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Oriole Dog Training Club Schedule of Classes
Winter 2023

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Course Listings:     OBEDIENCE   DOG SPORTS PREPARATION   
  AGILITY       FLYBALL       TRACKING       K9 NOSEWORK©     CONFORMATION    REGISTRATION FORM


Course Grid
A brief listing of course offerings is offered on the next page. Detailed descriptions for each course can be found on the following pages.

Discipline

Course Name

Course#

Length

Prerequisite

Location

Day

Introductory Obed.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy (R. Bobb)

OB102

7 wks

See Description

Front TR

Fri. 6:30pm

Puppy Kindergarten (Lachow)

OB101

6 wks

See Description

Front TR

Tues. 10am

Basic Obedience (Kramp/Carastro)

OB105A

7 wks

See Description

Main Ring 1

Tues. 7:15pm

Basic Obedience (Bethea)

OB105B

7 wks

See Description

Main Ring 2

Tues. 6pm

Advanced Basic/CGC & Tricks (Hoppes/Brannan)

OB110

8 wks

See Description

Main Ring 1

Tues. 6:15pm

Core Obedience

Novice Foundations Part II (Kaminski/Carlton)

OB209

10 wks

See Description

Main Ring 2

Tues. 7pm

Advanced Novice (Palmer)

OB210

10 wks

OB209/OB321

Main Ring 1

Wed. 7pm

Beginning Open (Kavanagh)

OB340

10 wks

OB209/OB210

Main Ring 2

Wed. 7pm

Intermediate Open with Proofing (Kavanagh)

OB341


10 wks

OB340

Main Ring 2

Wed. 8pm

Adv. Open/Begin. Utility (O’Carroll/Earwood)

OB345

10 wks

See Description

Main Ring 1 & 2

Tues. 12:15p-1:30p

Beginning Utility (Palmer)

OB402

10 wks

OB341 or OB345

Main Ring 1

Wed. 8pm

AKC Rally-Novice, Adv. & Excellent Run-thrus (Long/Shanley/Fitchitt)

OB470

8 wks

See Description

Main Ring 1 & 2

Mon. 6:30-8:15pm

Elective Obed.

Obedience Run Throughs (Meyer)

EL OB205

10 wks


Main Ring 1 & 2

Tues 10-12noon

Open Ring/Coached Run throughs (Griffin/Bresson)

EL OB414

8 wks

See Description

Main Ring 1 & 2

Wed. 9-11am

Open and Utility Review (Terry)

ELOB415

8 wks

Novice Title

Main Ring 1 & 2

Fri. 11am

Dog Sports – Preparation

Foundations for Dog Sports (McDowell)

AG050

10 wks

See Description

See Description Ring

Wed. 8:15-10p

Nose Work

Introduction to Odor/Birch/K9 Nose work (Tagget/Cox)

NW102

6 wks

NW101

Front TR, Loading Dock, Office, Hall

Thurs. 6-7:30p

ORT/NW1 Preparation K9 Nose work (Tagget/Cox)

NW201

6 wks

See Description

Front TR, Loading Dock, Office, Hall

Thurs. 6-7:30p

NW2 K9 Nose work (Reardon)

NW301

6 wks

See Description

Front TR, Loading Dock, Office, Hall

Wed. 6-7:30p

NW3 K9 Nose work (Reardon)

NW401

6 wks

See Description

Front TR, Loading Dock, Office, Hall

Wed. 6-7:30p

Elite/Summit Run Throughs

NW601A


See Description

TBD

TBD

Agility Intro.

Agility 1 (McKisson/Novak/Sorgenfrei)

AG100

10 wks

AG050

Agility Ring

Thurs. 6:30-8pm

Agility 2 (Deubler/McKisson)

AG110

10 wks

AG100

Agility Ring

Thurs. 8:15-9:45p

Agility Core Courses

Agility 3 and above – Handling (Herman)

AG130

8 wks

AG110

Agility Ring

Tues. 6:30-8p

Agility 3 and above – Contacts and Weaves (McClain/Foster)

AG140

8 wks

AG110

Agility Ring

Tues. 8:15-9:45p

Pre-Competition Skills-Handling Sequences (Gauntt/Hanes)

AG300

8 wks

AG110

Agility Ring

Mon. 8:15-9:45p

Agility Electives

Focus/Connection/Impulse Control/Relaxation Exercises/Games for Your Agility Team (B.Novak)

EL AG585

8 wks

See Description

Agility Ring

Thurs. 4:45-6:15p

Distance Training (Wilkins)

EL AG539

10 wks

See Description

Agility Ring

Wed. 6:30-8p

Contact and Weave Skills (Paul/Lape/Flagg)

EL AG535

8 wks

See Description

Agility Ring

Tues. 11:30-1p

Skills and Drills (Novice/Advanced) (Herman)

EL AG536

8 wks

See Description

Agility Ring

Tues. 3-4:3p

Skills and Drills (Masters/Excellent) (Herman)

EL AG537

8 wks

See Description

Agility Ring

Tues. 4:45-6:15p

Advanced Handling Sequences (Deubler/Morris)

EL AG580

8 wks

See Description

Agility Ring

Mon. 6:30-8p

Agility Privates – Mon. & Wed. (Herman)

EL AG540

1-hour

See Description

Agility Ring

Mon. & Wed.

Agility Run-Throughs (Todesco)

EL AG510

See Schedule

See Description

Agility Ring

Fri. 7-9p

Flyball

Beginner Flyball (McGuire)

FB100

10 wks

Basic Obedience

Main Ring 1 & 2

Thurs. 7p

Beginner Flyball (K. Bobb/R. Novak)

FB110

9 wks

Basic Obedience

Main Ring 1 & 2

Fri. 6:30p

Competition Flyball (Fedder/Miller)

FB300

10 wks

Beginner Flyball

Main Ring 1 & 2

Thurs. 7:30p

Friday Flyball (K.Bobb/R.Novak)

FB310

9 wks

Beginner Flyball

Main Ring 1 & 2

Fri. 7:45 pm

Tracking

Beginning Tracking (Hulbert)

TR105

6 wks

See Description

See Description

Fri. 9am

Beginning Tracking (Eisenberg, Shinwari)

TR115

6 wks

See Description

See Description

Sat. 9am

Hard Surface Tracking (Lilly)

TR420

6 wks

See Description

See Description

Sun. 9am

Conformation

Conformation (Waterman)

EL C600

8 wks

See Description

Main Ring 2 & Front TR

Mon. 5:30-6:30pm

Important Note: There are noise restrictions M-F during the workday at the Oriole building – if your dog barks a lot when crated or training, then please do not register your dog for a daytime class

 

 

  OBEDIENCE

Prior to signing up for a class, consider whether or not you and/or your dog will be available for a majority of the classes.  If you intend to breed your dog during this semester, or send your dog away for shows or training, you may want to consider if you will be able to complete the requirements of the course.  A majority of the obedience classes fill and we often have to turn students away.


Introductory Obedience Classes

 

[OB102] AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy.  Instructor: Russ Bobb. 7 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 weeksAt 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 www.akc.org.  This is a “food” reward-based class. Notes: 1) At least 3 dogs must be registered for class to be held. 2) Bring current rabies certificate for puppies over 4 months to the first night of class. Puppies attend the first class.  Front training room.

Class limit:

6

Start: Jan. 13

Day/Time:

Fri., 6:30pm

Fee: $105NM/$78.75TM/$52.50CM

 

[OB101] Puppy Kindergarten. FULL Instructor:  Rachel Lachow. 6 weeks. 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) At least 4 dogs must be registered for class to be held. 2) Bring current rabies certificate for puppies over 4 months to the first night of class. Puppies attend the first class.  Front training room.

Class limit:

6

Start: Jan. 10


Day/Time:

Tues., 10:00a.m.

Fee:

$90NM/$67.50TM/$45CM


[OB105A] Basic ObedienceFULL  Instructor: Tamalee Kramp, Assistant: Jasmine Carastro. 7 weeks.  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. Priority:  priority registration is given to students graduating from the prior session of Puppy Kindergarten [OB101] or Star Puppy [OB102].   Notes:  1) At least 3 dogs must be registered for class to be held.  2) The FIRST day of class, please come WITHOUT your dog & with a copy of your dog’s Rabies certificate.  Main Ring 1.

Class limit:

10


Start: Jan. 31


Day/Time:

Tues. 7:15p.m.

Fee:

$105NM/$78.75TM/$52.50CM



[OB105B] Basic ObedienceFULL  Instructor: Francine Bethea. 7 weeks.  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.  Priority:  priority registration is given to students graduating from the prior session of Puppy Kindergarten 

[OB101] or Star Puppy [OB102].  Notes:  1) At least 3 dogs must be registered for class to be held.  2) The FIRST day of class, please come WITHOUT your dog & with a copy of your dog’s Rabies certificate.  Main Ring 2.

Class limit:

7


Start: Jan. 10


Day/Time:

Tues. 6:00p.m.

Fee:

$105NM/$78.75TM/$52.50CM



[OB110] Continuing Basic with AKC CGC and TricksFULL Instructor: Dana Hoppes, Assistant:  Debby Brannan.  8 weeks.  This class is intended for puppies older than 8 months and adult dogs.  Dog reactive dogs are not allowed in this class.  In this class we will cover all of the Canine Good Citizen exercises to prepare you for the CGC test.  The students will be taught how to train and handle their dog to successfully complete each of the CGC exercises. Additionally, tricks will be taught to prepare your dog for the Novice Trick Dog Test.  At the eighth week of class an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and the AKC Novice 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 recent Basic obedience training or dogs that have been evaluated by the instructor.  Priority:  will be given to OB105 (A/B/C) students that were given approval from the instructor to move up to OB110 class. Teams may only take this class 2 times.  Main Ring 1.

Class limit:

8

Start: Jan. 10


Day/Time:

Tues., 6:15p.m.

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM

 

Core Obedience Classes


[OB209] Novice Foundations Part II. FULL Instructors: Debbie Kaminski and Sue Carlton. 10 Weeks.  This class is Part 2 of our 20-week competitive Novice Foundations program.  Students will build upon the foundation skills covered in Novice Foundations, Part I.  This class will prepare your dog for the “Transition to Off Leash Heeling” and “Fine Turning exercises and Handling Skills classes. Motivational methods will be used to assist in training the exercises, including rear end awareness. Additionally, we will focus on precise teamwork, trial picture, with individual instruction for each of the exercises. Prerequisite:  Completion of OB208. Priority:  will be given to dogs who attended OB208, Fall 2022 class. NOTE: After completing this class, the next class in the Novice progression is (OB321) Transition to Off-Leash Heeling.  Registered dogs may not attend any other ODTC obedience class during the same semester (attending a RunThru class is permitted).  Main Ring 2.    

Class limit:

8

Start: Jan. 10


Day/Time:

Tues., 7:00p.m.

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[OB210] Advanced Novice.  Instructor: Barry Palmer.  10 weeks.  This is a three semester class and specifically intended for those planning to compete at the Novice level.  It is part 5 of the competitive Novice program that begins with Novice Foundations I & II, Transition to Off-leash Heeling and Fine Tuning exercises classes.  All Novice exercises will be reviewed & polished. Additionally, foundation skills for Open & Utility exercises will be introduced.  Prerequisites: Solid heeling footwork & off-lead heeling, attention, as well as, a dependable recall, sit, stand & down. Completion of OB208/9 Novice Foundations I and II, OB321 Transition to Off Leash Heeling class, OB412 Fine Tuning exercises and Handling Skills and/or evaluated by instructor before class starts.  Priority: will be given to dogs who attended OB210, OB321. NOTE: Registered dogs may not attend any other ODTC obedience classes during the same semester (attending a Run Thru, Rally or Transition class is permitted).  Main Ring 1.  

Class limit:

8

Start: Jan. 11


Day/Time:

Wed., 7:00pm

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[OB340] Beginning Open.  Instructor: Pat Kavanagh.  10 Weeks.  This class is intended for teams that are starting the Open exercises and planning to compete in Open.  All of the Open exercises will be started at the beginner level and broken down into basic steps.  Motivational methods will be used with an emphasis on building a solid foundation for each exercise to develop the confidence in the dog/handler as a team. Prerequisites: Completion of the OB209 or OB210 classes and/or evaluated by instructor before class starts. Priority: will be given to the OB209 and OB210 students. NOTE: Registered dogs may not attend any other ODTC obedience Open or Utility classes during the same semester (attending a Run Thru, Transition or Rally class is permitted).   Main Ring 2.

Class limit:

10

Start: Jan. 11



Day/Time:

Wed., 7:00pm

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[OB341] Intermediate Open with Proofing.  Instructor: Pat Kavanagh.   10 Weeks.  This class is intended for teams that need to fine tune the exercises in Open and those planning to compete in Open.  Motivational methods will be used with an emphasis on fine tuning each exercise and proofing as needed to develop the dog/handler confidence in the ring.  Prerequisites: Completion of the OB340 class and/or evaluated by instructor before class starts.  Priority: will be given to the OB340 students. NOTE: Registered dogs may not attend any other ODTC obedience Open or Utility classes during the same semester (attending a Run Thru, Proofing or Rally class is permitted).   Main Ring 2.

Class limit:

6

Start: Jan. 11


Day/Time:

Wed., 8:00pm

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[OB345] Advance Open/Beginning UtilityFULL Instructors: Elaine O’Carroll / Val Earwood. 10 Weeks. This class is for those trainers who need additional refinement & proofing skills to successfully compete in Open while also preparing their dogs to learn all the parts of the Utility exercises. Prerequisites:  1) Students must be about to compete or currently competing in the Open class at obedience trials.  2) they should be familiar with all the Utility class exercises. Priority: will be given to students from our Fall 2022 obedience class. All others must receive approval from the instructor before registering for this class.  Note:  Registered dogs may not attend more than one ODTC obedience Open or Utility class including all daytime & evening classes (attending a Run Thru or Rally class is permitted).    Main Rings 1 & 2.

Class limit:

6

Start: Jan. 10


Day/Time:

Tues., 12:15-1:30pm

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM

 

[OB402] Beginning Utility Instructor: Barry Palmer. 10 Weeks. This class is intended for teams that are planning to compete at the Utility Level.  All Utility exercises will be covered and proofed.  Motivational methods will be used with an emphasis on building attitude & confidence in the dog & handler as a team. Prerequisites:  Completion of OB341 or OB345.  Priority: will be given to students who completed OB341 or OB345.  Others must have permission from the instructor.   Note: Registered dogs may not attend more than one ODTC obedience open or utility class including all daytime & evening classes (attending a Run Thru or Rally class is permitted). Main Ring 1. 

Class limit:

6

Start: Jan. 11


Day/Time:


Wed., 8:00pm

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[OB470] AKC Rally - Novice, Advanced & Excellent Run-Thrus. FULL Instructor: Michele Long, Assistants: Andra Shanley and Cris Fitchitt.  8 wks.  Work is on-leash for Novice and off-leash for Advanced and Excellent dogs. There will be 2 rings with signs and jumps set up to run at all three levels. Generally students will get 4 run-thrus, 2 runs in each ring.  Signs will be reviewed for those requiring instruction. Prerequisite: Dogs must know basic Obedience commands. Students must be familiar with Rally.  Notes: Limit ONE dog per handler. If class does not fill, a second dog per handler will be considered. Approval of the instructor is required.  Drop in Students will be required to contact the instructor before joining the class. Main Rings 1 & 2.

Note:  Ring setup begins at 5:30pm. No other classes can be booked in the rings at 5:30.

Class limit:

8

Start: Jan. 9


Day/Time:

Mon., 6:30-8:15pm

Fee:

$96NM/$72TM/$48CM


Elective Obedience Classes

[EL OB205] Obedience Run-Thrus.  FULL Instructor: Katie Meyer.  10 Weeks.  This class will offer all levels of obedience exercises in a run-thru format.  Handlers will rotate through all positions - judge, steward & distracters.  Open to dog/handler teams preparing to enter competition. Note: This is not an instructional class. Main Rings 1 & 2.

Class limit:

8

Start: Jan. 10


Day/Time:

Tues., 10-12noon

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[EL OB414] Open Ring/Coached Run Thrus. FULL Instructors: Louise Griffin & Marcia Bresson.  8 weeks.  This is not a basic instructional class, students should be proficient at their competition level.  All competition levels may attend. Coached private one-on-one instruction will be provided every other week.  Students have the option of using their time for either an independent open ring session, or a coached/instructional run thru. Coached dates: 01/11, 25, 02/08, 22, 03/08. Open Ring dates: 01/18, 02/01, 02/29. Main Rings 1 & 2.

Class limit:

8

Start: Jan. 11


Day/Time:

Wed., 9-11a.m.

Fee:

$96NM/$72TM/$48CM



[EL OB415] Open and Utility Review. Instructor: Jane Terry. 8 Weeks. This class is for those trainers who need additional ring time.  Focus on reviewing the exercises to successfully prepare their dog for their competition level.  Prerequisites:  1) Students must have a Novice title.  2) Students should be familiar with all the required Open and Utility exercises.  Note:  Students should bring their dumbbell and scent articles.  Main Rings 1 & 2.

Class limit:

8

Start: Jan. 13

Day/Time: Fri., 11:00am

Fee:

$96NM/$72TM/$48CM



DOG SPORTS PREPARATION 

[AG050] Foundations for Dog SportsFULL Instructors: Margaret McDowell, Kim Culp and Susan Rosenvold. 10 weeks. 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 (althoug8h 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 6' away (5) Handler exhibits understanding of training principles; including the 3 D’s for proofing, using a clicker for shaping behaviors, and handling/engaging with your dog.   Students planning to move ahead to Agility 1 have the additional criteria of (1) Dog actively engages with a toy, viewing it as a reward and (2) dog assumes and maintains four-feet on position on a 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. Agility Ring

Class limit:

10

Start:

Jan. 4

Day/Time:

Wed. 8:15-10pm

Fee:

$150NM/$112.50TM/$75CM


 

K9 Nosework© Classes


  *** Note NEW course numbers and descriptions***

[NW102] Introduction to Odor/Birch/K9 Nose Work©FULL Instructor:  Sara Tagget, ANWI and Sue Cox, PNWI. 6 Weeks. This is the next sequence in the program for dog/handler teams who have completed NW 101 - NW Foundations:  Introduction/Foundation to K9 Nose work©. The instruction provided in this class will follow the methods and foundation of K9 Nose Work©. Classes focus on continued teaching and encouraging the development of your dog’s natural scenting abilities       by using their desire to hunt for food and/or toys, now paired with the first of NACSW competition odors (Birch). Searches may be videotaped as part of the educational process. Dogs are worked one at a time and must be crated between activities.  Dogs may be introduced to indoor settings, outdoor settings, and vehicles in addition to continuing work with containers/boxes.    Note:  One dog per handler.  *Class Dates:  Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23, March 9 & 23.  Location:  Front TR, Loading Dock, Office, Hall

Class limit: 7      Start:     Jan. 12        Day/Time:  Thurs. 6-7:30p*  Fee: $120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[NW201] ORT/NW1 Preparation K9 Nose Work©. FULL Instructors: Sara Tagget, ANWI & Sue Cox, PNWI.  6 Weeks.  This class is for dogs that already know K9 Nose Work competition odors (Birch, Anise, Clove).  The instruction provided in this class will follow the methods and foundation of K9 Nose Work©.   Class content will concentrate on continued search technique refinement and       handling.   Searches may be videotaped as part of the educational process.  Dogs are worked one at a time and must be crated between activities.  Containers will be emphasized for ORT preparation.  Additionally, indoor and outdoor settings as well as vehicles will be used.  Prerequisites: completion of NW 102 (Intro to Odor) and approval by the Nose Work instructional team.  Note:  One dog per handler. *Class Dates:   January 5, January 19, February 2, February 16, March 2, and ONE **Travel day (you will be asked to select your first, second and third preference for a travel date (choices are:  Saturday February 25, 2023  8:30 am - 10:00 am, Saturday March 4, 2023  8:30 am - 10:00 am, Saturday March 18, 2023  8:30 am - 10:00 am).   Location:  Front TR, Loading Dock, Office, Hall

Class limit: 6      Start:     Jan. 5        Day/Time:  Thurs. 6-7:30p*  Fee: $120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[NW301] NW2 K9 Nose Work©. FULL Instructor: Jacqueline Reardon CNWI.   6 Weeks.   This class is for dogs that already know scent work.  The instruction provided in this class will follow the methods and foundation of K9 Nose Work©.   Class content will concentrate on continued search technique refinement and handling.  Searches may be videotaped as part of the educational process.  Dogs are worked one at a time and must be crated between activities.  Indoor and outdoor settings and vehicles may be used. Prerequisites:  completion of ORT title and NW1 title (or equivalent) and approval by the Nose Work instructional team.  Note:  One dog per handler.    * Class Dates:  January 18, February 1, February 15, March 1, March 15, and ONE **Travel day (you will be asked to select your first, second and third preference for a travel date (choices are:  Saturday February 25, 2023  8:30 am - 10:00 am, Saturday March 4, 2023  8:30 am - 10:00 am, Saturday March 18, 2023  8:30 am - 10:00 am).   Location:  Front TR, Loading Dock, Office, Hall

Class limit: 6      Start:     Jan. 18        Day/Time:  *Wed. 6 - 7:30pm  Fee: $120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[NW401] NW3 K9 Nose Work©. FULL Instructor: Jacqueline Reardon, CNWI.  6 Weeks. This class is for teams who are working on their NW3 or NW3-Elite titles. The instruction provided in this class will follow the methods and foundation of K9 Nose Work©.   Class content will concentrate on continued search technique refinement and handling. Searches may be videotaped as part of the educational process.  Indoor and outdoor settings and vehicles may be used.  Dogs are worked one at a time and must be crated between activities.  Prerequisites:  attainment of the NW2 title (or equivalent) and approval by the Nose Work instructional team.  Note:  One dog per handler.  *Class Dates:  January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, and ONE **Travel Day (you will be asked to select your first choice, second choice and third choice (choices are:  Saturday February 25, 2023  8:30 am - 10:00 am, Saturday March 4, 2023  8:30 am - 10:00 am,  Saturday March 18, 2023  8:30 am - 10:00 am).  Location:  Front TR, Loading Dock, Office, Hall

Class limit: 6      Start:  Jan. 25 Day/Time:  *Wed. 6-7:30pm     Fee:  $120NM/$90TM/$60CM

 

[NW601A] Elite/Summit Run Throughs. Instructors: ODTC Nose work instructional team

Students competing at the Elite and Summit levels will have the opportunity to run 2-3 searches.  Prerequisites:  attainment of the NW3-ELT title and approval by the Nose Work instructional team. If the class does not fill within 7 days of a class date, teams with at least one NW3 title may be added at the discretion of the instructor(s). The instructional team will maintain a wait list for these teams.  Dates and locations to be announced. If you are interested in this level of travel class/run through, please email Jacqui Reardon, CNWI - jmrmdcpa@verizon.net   Note:  One dog per handler per class.  

Class limit:  6 Start:  TBD Day/Time:  TBD Fee Per Class:  NM:$40/TM$30/CM$20


**Travel Day:  Students in NW201, NW301 and NW401 will choose ONE of the travel days (below) as part of the course. Travel class days will take place in community locations as available, locations to be announced. Searches will be tailored to the levels of teams signed up on a particular day and may include containers, exterior and/or vehicle elements.  

Saturday 2/25/2023, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Saturday 3/4/2023, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Saturday 3/18/2023, 8:30 am - 10:00 am


AGILITY


IMPORTANT: All dogs participating in agility must be physically sound & at an appropriate weight. Keep your dog's nails trimmed & keep hair around the feet trimmed to prevent slipping on the equipment. If your dog has hair falling in his eyes, tie it back with a rubber band or small barrette. Dogs with underlying health problems, including but not limited to hip & elbow dysplasia, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, vision, or other health problems that limit endurance, balance, or motor control should not participate in agility without consultation with a veterinarian who is familiar with agility.  It is suggested that owners not sign their dogs up for agility classes until the dog is at least 12 months old.  Timing, however, is an issue with our structured start dates. If you wish to enroll a dog that will be younger than 12 months at the start of class, you must submit a waiver & request permission of the agility training director.  

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will remain in the building throughout the class.  Registration for agility classes is contingent upon instructor evaluation & approval of dog/handler teams as deemed necessary by the class instructor.  Participants must be approved by instructor.


Introductory Agility Courses

BRING YOUR RABIES INFORMATION TO THE FIRST CLASS.  For questions, please contact Registrar, Dana Hoppes by email RegistrarODTC@gmail.com   or phone (410) 804-8675.


The classes in this section focus on introducing/teaching obstacle performance.  Students will learn how to define successful criteria for performance of the obstacles as well as the basic groundwork needed for the handling skills to be covered in more advanced classes.  These classes start with dogs that have never seen, or have had only limited exposure to, agility equipment as well as dogs that have not reached acceptable obstacle performance levels.  

NOTE: The progression of classes is expected to be as follows:  Start with Foundations for Dog Sports for 1 or 2 sessions depending on the age of the dog, then move into the Agility 1, followed by Agility 2. Handlers and dogs continue their training with Agility 3, Skills classes and Coursework.  

***IMPORTANT***All participants in the Introductory Level Agility Program are required to work one day at one agility trial sponsored by ODTC during each semester they attend classes at ODTC. Instructors will provide students with trial information at the beginning of each semester.  In addition to meeting the skill requirements for each class, participation at a trial is required to move up a level. If you do not meet the criteria for a class, you must schedule an individual assessment and/or receive written permission from the instructor before classes begin.  You may register for classes prior to the assessments, but you must pass the skill level assessment to participate.

[AG100] Agility 1FULL Instructors: Lorinda McKisson, Barb Novak and Rebecca Sorgenfrei. 10 weeks. 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.  Note:  This class is run at the same time as Flyball and there may be excessive noise.  Agility Ring

Class limit:

8

Start:

Jan. 5

Day/Time:

Thurs 6:30 -8 pm

Fee:

$150NM/$112.50TM/$75CM


[AG110] Agility 2. FULL Instructors: Cindy Deubler and Lorinda McKisson10 weeks. This class will work to build 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 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 RingNote:  Priority is given to students from the Agility 1 Fall class. Note:  This class is run at the same time as Flyball and there may be excessive noise.  Agility Ring

Class limit:

8

Start:

Jan. 5

Day/Time:

Thurs. 8:15-9:45 pm

Fee:

$150NM/$112.50TM/$75CM


Core Agility Courses


[AG130] Agility 3 and Above - Handling. FULL Instructor: Terry Herman. 8 weeks. Emphasis will be on basic handling skills including front, blind, and rear crosses, sends and discriminations. While all obstacles may be used, sequences will be designed to concentrate on specific handling skills, rather than obstacle performance. Open to anyone who wants to do some "remedial" training. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Agility 2 or by permission of the instructor. Dogs must be able to perform full-height contacts.  Note: Priority is given to students from prior semester’s Agility AG2 Fall class. Agility Ring

Class limit:


8

Start:

Jan. 3

Day/Time:

Tues 6:30-8p

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[AG140] Agility 3 and Above - Contacts & Weaves. FULL Instructors: Laurie McClain and Amy Foster. 8 weeks. Emphasis will be on building independent contact and weave performance that meets established criteria. Short sequences will be used to create different contact and weave approaches and exits, allowing handlers to be in a variety of positions relative to the dog and the obstacles. Aids may be used to ensure contact and weave performance that meets criteria, irrespective of handler position. Class sessions may be designed to concentrate on individual contacts and/or weaves. Open to anyone who wants to do some "remedial" training.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Agility 2 or by permission of the instructor.   Note: Priority is given to students from prior semester’s Agility 2 Fall class. Agility Ring

Class limit:


8

Start:

Jan. 3

Day/Time:

Tues 8:15-9:45p

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM

 

[AG300] Pre-Competition - Skills HandlingInstructor: Janet Gauntt and Rosemary Hanes. 8 weeks. This level is for dog and handler teams who are ready to train for competition and/or for advanced handlers who want to continue to work on handling maneuvers. Basic handling maneuvers, identifying lines and angles of approach and exit, and discriminations will be among the concepts taught, as well as continuing to build obstacle performance. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Agility 2/3 class, dogs currently in competition, or by permission of the instructors. Note:  Students may not take this class more than two times.    Agility Ring

Class limit:

8

Start:

Jan. 9

Day/Time:

Mon 8:15-9:45pm

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM

 

Elective Agility Courses

We welcome new ideas for electives.  Please talk to the Agility training director or board members if you have an idea for an elective.
  
 

[AG585] Focus/Connection/Impulse Control/Relaxation Exercises/Games for your Agility Team. FULL Instructor: Barb Novak. 8 Weeks. Do you want to be able to maintain connection with your dog throughout an entire agility course under trial conditions? Do you want your dog to be able to focus on their agility job with a high level of distractions in the environment? Do you want your dog to be able to self regulate and have impulse control without you having to constantly impose your control over them? Do you want your dog to be able to find their “off” switch and relax while waiting for their turn to perform while in a highly stimulating atmosphere? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the class for your agility team. The first 4 weeks will be spent doing exercises and games on the flat to teach you and your dog the 4 components listed in the class title. The second 4 weeks will take what your team has learned and apply same to simple agility sequences involving mainly jumps and tunnels. Contacts will also be practiced, using either travel boards or obstacles, depending on what level your dog is at in their agility training. NOTE: This is not a handling or obstacle performance class. Handling maneuvers and obstacles will not be taught. It is solely a class to help create a stronger connection between you and your dog and to give your team the tools needed to help your team navigate highly distracting trial environments without losing that connection.  PREREQUISITES: Dogs over 1 year old who can perform agility jumps (don’t have to be full height) and tunnels (straight and curved), being able to sequence 4 to 5 of same. Should have a trained contact behavior on either a travel board and/or contact obstacles with handler having a set criteria for same. Knowledge of basic behaviors, i.e., sit, down, stay and recall.  Agility Ring

Class limit:

7

Start:

Jan. 5

Day/Time:

Thurs 4:45-6:15p

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[EL AG539] Distance Training. Instructor: Jean Wilkins. 10 Weeks. Want to improve your distance handling with your dog? Want more distance between you and your dog on course? Want to get a better understanding of how to handle gambles; fast sends; chance runs? Want to learn how to plan for your dog to gather game points and set yourself up for a better approach to the distance elements? In this class, you will learn and practice distance skills. Prerequisite: Dogs need to have some independence on obstacles, must be able to seek obstacles on their own and are proficient on all equipment (learning obstacles is not the focus of this class and dogs must be able to do the obstacles without being escorted). Note: Multiple dogs per handler not allowed. Given to those students who have never taken the AG539 class. Agility Ring

Class limit:

10

Start:

Jan. 4

Day/Time:

Wed. 6:30-8 pm

Fee:

$150NM/$112.50TM/$75CM


[EL AG535] Contact and Weave Skills. Instructors: Darlene Paul, Gayle Lape, Betsy Flagg.
8 Weeks. This class is for handlers to learn to teach a more solid foundation for a 2-on-2-off contact performance and independent weave pole performance using channels and guide wires. All aspects of handling weaves will be covered from the early stages. Foundation work on contact performance will cover detailed targeting techniques, confidence on contacts, more speed into the contact position, and body exercises for the dog to develop more awareness of where his feet are. The “box” method for a running A-frame will also be covered. Note: Instructor to approve all students who register. This class is appropriate for beginner dogs, but also intended for dogs that need to be retrained. Agility Ring

Class limit: 7 Start: Jan. 3 Day/Time: Tues. 11:30-1 pm Fee: $120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[EL AG536] Skills and Drills (Novice/Advanced). FULL Instructor: Terry Herman. 8 Weeks. This course will concentrate on specific handling skills (crosses, sends, lead outs, etc.) and when and how to use them given various obstacle configurations. Drills will be used to train and practice alternative handling options and determine the fastest, safest, easiest options for each dog and handler team in different situations. It will not include full courses and not focus on obstacle performance. Prerequisites: Dogs must have at least 1 standard Q in AKC or USDAA novice or CPE2, or must have permission of the Instructor. The instructor reserves the right to remove any team from the class that does not meet the above prerequisite criteria or in the instructor’s opinion is not appropriate for this class. Agility Ring

Class limit: 8 Start: Jan. 3 Day/Time: Tues. 3 -4:30 pm Fee: $120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[EL AG537] Skills and Drills (Masters/Excellent). Instructor: Terry Herman. 8 Weeks. This course will concentrate on more advanced handling skills (backside maneuvers, threadles, bypasses, etc.) and when and how to use them given various obstacle configurations, including international style challenges. Drills will be used to train and practice alternative handling options and determine the fastest, safest, easiest options for each dog and handler team in different situations. It will not include full courses. Prerequisites: Dogs should have AKC AX title, USDAA AAD title; CPE Level 5 or must have permission of the instructor. The instructor reserves the right to remove any team from the class that does not meet the above prerequisite criteria or in the instructor’s opinion is not appropriate for this class. Agility Ring

Class limit: 8 Start: Jan. 3 Day/Time: Tues. 4:45-6:15 pm Fee: $120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[AG580] Advanced Handling SequencesInstructor: Cindy Deubler, Nancy Morris. 8 weeks. This level is for dog and handler teams who have mastered novice competition and are preparing to compete at the higher levels. This class will focus on introducing advanced handling skills, continuing to build course analysis skills, and introducing course sequences typically run at the advanced/excellent levels. Prerequisites: A qualifying score in AKC Open, USDAA Advanced Standard, NADAC Open, or CPE Level 4 Standard, or permission of the Instructor. Handlers must be able to perform all the basic handling moves including front, blind and rear crosses. Note: Multiple dogs per handler are not allowed unless there are still openings the last week of registration.  Agility Ring

Class limit:

8

Start:

Jan. 9

Day/Time:

Mon 6:30-8pm

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[EL AG540] Privates - Mondays & Wednesdays. Instructor: Terry Herman. 1-hr lesson. Oriole Instructor Terry Herman is offering one-hour privates and semi-privates running from 10am-6pm on most Mondays and Wednesdays. Privates can be tailored to deal with particular problems or challenges or aimed at improving overall teamwork and handling for teams already competing or about to compete in agility trials. It’s also possible to share an hour with a friend working at the same level or dealing with the same issues. On-line registration will only add your name to the list provided to the instructor, it doesn’t guarantee a slot. Once a month the instructor will email available dates and times for the following month to those who’ve registered and request their preferred dates and times.  In scheduling, priority will be given to the preferred dates and times of Oriole Lifetime/Contributing Members; then Training Members; and then Non-Members. Money will be collected the day of the lesson. As with all Oriole classes, all class fees go to the club. Note:  If you are currently on Terry's list and receiving her emails about scheduling Private lessons, there is no need to register again.   Agility Ring

Class limit: NA Start: Continuous Day/Time: Mon & Wed 10-6pm  Fee: $100NM/$90TM/$80CM


[EL AG510] Agility Run-Throughs. Instructor: Terry Todesco. This is a drop-in opportunity to work through an agility course. For each run-through, an agility course will be presented for participants to run. A couple different paths will be available. Each participant will be allowed approximately 3 minutes to run the course or practice different skills. Fees will be collected at the start of class. Class Dates: *See schedule on ODTC website.   Agility Ring

Class limit: NA Start: Online Schedule Day/Time: Fri., 7-9pm  Fee: $10NM/$7TM/$5CM



Agility Seminars and Workshops

Check Oriole's website for a complete list and updates - https://orioledogclub.org/seminars-and-workshops/

 
FLYBALL


IMPORTANT: All dogs participating in flyball must be physically sound & at an appropriate weight. Keep your dog's nails trimmed & keep hair around the feet trimmed to prevent slipping. If your dog has hair falling in his eyes, tie it back with a rubber band or small barrette. Dogs with underlying health problems, including but not limited to hip & elbow dysplasia, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, vision, or other health problems that limit endurance, balance, or motor control should not participate in flyball without consultation with a veterinarian who is familiar with flyball.  It is suggested that owners not sign their dogs up for flyball classes until the dog is at least 12 months old.  Timing, however, is an issue with our structured start dates.  If you wish to enroll a dog that will be younger than 12 months at the start of class, you must submit a waiver & request permission of the flyball training director.  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will remain in the building throughout the class.

Introductory Flyball Courses


[FB100] Beginner Flyball. Instructor: Lauralee McGuire.  10 Weeks.   This class is for those who want to learn the sport.  Dogs should be proficient in basic obedience & be under control in the presence of other dogs.  This course is NOT an entry class for the competition course.   Prerequisites: Basic obedience. LocationMain ring 1 & 2

Class limit:

N/A

Start:

Jan. 5

Day/Time:

Thurs., 7pm

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[FB110] Beginner Flyball. Instructor: Kate Bobb and Rob Novak.  9 Weeks.   This class is for those who want to learn the sport.  Dogs should be proficient in basic obedience & be under control in the presence of other dogs.  This course is NOT an entry class for the competition course.   Prerequisites: Basic obedience. *CLASS DATES: Jan. 6-March 10 (no class Jan. 27)

Location:  Main ring 1 & 2

Class limit:

N/A

Start:

Jan. 6

Day/Time:

Fri., 6:30 pm*

Fee:

$108NM/$81TM/$54CM


Core Flyball Course

 

[FB300] Competition FlyballInstructors: Sarah Fedder/P Miller10 Weeks.  We will be overlapping the beginner class to give the green dogs an experienced dog to work against. Dogs will refine skills & increase speed & work in a team.  Prerequisite:  Beginner flyball or permission of 

instructor.  Location:  Main ring 1 & 2

Class limit:

N/A


Start:

Jan.5


Day/Time:

Thurs., 7:30 pm

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[FB310] Friday Flyball.   Instructor: Kate Bobb and Rob Novak.    9 Weeks.   This is a class open to dogs with intermediate & advanced skills. Less experienced dogs or handlers will start to work alongside seasoned dogs & team members.  Dogs will refine skills & increase speed & work in a team. Prerequisites:  Beginner flyball or permission of instructor.   *CLASS DATES: Jan. 6 -March 10 (no class Jan. 27).  Location:  Main ring 1 & 2

Class limit:

N/A

Start:

Jan. 6

Day/Time:

Fri., 7:45 pm*

Fee:

$108NM/$81TM/$54CM


 

TRACKING 


All tracking classes are held outside for two to four hours. Students learn to track their dogs, lay track, and learn from watching other students working their dogs. 
All dogs and handlers must be fit enough to walk one mile.


Registrations for Tracking classes will be accepted online or mail your completed and signed ODTC Registration Form to Registrar: Dana Hoppes, Registrar, 4421 Carroll Manor Road, Baldwin, MD  21013.  Questions: please email Registrar, Dana Hoppes, RegistrarODTC@gmail.com  or Tracking Training Director, Linda Hulbert, domlinckrs@comcast.net.  The ODTC Registration Form is also available on the Oriole’s website.  


There are Beginning Tracking classes (most semesters) for dogs starting tracking for the first time and untitled dogs that need certification.   There are typically two classes for experienced handlers and dogs with TD, VST & TDU Tracking.  

Priority will be given to students from the Winter sessions of Beginning Tracking.

[TR105] Beginning Tracking. FULL Instructor: Linda Hulbert. 6 weeks. This class emphasizes building a partnership bond with your dog while having a great time outdoors in nature doing something dogs are naturally gifted at and love to do. The class develops the foundation concepts & techniques for the AKC Tracking Dog Test including understanding scent, designing tracks to develop tracking dogs with motivation, confidence, & skills, and developing handler support skills. The class may be repeated to build capabilities for beginners. Priority:  will be given to returning students from the prior semester.  Notes: 1) One dog per handler, unless special permission is granted by the instructor.  2) There may be an Oriole Tracking Test in the spring of 2022. If so, students need to help (unless entered in the test), this is a valuable learning opportunity! 3) Classes are limited to five students per class for safe social distancing. *Class dates: March 10 & 24, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19.  The class is held at Freedom Park in Sykesville, MD.  

Class limit: 7 Start: March 10 Day/Time: Fridays, 9am * Fee: $120NM/$90TM/$60CM

[TR115] Beginning Tracking. Instructors: Kristi Eisenberg & Allison Shinwari. 6 Weeks. This class emphasizes building a partnership bond with your dog while having a great time outdoors in nature doing something dogs are naturally gifted at and love to do. The class develops the foundation concepts & techniques for the AKC Tracking Dog Test including understanding scent, designing tracks to develop tracking dogs with motivation, confidence, & skills, and developing handler support skills. There will be optional Zoom meetings prior to each class along with notes to introduce concepts and outline fieldwork activities. The course may be repeated to build capabilities for beginners. Classes are rescheduled for inclement weatherPriority: will be given to returning students from the prior semester.  Note: 1) One dog per handler. 2) There may be an Oriole Tracking Test in the spring of 2022. If so, students need to help (unless entered in the test), this is a valuable learning opportunity! 3) Classes are limited to five students per class for safe social distancing

 *Class dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 8, 15. Location:  outside at Fair Hill NRMA, Elkton, MD

Class limit:

5

Start:

March 4

Day/Time:

Sat., 9am*

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM


[TR420] Hard Surface Tracking.  Instructors: Joyce Lilly. 6 Weeks. This is for experienced trackers, must be able to follow instructions and lay tracks on their own.   No beginners!  We will practice starts, do games, and lay tracks for each other.   Everyone is expected to stay for the whole class.  Bring materials to draw maps.    Classes will last about 4 hours not including a short break in the middle to eat lunch. Bring your own lunch.   Class dates: March 12 & 26, April 9 & 23, May 7 & 21. Location:  outside at 121A Industry Lane Forest Hill MD  21050

Class limit:

6

Start:

March 12

Day/Time:

Sun., 9am*

Fee:

$120NM/$90TM/$60CM

 

 

CONFORMATION


[EL C600] Conformation. Instructor: Paula Waterman.   8 weeks.  In this class, you and your dog will be introduced to ring procedure, ring patterns, stacking, gaiting and judging criteria. Emphasis will be based on positive reinforcement techniques, including shaping with some clicker training.  By the end of class, the handler and dog should be able to enter a conformation show with confidence and experience.  Prerequisites:  Dogs must be at least 4 months and up if housetrained, has basic manners, and can be approached by a stranger (or by permission of the instructors). No people-aggressive or dog-aggressive dogs.  Notes:  Bitches in season will not be allowed to attend class.   A minimum of 3 students must register for this class to be held.  Main Ring 2 and Front Training (Blue) Room.   

Class limit:

6

Start:

Jan. 9

Day/Time:

Mon., 5:30 pm

Fee:

$96NM/$72TM/$48CM







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