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Upcoming Beginner Classes

[OB101] Puppy Kindergarten.   Instructor: Skye Anderson.     6 weeks.

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Puppy Kindergarten (Tues)

For puppies 10 weeks to 6 months old. Emphasis on positive socialization to people and other puppies. General husbandry topics will include crate training, housetraining, enrichment, 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, come, stay, even tricks! Bring current rabies certificate for puppies over 4 months. Location: Front training room.

Class limit: 3-10  Start: Jan 3 Day/Time: Tues., 6 pm.   Fee: $100 for non-members.  See the class registration for member discounts.

[OB101] Puppy Kindergarten.   Instructor: Rachel Lachow.      6 weeks.

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Puppy Kindergarten (Thurs)

For puppies 10 weeks to 6 months old. Emphasis on positive socialization to people and other puppies. General husbandry topics will include crate training, housetraining, enrichment, 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, come, stay, even tricks! Bring current rabies certificate for puppies over 4 months. Location: Front training room.

Class limit: 3-10  Start: Jan 6 Day/Time: Thu., 12:15 pm.   Fee: $100 for non-members.  See the class registration for member discounts.

[EL OB105] Basic Obedience. Instructor: Skye Anderson      6 weeks.

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Basic Obedience (6 wks)

For puppies older than six months and adult dogs just starting training. We will introduce the dogs to the basic skills: sit, down, stay, stand, come, loose-lead walking, and more, and cover topics such as timing and reward delivery, including a few tricks This is a reward-based class using clickers. Special Note: The FIRST night of class, please come WITHOUT your dog and with a copy of your dog’s rabies certificate. Location: Ring 1

Class limit: 3-8.  Start: Jan 3.  Day/Time: Tues., 7pm.  Fee: $100 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)

This class is intended for older 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: 4-8.  Start: Jan 5.  Day/Time: Thurs., 11 am.  Fee: $120 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

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

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Advanced Basic Obedience (8 wks)

This class is intended for older puppies & adult dogs. It continues the instruction provided in Puppy & Basic. The basic obedience principles will be taught in greater detail. Prerequisites: This class is open to dogs that have graduated from the Basic class, dogs owned by handlers with prior recent obedience experience, or dogs that have been evaluated by the instructor. At the end of the session, an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test will be offered. Location: Main Ring 1

Class limit: 3-10.  Start: Jan 3.  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)

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: Ring 1 & 2.

Class limit: 7.  Start: Jan 2.  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.     10 weeks.

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Beginner Agility (10 wks)

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: Jan 3.  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 (LMcKisson@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.