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Questions Regarding Registration or Courses     Winter 2023 Catalog 

Winter 2023 Catalog

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Academic Calendar

November 19, 2022

Preregistration for graduating students of the following introductory classes: OB101, OB105, OB110, AG050, AG100, AG110, and NW110

November 22, 2022 at 6 am

Registration opens for Contributing Members

November 25, 2022 at 6 am

Registration opens for Members & Contributing Members

November 28, 2022 at 6 am

Registration opens for Non-Members, Provisional Members, Members. & Contributing Members

December 2, 2022

Primary registration closes for all classes and electives. Registrations remain open for those classes which are not yet full, however classes that do not meet minimum attendance requirements by this deadline may be cancelled.

December 3, 2022

Late Registration (postmarked on or after this date) - Member discounts

no longer applicable & no placement priority

See course Description

Most classes begin week of January 2, 2023. Note: start date may vary

See course Description

Most classes end week of March 6, 2023. Note: end date may vary

Fall: Sept.-Dec., Winter: Jan.-March, Spring: April-June, Summer: usually start July (summer courses are a changing offering of courses that are considered electives)          


Course Classification

INTRODUCTORY CLASSES:  There are introductory classes in Obedience, Agility, & Nosework. Entry level courses in Obedience, Agility, and Nosework are likely to be the courses desired by the general public. These classes are usually the first classes in Obedience & Agility that you will take with your dog.   Introductory Agility classes follow a 10-wk session format.  Introductory Obedience classes may be on a 6, 7, or 8 week schedule. 

Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience & Advanced Obedience may occur more frequently and on shorter 6-week sessions.  


Bring current rabies certification to your first class.  

Questions concerning Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience or Advanced Basic should be sent to the Obedience Training Director at

IMPORTANT:  Dogs participating in Foundations for Dog Sports must be 5 ½ months old or older & be physically soundDogs participating in beginner agility must be a minimum age of 12 months old & physically sound.  If you wish to enroll a dog that will be younger than 12 months at the time of class, you MUST fill out a waiver form. Please contact Registrar, Dana Hoppes at for a copy of this form.

CORE COURSES:  These courses offer advanced training in the different dog training disciplines offered by Oriole.  They are usually offered in the 10-week session format. They include courses in:

  • Agility
  • Conformation (8-week elective)
  • Freestyle
  • Flyball
  • K9 Nosework©
  • Obedience
  • Tracking  (Tracking is offered in the fall & winter only)    

ELECTIVES:  Electives are changing offering of courses from any of the above categories, or spanning several, such as Obedience for Agility or Clicker Training.  These courses are usually shorter in duration and more focused on developing particular skills, such as Weave Poles and Contact Drills or Attention.  They are offered throughout the year on a limited basis and during the summer when there may be no core courses offered.  Elective class offerings can be found listed under a specific discipline, such as “Agility.”


PRIORITY:  All courses are open to everyone, provided they meet the stated prerequisites & deadlines.  First priority for placement into a class goes to Contributing Members, second priority to full members in good standing (Training, Non-training, Honorary & Lifetime), third priority to Provisional members, & remaining slots are open to the public. This means that the higher level courses are usually filled with members. See page 4 for an explanation of Membership in Oriole & to obtain membership applications.

ODTC does not accept children under the age of 16 in our classes unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  The parent or legal guardian must remain in the building where the class is being held throughout the entire class period.

AGILITY EQUIPMENT USAGE:  Unauthorized individuals may only use equipment when supervised by an agility instructor.  Authorized individuals may train when the agility building is not in use by ODTC.  Authorized individuals (MUST have agility training) are:  instructors, committee chairs & contributing members, board members & officers.  If you do a job for ODTC, you are a committee member.  Please check the building calendar at for information on building availability.

CLASS SIZE CONSIDERATIONS: The Club reserves the right to cancel a class due to low registration.  Class size may be increased if the instructor & Training Director deem it appropriate.

ODTC reserves the right to refuse registration to any customer.


Bitches in Season policy:  No bitches in season will be allowed in the following classes: Puppy, Basic Obedience, and Advanced Basic/CGC and Trick Dog Drills. Otherwise, bitches in season are allowed in classes, in panties, but if the instructor determines that the presence of the bitch is disruptive to the operation of the class, the instructor may request that she be removed from the building.


Registration and Fees

If your registration is not paid by credit card (preferred method of payment), your check payment must be received by the Registrar within 7 calendar days of registration, or your registration will be cancelled. 

Mail payment to:  Dana Hoppes, 4421 Carroll Manor Road, Baldwin, MD  21013 


Fees are listed by category for each course:

  • Non-Members & Provisional Members (NM)
  • Training & Honorary Members (TM)
  • Contributing Members (CM)

Please be careful to select the correct member level when registering!  Selection of the incorrect level will create additional delays & processing difficulties.  Verification of class lists is done by instructors/training directors during the week following registration closing. Class lists (dog/handler only) will be posted to the web during the first week of each session. 

NEW POLICY beginning Winter 2022 - In the event a member registers for a class at the wrong membership level and requests a credit, the Club reserves the right to deduct a $10 processing fee per class credit. There will be a three-strike rule for a person who registers incorrectly or does not pay. That person will be suspended from registering for 10 days from the date of the third notice.   

A pdf document is available from the documents download section of the website with step by step instructions for online registration. If difficulties are encountered contact


  • All classes at Oriole require pre-registration. You may not walk in & register for a class. Registration forms are included with this catalog or may be downloaded from the Internet at: from the “Documents” link.
  • You must pay the appropriate fees with your registration form or it will be returned, other than entry level agility courses. Please see specific course descriptions for details about payment.
  • Provided the person/dog registering meets the criteria for entry, placement in class is first-come, first-served.
  • Please, for fastest results, send all inquiries about registration for electives & upper level Obedience, Nose Work, Freestyle, Flyball, Agility, Tracking, & Conformation classes to:

Membership in ODTC


How do you become a member?  ODTC is an entirely volunteer organization & we need volunteers to teach, help put on events, & help with running our building.  As an incentive to work for the club, we provide benefits such as lower class fees.  The procedure for becoming a member & the benefits of membership are posted on our website at

Becoming a Member:  Becoming a Member
New Member Procedures:  Club Policy Manual
New Member Form:  2014 ODTC New Member Application Form


Questions Regarding Registration or Courses



Email the Registrar: Dana Hoppes:     


Registration Form: ODTC Registration Form 2020


Agility courses:  Agility Training Director, Cindy Deubler,

Nosework courses: Other Training Director – Sue Cox,

Obedience Courses:  Obedience Training Director, Sue Carlton,  

Tracking courses:  Tracking Training Director, Linda Hulbert,

Racing Sports:  Carle Lee Detweiler,

All other courses:  Other Training Director – Sue Cox,