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The Premium List for the May 18-19, 2019 USDAA Trial is Posted


The premium for the May 18-19, 2019 Artful Dodgers USDAA trial at the Oriole Dog Training Club is now available on-line at

This is a single ring trial indoors on Sprinturf and consists of all levels (Starters thru Masters) of titling classes – Standard, Gamblers, Relay, Snooker, and Jumpers – offered over 2 days.   In addition, we have  a Grand Prix and Biathlon as well as Intro Jumpers.

Depending on the entry size, we plan to offer a limited number of Mulligan runs and of course, if you need to do a little training in a trial environment, Fix and Continue will be offered in all classes which have a numbered course design.

Preakness144Stick around after the trial on Saturday for some fun and games and a Preakness watching party.   Sign up on the entry form or email the trial secretary ( before we order the food!

As with all USDAA trials, entries are unlimited, as long as the entry is received by the closing date of  May 8, 2019.

Further information will be available as we get neared to the trial on the Artful Dodgers USDAA blog.

May 24-26, 2019 AKC Rally & Obedience Premium is Now Available

CH Golly G’s Fellow Traveler UDX2 OM2 VER BN GN RN OA OAJ JH earning his OM3 on May 27,2018 at ODTC Obedience Trial.

Come join us this spring in climate-controlled comfort for a Friday night AKC Rally and Saturday/Sunday AKC Obedience trial held on Sprinturf in our training building in Halethorpe, Maryland!  You’ll find the premium on our website under Events on our AKC Obedience Trial Information page.

Entries for this trial open in two days on Wednesday, May 8.

And if you haven’t already entered, don’t miss our new AKC Rally only trial on April 6-7, 2019

From the AKC: Maryland Legislative Alert

Please read and considering acting upon this important communication from the AKC.

January 28, 2019

Maryland House and Senate committees are considering bills over the next week that could cause an owner to permanently lose ownership of their animals when they are suspected of cruelty – even if they are found not guilty.

The AKC agrees that anyone found guilty of cruelty should be punished appropriately, including being responsible for the care of animals seized. However, under Senate Bill 152 and House Bill 135, a person could lose their animals forever just for being accused of cruelty unless they pay monthly fees (as determined by the agency that seized the animals) for the boarding of animals for the duration of the trial and any appeals.

These requirements imply the guilt of an individual before a conviction has been reached, and is likely to legitimize if not increase frivolous accusations and harassment of breeders and multiple-pet owners by anti-breeder radicals.

Those who reside, participate in dog events, or are co-owners of dogs in Maryland are strongly encouraged to contact the committees and express your concerns with Senate Bill 152 and House Bill 135.


Senate Bill 152 and House Bill 135 contain several new provisions regarding animal ownership and cruelty charges:

1) Require that owners accused of cruelty post a bond to cover the cost of care of all animals seized for the entire length of the trial/appeals – and permanently forfeit ownership rights (regardless of ultimate outcome of a trial) if even one payment is missed.

The court determines the amount of the bond based on information provided by the agency caring for the animal and will include transportation costs, medical care, and ongoing food and sheltering needs.

In addition, the bill specifically states that the court may not consider the accused person’s ability to pay when determining the amount of the bond. AKC believes this punishes dog owners who may lack the resources to board one or multiple pets for months on end during a trial, particularly while also mounting a legal defense. Such owners could be forced to give dur to financial constraints to up their animals before a verdict is reached, even if the court finds them not guilty.If the owner is ultimately found not guilty, the money is refunded; however, the dogs will not be returned if a payment is missed during the trial regardless of the verdict.

2) Require that upon conviction the mistreated animal be removed immediately, and the ownership rights transferred to the impounding agency. AKC recommends that the rights of co-owners who do not currently possess the animal also be considered, and that they be given the opportunity to claim the animal prior to its permanent transfer to a shelter or rescue.

What You Can Do:

Contact the committees prior to the hearings and consider attending the hearings if possible to express your concerns. Read AKC’s article “Guilty Until Proven Innocent?” for talking points and more information on this issue.

Senate Bill 152:

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Hearing
Thursday, January 31
1:00 pm
East Miller Senate Office Building, Room 2
Visit the Committee website for contact information

House Bill 135:
House Judiciary Committee Hearing
Thursday, February 7
1:00 pm
Visit the committee website for full committee contact information

AKC Government Relations will continue to closely monitor these bills and provide more information as it becomes available. For questions, please contact AKC GR at

Jan 25-27, 2019 AKC Agility Trial Premium Is Available


Entries open on Friday, November 30,  2018 for Oriole’s AKC Agility trial held on January 25, 26 & 27, 2019 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD.  This is our annual trial in conjunction with the 2019 World of Pets Expo;  don’t just come for the agility – come for the shopping too!

Trial services are provided by Clantyre Show Secretary Services. The entry method is First Received.

The particulars for this trial, along with a link to the premium list, can be found on the Oriole AKC Agility Trial Information page.

Intro K9 Scent Work Seminar on Dec 2, 2018



Oriole is happy to host Emily and Stephanie Kaiser from Kaiser K9 for a half day seminar on training K9 Scent Work.  Emily and Stephanie have over 15 years of experience training dogs and working in professional scent detection.

When: Sunday, December 2nd, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: Oriole Dog Training Club, 9 Azar Ct., Halethorpe, MD 21227

Cost: $45 for a three hour seminar


This informational seminar will cover the principles of scent detection and an overview of the training and preparation necessary to compete in scent work trials.  Taught by professional detection K9 handlers and trainers, the information presented in this seminar will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the “what’s”, “how’s”, and “why’s” of scent detection training.  Whether you plan to compete or are just looking for a fun game to play with your dog, this seminar will start you on the right path to success in training and competing in scent work!

Please note, this is not a working seminar, but rather a comprehensive training presentation for owners.

Reserve your spot today! Email