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Oriole Dog Training Club Schedule of Classes

Winter 2015

Academic Calendar





Nov. 4, 2014

Registration opens for Contributing Mbrs.

Nov. 8, 2014

Registration opens for Members and Contributing Mbrs.

Nov. 12, 2014


Registration opens for NonMembers, Mbrs. And Contributing Mbrs.

Nov. 22, 2014

Registration closes for ALL classes and electives.

Dec. 29, 2014

Late registrations will be charged a $25 LATE FEE, if received after this date.

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Most classes start the week of Jan. 5, 2015. Note: The start date varies for some classes.

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The last week of classes is the week of March 9, 2015. Note: The end date varies for some classes.

Classes are offered in a 10-week session format.

  • Fall: Sept. to December
  • Winter: January to March
  • Spring: April to June


  • Any envelopes postmarked after the LATE FEE date will not receive priority for placement into classes and will be charged a late fee of $25.

Course Classification

INTRODUCTORY CLASSES:  There are introductory classes in both obedience and agility.  Entry level courses in obedience and agility are most likely to be the courses desired by the general public. These classes are usually the first classes in obedience and agility that you will take with your dog.   Introductory agility classes follow a 10-week session format.  Introductory obedience classes are 8 weeks long.


Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience and Advanced Obedience follow the same schedule as the other classes.  Questions concerning Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience or Advanced Basic should be sent to registrar at


Beginner agility courses may have a waiting list.  Send current rabies certification and a signed registration application to Linda Miles, 3314A Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.  You will not be put on the list until all these items are received. IMPORTANT:  Dogs participating in beginner agility must be a minimum age of 12 months old and 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 Linda Miles 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:

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


SUMMER COURSES:  Summer courses are a changing offering of courses that are considered electives, usually starting in July. 


ELECTIVES:  Electives are a 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 and deadlines.  First priority for placement into a class goes to Contributing Members, second priority to full members in good standing (Training, Non-training, Honorary and Lifetime), third priority to Provisional members, and remaining slots are open to the public. This means that the higher level courses are usually filled with members. See page 5 for an explanation of Membership in Oriole and to obtain membership applications.


ODTC does not accept children under the age of 16 in our classes unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardianThe parent or legal guardian must remain in the appropriate 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 are the following, who all MUST have agility training:  instructors, committee chairs and 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.  Equally, class size may be increased if the instructor and Training Director deem it appropriate.


ODTC reserves the right to refuse registration to any customer.


Registration and Fees



Registration Process: Registration opens for contributing members on Nov. 4, 2014 (Tuesday).  Registration opens on Nov. 8, 2014, (Saturday) for training members and continues for contributing members. Registration opens on Nov. 12, 2014 (Wednesday) for the public and continues for all member levels.  Non-member registrations received prior to Nov. 12, 2014 will not be entered until Nov. 12.


1. There are no late fees at any time for non-members enrolling in their first class at ODTC at any time.


2. There are no late fees for entry level obedience (puppy, basic and advanced basic) and entry level agility (foundations 1 and puppy) classes for anyone at any time.


3. Late fees are not assessed until the week before classes start. After that date, there will be no waiver of late fees for anyone other than 1 or 2 above.


4. If you wish to register for a class that is full, please contact the registrar, Jackie Sheridan-Moore, at, to get on the wait list for the class. Frequently there are cancellations, so by joining the wait list you may get into the class(es) you want.


If students remain on a waiting list at the end of registration the registrar will inform the instructor about the list and 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 will be checking them and selection of the incorrect level will create additional delays and 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 web site providing step by step instructions for online registration. If difficulties are encountered please contact  How to Register Online


  • All classes at Oriole require pre-registration. You may not walk in and register for a class. Registration forms are included with this catalog, or may be downloaded from the Internet at: from the “Documents” link.
  • Link to Registration Form:  Registration Form With Tracking Commitment

  • Please note that fees are listed by category with each course. They are listed at the price for non-members and provisional members (NM); then training and 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 and upper level Obedience, Nose Work, Flyball, Agility, Tracking, and Conformation classes to:



Membership in ODTC


How do you become a member of Oriole?  ODTC is an entirely volunteer organization, and we need volunteers to teach, help put on events, and help with running our two buildings.  As an incentive to work for the club, we provide benefits such as lower class fees.  The procedure for becoming a member and the benefits of membership are posted on our web site at from the “Documents” link.


New Member Procedures: Club Policy Manual

New Member Form: New Member Application Form