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

Previous Club Status: Level 2
(transitioned to Level 0 as of 12/1/2020)

(Information on level determinations can be viewed here)

DecorativeLineSeparatorDecember 1 Update: The Winter Class Catalog is now available!  Please see this post for more information.

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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).

Winter Intro Classes

(For Advanced Classes, please see our Course Catalog)

[OB101] Puppy Kindergarten 
 Instructor:  Sue Cox, Tanya GrimRegisterButton
StatusFor puppies 14 weeks to 6 months 
Class Limit:  4
Starts:  1/11 
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

 

[OB105] Basic Obedience
Instructors:  Tamalee Kramp
Status:  For puppies older than 6 months or adult dogs just starting trainingRegisterButton
Class Limit:  8
Starts:  1/14
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:15pm (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.  Main Ring 1.

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

 

[OB106] AKC Novice Trick Training and Testing Live On-Line
Instructors:  Rachel LachowRegisterButton
Status:  For dogs 4 months and older
Class Limit:  10
Starts:  9/14
Day/Time:  Mondays, 2-3pm (5 weeks)

Teach your dogs all they need to know to earn the AKC Trick Dog Novice title (TKN). Classes will be held on Zoom with support in a private Facebook group. Testing will be through video or Zoom.  All classes will be taped and available for one week after the session. This is a reward-based class and will be teaching the use of clickers.  Note: There is a minimum of four students to hold the class.

[OB110] Advanced Basic/CGC & Tricks
Instructors:  Holly VanHouten, Nancy Anderson
Status:  For puppies older than 8 months and adult dogsRegisterButton
Class Limit:  7
Starts:  1/12
Day/Time: Tues., 6:45pm (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 temperment 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 will be given to students who have graduated from ODTC’s [OB105] Basic Obedience class.

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

Status:  For puppies older than 8 months and adult dogsRegisterButton
Class Limit:  7
Starts:  1/12
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 temperment 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 will be given to students who have graduated from ODTC’s [OB105] Basic Obedience class.

[AG055] Foundations for Dog Sports: Clicker FUNdamentals
Live Online
Instructors:  Rose Kane, Kat Edrington, Ashley MusserRegisterButton
Status:  For dogs 3 months and older
Class Limit:  15
Starts:  9/10
Day/Time:  Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm (6 Weeks)

 This will be an online virtual learning interactive course with live lessons offered Thursday evenings.   Handlers will be introduced to clicker training and fundamentals of shaping behaviors. 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 target training; building coordination and precision; canine fitness training; impulse control games; drive games with recalls and sends; emphasizing tugging as a reward; and rear-end awareness. 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. If you do not own a clicker, it is requested that you purchase one prior to the first class.

Graduation criteria: (1) trainer ability to build small incremental criteria in order to train a more complex behavior (2) dog exhibits ability to learn by shaping (3) dog exhibits body control coordination through demonstration of class exercises (4) dog stays focused and engaged with handler (5) student exhibits sound coordination and timing for effective clicker training.  Students planning to move ahead to Foundations of Dog Training: Skills for Success 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: You can still have a working sport if you are unable to “attend” the live lessons on Thursday. Via Zoom Lives and a Private Facebook Group “Working Spot” Students are invited to submit 1-3 weekly videos and receive feedback to work through roadblocks, progress to complex versions of behavior, and improve timing and marking. If you don’t have a facebook account, all you need is an email address to create one at facebook.com.

[AG056] Foundations for Dog Sports: Skills for Success
Live Online
Instructors: Rose Kane,  Kat Edrington, Ashley Musser
Status:  For dogs 6 months and older
Class Limit:  20
Starts:  2/25
Day/Time:  Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm (6 Weeks)

Prerequisite: This class is for dogs who have graduated from Foundations: Fundamentals or completed a clicker based Basic Obedience or Puppy Kindergarten class. This class presumes a handler has sound understanding of shaping principles and good clicker coordination and timing. If you do not meet this criteria, AG055 is for you!RegisterButton

This will be an online virtual learning interactive course with live lessons offered Thursday evenings.  Dogs and handler teams will be introduced to the 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 travel board & nose 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 (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:  You can still have a working sport if you are unable to “attend” the live lessons on Thursday. Via Zoom Lives and a Private Facebook Group “Working Spot” Students are invited to submit 1-3 weekly videos and receive feedback to work through roadblocks, progress to complex versions of behavior, and improve timing and marking. If you don’t have a facebook account, all you need is an email address to create one at  facebook.com.

[AG100] Agility 1
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:  1/11
Day/Time: Mon., 4:15-5:45pm (10 Weeks)

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

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

Note:  Registration priority is given to current Fall semester Agility 1  students. 

[AG101] Agility 1
Instructors:  Cindy Deubler, Barb Novak
Status:  For dogs that have never been exposed to agility equipment or dogs that are repeating Agility 1
Class Limit:  6RegisterButton
Starts:  1/14
Day/Time: Thurs., 4:15-5:45pm (10 Weeks)

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

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

[AG110] Agility 2
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:  1/11
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:  Registration priority is given to students from prior semester Agility 1 & 2. 

[AG300] Pre-Competition – Skills Handling
Instructors:  Janet Gauntt
Status:  For dog and handler teams who are ready to train for competition and/or for advanced handlers who want to continue to work on handling maneuvers. 
Class Limit:  6RegisterButton
Starts:  1/11
Day/Time: Mon., 8:15-9:45pm (10 Weeks)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Agility 2, dogs currently in competition, or by permission of the Instructor. 

Class participants will be split into two groups and will train alternating weeks between sequences with contacts, and those primarily with jumps and weaves. Basic handling maneuvers, identifying lines and angles of approach and exit, and discriminations will be among the concepts taught, as well as continuing to build obstacle performance.  Agility Ring and Main Obed. Ring 1 and 2

Note:  Registration priority is given to AG300 students from prior semester. 

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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