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See the 2018 Fall Intro classes below.

Registration opens for non-member on August 28, 2018

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Welcome and please feel free to explore our web site.  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

[OB101] Puppy Kindergarten.   Instructor: Sue Carlton    6 weeks.

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Puppy K  (6 wks)

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. Front training room.

Class limit: 6   Start: Sept 10.   Day/Time:  Mon., 6:30 pm.   Fee: $90 for non-members.  See the class registration for member discounts.

[OB101B] Puppy Kindergarten.   Instructor: Sue Carlton  and Sue Cox   6 weeks.

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Puppy K  (6 wks)

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. Front training room.

Class limit: 6   Start: Sept 10.   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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Basic Obedience (7 wks)

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 and with a copy of your dog’s Rabies certificate. Front training room.

Class limit:  6.  Start:  Sept 19.   Day/Time:  Wed., 8:00 pm.  Fee: $105 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

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

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Basic Obedience (7 wks)

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 and with a copy of your dog’s Rabies certificate. Front training room.

Class limit:  6.  Start: Oct. 16   Day/Time:  Tues., 7:00 pm  Fee: $105 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[OB106] Basic Obedience & Trick Testing   Instructor:  Rachel Lachow    8 weeks.

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Basic Obedience & Tricks Testing (8 wks)

Status:  OPEN. 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 tricks each week to prepare your dog for the AKC Novice Trick Dog Test. The Trick Dog test will be optional and held on week 8. This is a reward–based class & uses clickers. 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 and with a copy of your dog’s rabies certificate. Front training Room (2 wks), Main Ring 1 (6 wks).

Class limit:  8.  Start: Sept. 17   Day/Time:  Mon., 11:30 am  Fee: $120 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

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

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Advanced Basic/CGC & Tricks (8 wks)

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. 11.    Day/Time:  Tues.,  7:00pm. Fee: $120 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[OB111] Advanced Basic/CGC    Instructors: Rachel Lachow   8 weeks

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Advanced Basic/CGC (8 wks)

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. At the eighth week of class an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) 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: 8  Start:  Sept. 17.   Day/Time: Mon., 2:00 pm.  . Fee: $120 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG050] Foundation for Dog Sports   Instructors: Rose Kane, Judy Ruff, Kat Edrington 10 weeks

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Foundation for Dog Sports   (10 wks)

Status:  FULL   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 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 & tugging; 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). Dogs will also learn to negotiate wobble boards, tunnels and low jump grids. Graduation criteria: (1) ability to work off-leash while another dog is working on the other side of the ring, and (2) performance of a “rally style” course composed of exercises learned in the class. Main Obed. Ring 1 and dock

Class limit: 10 Start: Sept. 11. Day/Time: Tues., 8:15 – 9:45 pm. . Fee: $150 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG050A] Foundation for Dog Sports – AUDIT ONLY   Instructors: Rose Kane, Judy Ruff, Kat Edrington 10 weeks

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Foundation for Dog Sports  (10 wks)

Status:  OPEN   Auditing of the Foundations for Agility class is available to ODTC members only at no cost. Do not bring dog to class. Main Obed. Ring 1 and dock. 

Class limit: Unlimited   Start: Sept. 11. Day/Time: Tues., 8:15 – 9:45 pm. . Fee: $0 Members only.

[AG051] Foundation for Dog Sports   Instructors: Rose Kane, Judy Ruff, Kat Edrington 10 weeks

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Foundation for Dog Sports  (10 wks)

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 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 & tugging; 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). Dogs will also learn to negotiate wobble boards, tunnels and low jump grids. Graduation criteria: (1) ability to work off-leash while another dog is working on the other side of the ring, and (2) performance of a “rally style” course composed of exercises learned in the class. Main Obed. Ring 1 and dock

Class limit: 10 Start: Sept. 12. Day/Time:  Wed., 8:15 – 9:45 pm. . Fee: $150 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG051A] Foundation for Dog Sports – AUDIT ONLY   Instructors: Rose Kane, Judy Ruff, Kat Edrington 10 weeks

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Foundation for Dog Sports  (10 wks)

Status:  OPEN   Auditing of the Foundations for Agility class is available to ODTC members only at no cost. Do not bring dog to class. Main Obed. Ring 1 and dock. 

Class limit: Unlimited   Start: Sept. 12. Day/Time: Tues., 8:15 – 9:45 pm. . Fee: $0 Members only.

[AG100] Agility 1   Instructors: Connie Miller, Sally Josselyn, Dean Dessem, Trina Laswell.  10 weeks

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Agility 1  (10 wks)

Status:  FULL   This class is for dogs that have never been exposed to agility equipment. Dogs will be introduced to all equipment during this session, including contacts, weaves, and 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; drive into 2 On/2 Off position on the dog walk and A-frame contacts at lower heights; send through a curved tunnel; perform a lowered or table-stabilized teeter; perform jumps independently; drive through open channel weaves. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Foundations for Agility or permission of Instructor. Agility Ring

Class limit: 12  Start: Sept. 11. Day/Time:  Tues., 8:15 – 9:45 pm. . Fee: $150 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG110] Agility 2   Instructors: Terry Herman, Nancy Morris, Carol Murray   10 weeks

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Agility 2  (10 wks)

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

Class limit: 10 Start: Sept. 10.  Day/Time:  Wed., 6:30 -8:00 pm. . 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)
  • 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