how to play with your puppy, and how to handle typical puppy problems like nipping and jumping. Note: This a reward-based class and will use clickers.

[OB105A] Basic Obedience FULL

Instructors:  Tamalee Kramp, Tanya Grim
Status:  For puppies older than 6 months or adult dogs just starting trainingRegisterButton
Class Limit:  7
Starts:  4/8
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:00pm (7 Weeks)

 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.    3) Registration priority is given to students who have graduated from  ODTC’s [OB101] Winter Puppy Kindergarten.   Main Ring 1.

[OB105B] Basic Obedience FULL
Instructors:  Tamalee Kramp
Status:  For puppies older than 6 months or adult dogs just starting trainingRegisterButton
Class Limit:  7
Starts:  4/8
Day/Time: Thursdays, 7:15pm (7 Weeks)

 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.  3) Registration priority is given to students who have graduated from  ODTC’s [OB101] Winter Puppy Kindergarten.  Main Ring 1.

[OB110A] Advanced Basic/CGC & Tricks
Instructors:  Judi Ruff, Russ Bobb                                                    FULL  

Status:  For puppies older than 8 months and adult dogsRegisterButton
Class Limit:  7
Starts:  4/6
Day/Time: Tues., 3:15pm (8 Weeks)

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.

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.

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

[OB110B] Advanced Basic/CGC & Tricks        FULL                
Instructors:  Holly VanHouten, Nancy Anderson
Status:  For puppies older than 8 months and adult dogsRegisterButton
Class Limit:  7
Starts:  4/6
Day/Time: Tues., 6:30pm (8 Weeks)

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.

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.

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

 

[AG100] Agility 1                    FULL                                 
Instructors:  Cindy Deubler, Ginger Mihalik
Status:  For dogs that have never been exposed to agility equipment
Class Limit:  6RegisterButton
Starts:  4/12
Day/Time: Mon., 4:15-5:45pm (10 Weeks)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of ODTC’s Foundations for Dog Sports or permission of Instructor.

Dogs will be introduced to all equipment during this session, including contacts, weaves, and jumps. 

Graduation criteria: Including, but not limited to—able to work while another dog is working on the other side of the building; have a good stay in front of equipment; demonstrate solid 2 On/2 Off position on the travel board with distance and handler motion; send through a curved tunnel; perform a lowered or table-stabilized teeter; perform jumps independently; drive through open channel weaves. More detailed criteria will be provided in the first class.  Agility Ring

 

[AG101] Agility 1                        FULL              
Instructors:  Cindy Deubler, Barb Novak
Status:  For dogs that have never been exposed to agility equipment
Class Limit:  8RegisterButton
Starts:  4/8
Day/Time: Thurs., 8:30-10pm (10 Weeks)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of ODTC’s Foundations for Dog Sports or permission of Instructor.

Dogs will be introduced to all equipment during this session, including contacts, weaves, and jumps. 

Graduation criteria: Including, but not limited to—able to work while another dog is working on the other side of the building; have a good stay in front of equipment; demonstrate solid 2 On/2 Off position on the travel board with distance and handler motion; send through a curved tunnel; perform a lowered or table-stabilized teeter; perform jumps independently; drive through open channel weaves. More detailed criteria will be provided in the first class.  Agility Ring

Note:  Priority for the Thursday spring class is given to students from the Agility 1 Thursday winter class.

[AG110] Agility 2                                               FULL
Instructors:  Cindy Deubler
Status:  For dogs that have never been exposed to agility equipment or dogs that are repeating Agility 1
Class Limit:  6RegisterButton
Starts:  4/12
Day/Time: Mon., 6:15-7:45pm (10 Weeks)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Agility 1 or by permission of the Instructor. 

This class will build on independent obstacle performance with accuracy and speed. Dogs will progress to full height obstacles and equipment. Basic handling skills will be taught and perfected, using short sequences and exercises.  Agility Ring

Graduation criteria: Handler must be able to identify their dog’s contact performance for each contact; dog must be able to perform a sequence of 10-12 obstacles, be able to perform contacts while driving into 2 On/2 Off position on the dog walk and A-frame, drive through a set of 12 weaves, send to tunnels, tire and jumps, and hold a stay on the table. 

Note:  Priority is given to students from prior semester Agility 1 & 2. 

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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