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All Club activities are currently suspended.

Please read the following announcement from our Communications Director:

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May 19 Addendum:  Please note that the Jun 6-7 Barn Hunt trial has been cancelled as well.

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2020 Spring  semester classes are below

If you want to view Oriole’s current offerings, you can find the intro classes here on this page.  For our advanced offerings, see the course catalog.

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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.

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 Cox   6 weeks.

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Status: 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. Notes: 1) Puppies attend the first class. 2) Bring current rabies certificate for puppies over 4 months to the first night of class. Front training room.

Class limit: 6.   Start:  4/7.  Day/Time: Mon, 7:45 pm. Fee: $90 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

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

RegisterButtonStatus: 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. Notes: 1) Puppies attend the first class. 2) Bring current rabies certificate for puppies over 4 months to the first night of class. Front training room.

Class limit: 6. Start: 5/18. Day/Time: Mon, 7:45 pm. Fee: $90 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[OB105] Basic Obedience. Instructor:  Tamalee Kramp  7 weeks.

RegisterButtonStatus: FULL 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) The FIRST day of class, please come WITHOUT your dog. 2) At least 3 dogs must be registered for class to be held. Front training room.   

Class limit: 6.   Start:  4/14.  Day/Time: Tues,  7:00 pm. Fee: $105 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

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

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Status: FULL 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).
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: Priority will be given to the students from the OB105 & (B), OB106 classes. Main Ring 1. 

Class limit: 10 Start: 4/14  Day/Time: Tues., 7:00pm. Fee: $120 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG050] Foundations for Dog Sports. Instructors: Rose Kane, Ashley Musser, Judi Ruff, Margaret McDowell, Jessica Keenan 10 weeks.

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StatusFULL 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 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 board & 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 around other dogs in low arousal situations (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: The first night of class is required for participation in the course. Dogs do not come to the first night of class. Main Ring 1 & 2.  

Class limit: 12   Start: 4/13 Day/Time: Mon., 8:15pm. Fee: $150 for non-members.  See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG051] Foundations for Dog Sports. Instructor: Rachel Lachow, Marina Raukhverger. 10 weeks.

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Status: 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 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 board & 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 around other dogs in low arousal situations (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: The first day of class is required for participation in the course. Dogs do not come to the first day of class. Agility Ring

Class limit: 5   Start: 4/14.   Day/Time: Tues., 9:30am – 11:00am. Fee: $150 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG051B] Foundations – Plus. Instructor: Cindy Deubler. 10 weeks.

RegisterButtonStatus: This class is a continuation of the Foundations for Dog Sports for those dogs who completed Foundations but aren’t yet ready to advance to Agility 1. Dogs will continue basic relationship building and foundation skills needed to be competitive in timed, physically active dog sports. Training will include work on the travel board & with targets; fitness training; impulse control games; drive games with recalls and sends; emphasizing tugging as a reward; rear-end awareness and body coordination exercises. 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 around other dogs in low arousal situations (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. Priority: Preference will be given to students coming out of Foundations for Dog Sports. Agility Ring

Class limit:Start: 4/13.   REVISED Day/Time: Mon., 2:45pm – 4pm. Fee: $100 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG100] Agility 1. Instructors: Connie Miller, Sally Josselyn, Kat Edrington. 10 weeks.

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

Class limit: 10   Start: 4/13.  Day/Time: Tues., 8:15-9:45pm.   Fee: $150 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG100A] Agility 1. Instructors: Cindy Deubler, Tracey Luggiero. 10 weeks.

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

Class limit: 5 Start: 4/13. Day/Time: Tues., 1-2:30pm. Fee: $150 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG110] Agility 2. Instructor: Nancy Morris, Cindy Deubler, Ginger Mihalik. 10 weeks.

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Status: This class will build on independent obstacle performance with accuracy and speed. Dogs will progress to full height obstacles and equipment. 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: 4/13. Day/Time: Tues., 6:30-8pm. Fee: $150 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

[AG120] Agility 3. Instructor: Cindy Deubler. 10 weeks.

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Status: This class will build on independent obstacle performance with accuracy and speed. Dogs will progress to full height obstacles and equipment. 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
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Agility 2 or by permission of the Instructor. Agility Ring

Class limit: 6 Start: 4/13. Day/Time: Tues., 4:30-6pm. Fee: $150 for non-members. See the class registration for member discounts.

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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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