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Premium is Available for Our May 20-21, 2023 USDAA Agility Trial

The premium is now posted for our spring Artful Dodgers USDAA agility trial with Karen Gloor from Chandler, AZ judging. The trial is indoors, climate controlled on Sprinturf.

This trial features titling classes (Intro through Masters), Double Gamblers, plus a Grand Prix and Steeplechase for those still needing to qualify for the June Mid-Atlantic regional or the Nationals (Cynosport) to be held this year in Murfreesboro, TN.

We do plan to have our usual Preakness watching party after the trial again this year 🙂

Please see our USDAA Trial Information page for details.

January 14 Distance Seminar with Paula Goss

Distance Seminars 
with Paula Goss
Saturday, January 14, 2023

There are two four-hour seminars:

The morning seminar focuses on training and enhancing basic distance handling skills for pre-novice and novice teams.

The afternoon seminar focuses on teams that have good distance handling skills but want to develop and enhance more advanced and independent skills on the course.

Dogs must be able to do all obstacles to participate in these seminars. Only one dog per handler per seminar.

Interested?  Click on the button below to get more information and links where you can sign up !

November/December Agility Workshops with Terry Herman

Oriole Dog Training Club presents

Six Agility Workshops
with Terry Herman
on 11/22, 12/13, & 12/20

Registration for all six workshops opens on:
Thursday, November 17 at 6am

Training Independent Contact Performance Workshop: Tuesday 11/22 4:00-6:00
How do you train contacts to ensure that you don’t need to manage them?  What should you be doing as you work on teaching your dog your contact criteria so that s/he can perform them independently?   This workshop will deal with training techniques for teaching independent contacts in order to allow the handler freedom to keep moving and do handling maneuvers while the dog does the contact correctly. **Handlers must have established contact criteria for all 3 contacts, and dogs must be able to do all 3 contact obstacles at full height. ** Priority will be given to Fall students from AG3 classes and graduates of AG2.

Tuesday, November 22 • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Proofing Independent Contacts Workshop (for Advanced/Masters Dogs): Tuesday 11/22 6:30-8:30

Can you run by the A-frame and do a front cross while your dog does a perfect 2o2o until released?  Can you blind cross your dog’s running A-frame without pulling him/her off?  Will your dog drive ahead of you the length of the dogwalk into a perfect 2o2o?  Can you rear cross the teeter while your dog drives to the end to a 4o or 2o2o position?  This workshop will use Exc/Masters level sequences to allow handling in order to proof the dog’s ability to meet contact criteria independently.  Dogs must have a good understanding of contact criteria for all 3 contact obstacles and handlers must have a good understanding of basic handling maneuvers. 

Tuesday, November 22 • 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Obstacle Commitment/Drive Lines Workshop: Tuesday, 12/13 – 4:00-6:00

Will your dog drive ahead of you to a jump, a contact obstacle, the weaves, a table, a tunnel?  Can you send your dog down a line of jumps without it turning back to you?   Will your dog move away from you laterally to an obstacle?  What can you do to increase your dog’s obstacle commitment?  ** Priority for this workshop will be given to graduates of AG2 and Fall participants in the AG3 classes.   

Tuesday, December 13 • 4:00pm – 6:00 pm
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Weave Entries & Exits Workshop (for Advanced/Masters Dogs):  Tuesday, 12/13 – 6:30-8:30 pm

Can your dog find weave entries independently from a variety of approaches?   Can your dog collect to stay in the weaves from a speed approach?  Can your dog complete the weaves while you cross or do other maneuvers to set an exit line?   This workshop will deal with a variety of weave entries and exits found at the Exc./Masters levels.  

**Prerequisite:  Dogs must be able to complete 12 weaves consistently. 

Tuesday, December 13 •  6:30pm -8:30pm
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The Ins and Outs of Tunnels: Tuesday, 12/20: 4:00-6:00

Can you send your dog to a tunnel?  Can your dog find the right tunnel entrance? Can your dog find a tunnel from the back?  Can you rear cross a tunnel without pulling your dog out?  How do you cue your dog to go straight, turn gradually or turn tight out of a tunnel?  Can your dog do a classic contact/tunnel discrimination correctly?   This workshop will deal with basic tunnel skills that are often overlooked. ** Priority will be given to Fall AG3 students and graduates of AG2.  

Tuesday, December 20 •  4:00pm – 6:00pm
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Discriminations (for Advanced/Masters Dogs): Tuesday, 12/20 – 6:30-8:30

Obstacle discriminations are a staple of higher level agility.  In this workshop we’ll use sequences to work on handling a variety of discriminations, including the classic contact/tunnel , tunnel/weaves,  jump/jump , tunnel/tunnel and other discriminations occurring on Exc/Masters level courses.  We’ll cover the  cues available to tell your dog which obstacle to take as well as how to set up lines to help your dog make the right choice.  ** Dogs must be able to do all obstacles at full height and without aids.  Handlers must understand basic handling maneuvers. 

Tuesday, December 20 •  6:30pm – 8:30pm
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Barn Hunt Intro Workshop on Saturday, November 19, 2022

Have you heard about Barn Hunt and would like to learn more and even try it out?  Oriole (and the Oriole Rats!) are supporting an Intro workshop given by BHA judge and Oriole club member Colin Ratcliffe to be held at Branchwater Farm on Saturday, November 19 from 8:30 am-2 pm (lunch included).

After this workshop, you and your dog will be well prepared for Rat Instinct Tests and possibly even Novice level classes (our next Oriole Barn Hunt will be in March 2023, but there are other local trials about).

  Check out the details and how to sign up here

Fall 2022 Barn Hunt trials are Open for Entries!

We have TWO Barn Hunt trials available for your pleasure this fall.

October 21-23 is hosted north of Baltimore at Branchwater Farms with classes in 3 rings judged by Art Olson and Dana Robbins. The theme of course is “Halloween Spirit”. This trial closes on Oct 10.

November 5-6 is hosted south of Baltimore at Splashdown Farms with classes in 2 rings judged by Shannon Floyd and Alicia Fencer. This trial closes on Oct 23.

Both trials are currently open and can be entered ‘snail-mail’ or online at

See our Barn Hunt Trial Information page for more information.

Premium is Available for Our October 1-2, 2022 USDAA Agility Trial

The premium is now posted for our fall Artful Dodgers USDAA agility trial with judge Lois Mark, The trial is indoors, climate controlled on Sprinturf.

This trial features titling classes (Intro through Masters), double Gamblers, a Grand Prix and a Steeplechase for those still needing to qualify for the 2023 Cynosport Games held in Murfreesboro, Tenneesee.

Please see our USDAA Trial Information page for details.

New AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Class Added for Fall 2022 semester

An additional Obedience class has been added to the 2022 Fall Catalog. The class information is posted below. Please share with anyone that owns a puppy in this age group.
[OB102] AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class.  
Instructor: Susan von Suhrke. 8 weeks.  For puppies 14 weeks to 6 months old. S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner. This class will focus on communicating with your puppy and teaching them foundation obedience, such as, walking on a loose leash, learning to come while in a socialized environment. Discussion topics will include housebreaking, chewing, and effective ways of teaching your pup to focus on you.  You and your puppy must attend a minimum of six weeks.  At the end of this class, handler and pup must pass all of the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® test and Responsible Owner Pledge® requirements in order to enroll in the AKC® Program. More information at  This is a “food” reward-based class.  Note:  **Puppies DO NOT attend the first night of class (Owners only).  Bring current rabies certificate for puppies over 4 months to the first night of class. Aggressive or reactive puppies may not enroll. Front Training Room.Class limit:  5            Start:  09/19            Day/Time: Mon., 6:30p.m.           Fee: $120NM/$90TM/$60CM