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Introductory Classes

These classes are open to both non-members and Oriole members. Introductory classes are offered in a 8-week session format which falls within one of the club semesters:

  • Fall: September to December
  • Winter: January to March
  • Spring: April to June
  • Summer: July and August

Puppy Kindergarten

starpuppy-logoThis class covers the 4 areas necessary for you and your puppy to have a good life together:  Socialization, Training, Activity, and a Responsible owner.  This class is open to puppies purebred or mixed breed from 10 weeks old to six months of age (toy breeds should wait until at least 12 weeks of age).  A dog that successfully completes this course is well prepared to earn recognition as an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®.


We also have a Drop-In Puppy Socialization class we offer from time to time.


Basic Obedience

ODTCObedienceListDog1This class is intended for older puppies and adult dogs just starting an obedience program.  Dogs that are older than 6 months should enter this class rather than Puppy Kindergarten.    This course introduces the dogs to all of the basic obedience commands such as sit-stays, down-stays, stand for examination, walking on a leash, etc.


Advanced Basic Obedience

cgc-logoThis class is intended for older puppies and adult dogs.  It continues the instruction provided in Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Obedience.  The basic obedience principles are taught in greater detail.  This class is open to dogs that have graduated from any Basic obedience class (including non-Oriole classes), dogs owned by handlers with prior recent obedience experience, or dogs that been evaluated and approved by the instructor.  At the end of the session, an AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Test is offered.RegisterButton

 Introduction to K9 Nose Work®


Have fun teaching your dog how to use his nose!

Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and natural desire to hunt. The Introduction to K9 Nose Work class focuses on teaching and encouraging the development of your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt for food and/or toys.

This class teaches both box work and the search process and is great fun for both you and your dog.  In addition, the activities of box work and object searches help your dog build confidence, burn both mental and physical energy and provide the means for you to explore your dog’s amazing scenting abilities.RegisterButton

Foundations for Agility


Looking to become the coach of your very own canine athlete?

This class is for dogs aged 5 and 1/2 months and up. Dogs and handlers are introduced to the basic exercises and behaviors needed for the physical coordination, motivation, and off-leash teamwork skills needed to be competitive in agility as well as other athletic dog sports. Activities include at a minimum: clicker and target training; tandem agility ‘flatwork’; wobble board; weave entries (2 poles only); fitness training, tugging; rear-end awareness exercises; and obedience for agility. Dogs may also be exposed to very basic agility equipment such as tunnels, chutes, and hoops.


Once you and your dog have a foundation established, you can start Beginner Agility in which all the agility equipment is systematically introduced and you can begin some sequence work.


Advanced Training Classes


Advanced classes at Oriole include:

K9 Nose Work


These classes build on the basic skills acquired in the introductory classes and prepare you and your dog for:

  • Individual competition in the organized sports of agility, obedience, rally, tracking or K9 Nose Work
  • Team competition as a member of one of Oriole’s Flyball racing teams: No Speed Limit or Scallywags

These classes are open to both non-members and Oriole members. Advanced classes are generally offered in a 10-week session format organized into the following semesters:

  • Fall: September to December
  • Winter: January to March
  • Spring: April to June

In addition, a greatly reduced schedule of classes is used over the summer months of July and August.

Advanced classes, their prerequisites, and instructions for registration are described in the Class Catalog posted on a separate web site which handles online registration.   Oriole members do receive discounted fees and priority entry into classes.  See the Membership FAQ for information in becoming an Oriole member.  Use the below Register button to view the registration procedures and begin perusal of the current Class Catalog.


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