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Oriole Dog Training Club Schedule of Classes

Winter 2020 Catalog   

Academic Calendar


November 15, 2019

Registration opens for Contributing Members

November 19, 2019

Registration opens for Members & Contributing Members

November 23, 2019

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

December 4, 2019

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 5, 2019

Late Registration (postmarked on or after this date) - Member discounts no longer applicable & no placement priority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 6, 2020.
Note: start date may vary

See Course Description

Most classes end week of March 9, 2020. 
Note: end date may vary


               Sessions:  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.  

Foundations for Dog Sports may have a waiting list.  

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, Lorinda McKisson 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 & 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.


Registration and Fees

Wait List:  Please contact the registrar, Lorinda McKisson, at to get on the wait list for  AG050 (Foundations for Dog Sports). If students remain on a waiting list at the end of registration the registrar will inform the instructor about the list & allow the teacher to adjust the number of students if appropriate. No one not on the waiting list will be eligible for the class at the end of registration UNLESS REQUESTED BY AN INSTRUCTOR WHO FEELS A CURRENT STUDENT TEAM SHOULD BE REASSIGNED TO ANOTHER CLASS.

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


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.
  • Please note that fees are listed by category with each course. They are listed at the price for non-members & provisional members (NM); then training & honorary members (M); then contributing members (CM).
  • 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



Introductory Obedience & Introductory Agility:    Registrar,  Lorinda McKisson:

(Puppy classes, Basic Obed., Adv. Obed., CGC, Foundations & Beginner Agility)

 Upper levels and electives for Agility & Obedience:  Registrar,  Lorinda McKisson:

All Level Conformation, Flyball, Nose Work, Tracking:  Registrar,  Lorinda McKisson:

Registration Form: 2019 Registration Form


Agility courses:  Agility Training Director, Cindy Deubler,

Nosework courses:  Linda and Don Grskovich,

Obedience Courses:  Obedience Training Director, Sue Carlton,    


Tracking courses:  Tracking Training Director, Linda Hulbert,


All other courses:  Other Activities Training Dir., Carle Lee Detweiler,