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August 21-23, 2020 AKC Rally & Obedience Trial Premium is Available

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When: August 21-23, 2020

Where: Halethorpe, Maryland at the Oriole Dog Training Club.

Entries are now open and will close on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Due to the on-going pandemic, this trial has been modified from its normal format to a one ring, one judge format with run limits adjusted accordingly.  Judges are:

Friday Rally: Jean Nocilly
Saturday Obedience: Nancy K. Withers
Sunday Obedience: Kathleen Walker

Important Note:  Special COVID-19 Social Distancing procedures will be followed for this trial.  Please see the Premium for detailed information.  All entries must be submitted using the entry form contained in this premium and must contain a signed copy of the waiver contained in this premium.  Entries not conforming to these requirements will be returned.

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July 25-26, 2020 Barn Hunt Premium Available

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The premium for our July 25-26, 2020 Barn Hunt test is now available and entries are open.  You can find the premium and a link to create an entry form on our Barn Hunt page.

Please note this is a different location than usual and takes place outdoors in an open-sided barn at Branchwater Farms.  The November trial at this time is still projected to take place at Splashdown Farm.

August 8 AKC Virtual Novice Rally Trial

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When: August 8, 2020 from 8:30am- 3:30pm.

Where: Halethorpe, Maryland at the Oriole Dog Training Club.

Registration Opens:         Tuesday, July 7
Registration Closes:          Wednesday, July 29

Come to Oriole DTC and play rally in the air-conditioning!!  One of the five approved AKC Novice Virtual Rally courses will be available to those who wish to earn a Rally Novice leg while trials are still few and far between.

Teams will be scheduled on the hour and half hour;  20 minutes will be allotted for the walk-thru and run; the additional 10 minutes will allow for clearing the building.

See flyer for details.  Registration will open on Tuesday, July 7 with links to be posted soon.

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Learning from Current Events

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Oriole Dog Training Club has always viewed itself as a welcoming and inclusive club.

Recent events occurring in society have caused the club to realize it needs to take a more active approach to ensure that a culture of inclusivity in the club is both explicitly stated and provided with guidelines for ensuring that the goals of inclusivity are met.  To that end, we are preparing to modify our bylaws to explicitly state the openness of membership for all.  In addition, we will be publishing a code of ethics to help educate and guide what an inclusive dog sport culture means for the members, judges, exhibitors and renters engaging in activities held under the Oriole banner.

Oriole has worked for many decades to support and broaden a wide range of dog sports to be inclusive of all dogs; we will be expanding that mission statement to ensure that all people feel welcome and judged only on their performance and behavior.

COVID-19 Related Modifications and Cancellations – Updated June 14, 2020

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Many club activities continue to be suspended or modified.

However, now that Baltimore County has dramatically expanded the types of businesses that may reopen, Oriole will resume some very limited activities in the building this summer.  Possibilities include staging some limited “by appointment” trialing opportunities for the organizations that support submission of video’ed performances including AKC Rally Novice, USDAA@Home agility, and WCRL Rally@Home.

In addition, we are exploring expansion of our online class options and establishing a small number of outside/off-site classes.  You will find these listed on the Home page when available, and they will be announced here and on the Facebook page.

There are some new event cancellations.

The August 8-9 and August 29-30 NAFA flyball events are cancelled.  NAFA has informed all clubs to cancel flyball tournaments through the end of September.

The August 15-16 CPE agility event is cancelled.

Our August AKC rally/obedience trial is still pending.

With respect to Oriole’s pending obedience/rally trials to be held on August 21-23, our Secretary, Clantyre, has received some entries even though the premium has not yet been finalized or approved.   These will be returned to the exhibitors and we ask that everyone please wait until the premium is officially posted.  Note that the premium will contain a COVID guidelines/hold harmless waiver.

 

Online Classes at Oriole Starting Today

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ODTC will be conducting our first ever Facebook classes starting today, April 26th!  The classes will consist of weekly Facebook Live lectures and demos on a private Facebook group. Participants can submit 2-3 videos per week for review and will receive feedback. The lectures and demos will be posted to the group if you can’t make the live time, and will remain up until August 30. Auditing is also available! Please see class descriptions and registration links below.

[FBK1] Clicking Into Shape Instructors: Rose Kane, Ashley Musser, Kim Culp, Margaret McDowell, Jessica Keenan, Kristi LaVoy.  4 Weeks, 2x per week. The class will consist of twice weekly Facebook Live lectures and demos on a private Facebook group on Sundays and Wednesdays at 8:15 pm from April 26th to May 23rd. The lectures and demos will be posted to the group if you can’t make the live time, and will remain up until August 30. We will answer questions from the previous week, in addition to introducing new material. The class is designed for students who have taken Foundations of Dog Sports and would like to stay inspired to work on skills, or for students who are enrolled in the Spring Semester and/or have not taken the class before.  We will cover intro to clicker training, tips on improving timing and breaking down complex behaviors, body awareness exercises, and basic foundations skills that can all be done at home with things people already have in their homes. Participants will submit 1-3 weekly videos and receive feedback to work through roadblocks, progress to complex versions of behavior, and improve timing and marking. If you don’t have a facebook account, all you need is an email address to create one at facebook.com.  

Class Limit: 20
Start: April 26
Day/Time: Sun & Wed 8:15 pm
Fee: $50NM/$35TM/$20CM

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[FBK1A] Clicking Into Shape AUDIT ONLY  Instructors: Rose Kane, Ashley Musser, Kim Culp, Margaret McDowell, Jessica Keenan, Kristi LaVoy.  4 Weeks, 2x per week.  The class will consist of weekly Facebook Live lectures and demos on a private Facebook group on Sundays and Wednesdays at 8:15 pm from April 26th to May 23rd. The lectures and demos will be posted to the group if you can’t make the live time, and will remain up until August 30. We will answer questions from the previous week, in addition to introducing new material. The class is designed for students who have taken Foundations of Dog Sports and would like to stay inspired to work on skills, or for students who are enrolled in the Spring Semester and/or have not taken the class before.  We will cover intro to clicker training, tips on improving timing and breaking down complex behaviors, body awareness exercises, and basic foundations skills that can all be done at home with things people already have in their homes. If you don’t have a facebook account, all you need is an email address to create one at facebook.comAuditors will have access to the facebook group and be able to ask questions via PM or comments on videos/posts. They will also have access to all downloadable resources. 

Class Limit: N/A
Start: April 26
Day/Time: Sun & Wed 8:15 pm
Fee: $21NM/$17TM/$0CM

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[FBK2] Building on Travel Board Basics Instructors: Rose Kane, Ashley Musser, Kim Culp, Margaret McDowell, Jessica Keenan, Kristi LaVoy.  4 Weeks.  The class will consist of weekly Facebook Live lectures and demos on a private Facebook group on Tuesdays at 8:15 pm from April 28th to May 25th The lectures and demos will be posted to the group if you can’t make the live time, and will remain up until August 30. This class is designed for students who completed Foundations of Dog Sports, Agility 1 or Agility 2, focusing on using the space you have at home to test and improve your dog’s understanding of 2 on 2 off criteria. Participants will submit 1-3 weekly videos and receive feedback. If you don’t have a facebook account, all you need is an email address to create one at facebook.com.

Class Limit: 12
Start: April 28
Day/Time: Tue 8:15 pm
Fee: $30NM/$22.50TM/$15CM

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[FBK2A] Building on Travel Board Basics AUDIT ONLY  Instructors: Rose Kane, Ashley Musser, Kim Culp, Margaret McDowell, Jessica Keenan, Kristi LaVoy.  4 Weeks.  The class will consist of weekly Facebook Live lectures and demos on a private Facebook group on Tuesdays at 8:15 pm from April 28th to May 25th The lectures and demos will be posted to the group if you can’t make the live time, and will remain up until August 30. This class is designed for students who completed Foundations of Dog Sports, Agility 1 or Agility 2, focusing on using the space you have at home to test and improve your dog’s understanding of 2 on 2 off criteria. If you don’t have a facebook account, all you need is an email address to create one at facebook.comAuditors will have access to the facebook group and be able to ask questions via PM or comments on videos/posts. They will also have access to all downloadable resources. 

Class Limit: n/a
Start: April 28
Day/Time: Tue 8:15 pm
Fee: $13NM/$11TM/$0CM