Class Signup & Membership

Class Schedule Fall 2022

Classes for Session 1 will start Wednesday, September 7, 2022

You will use the Dues/Fees form to register for your class(es). Fees will then need to be mailed ASAP, using the Dues/Fees form to:                                                                   

Cleo Curry
2015 Mt. View Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104

Any questions about classes and registration, please call Cleo:

410 – 963 – 0446

Please have your fees paid by September 1, 2022, the week before classes start or ASAP.  Thank you.         

6:30 – Puppy Class – (Blizzard Building)  – Tina Stamidis – for puppies 4 months and older who have had all of their puppy shots.  This class will prepare your puppy for the AKC Star Puppy Certificate

6:30 – Basic Obedience – (Alesia Building) – Adam Willie and others: Teams will learn how to train their dogs to respond to basic obedience skills: heel, sit, down, stand, come, stay… To reserve a spot in this class, contact Cleo Curry at cleocurry@msn.com.

6:30 – Rally Run-throughs – Novice level – (Medford  Building) – Gail Phillips: Teams will work a full Rally Novice Course, with assistance as needed.

6:30 – Beginner Novice – (Medford Building) – Cleo Curry; this class prepares the teams to compete in the AKC Beginner Novice class to earn the Beginner Novice (BN) title.

7:20 – 7:40 – Heeling and Proofing (Alesia Building) – assorted leaders – all who have completed at least the Basic class are invited to attend this class.  Teams will be exposed to a variety of heeling exercises and distractions

7:15 and 8:30 – Introduction to Odor (AKC Scent Work) (Blizzard Building) – Debbie Malone; Three dog/handler teams will be accepted at each of the time slots.  Teams need to have a harness for the dog as well as a clicker and treats.

7:30 – Conformation Handling – (Medford Building) – Nancy Zinkhan and Gary Sarvinas; teams will learn, and then practice, the skills needed to be successful in the Conformation (Breed showing) ring.  DOTC members pay $5/night; non-members pay $15/night.

7:45 – Advanced Basic (Alesia Building) – Tim Prendergast; This class is for those who have completed the Basic Obedience class and want to refine and enhance their skills

7:45 – Rally Run-throughs – Advanced levels – (Medford Building) – Gail Phillips; full courses will be set up for levels Intermediate – Master; please inform Gail of the level you wish to work (gail.m.phillips@comcast.net); depending on how many folks want which levels, specific times for each level might have to be arranged.

7:45 – Tricks – (Blizzard Building) – Tina Stamidis – This class will teach you how to teach your dog(s) a variety of tricks for fun, or in preparation for the AKC Trick Dog titling tests

7:45 – Novice Obedience (Alesia Building) – Linda Hulbert – this class is for dogs preparing to compete in the AKC Novice class, to earn the Companion Dog (CD) title.  Dogs must have basic obedience skills at reliably successful level.

8:30 – Open Obedience – (Alesia Building) – Linda Hulbert – this class is for dogs preparing to compete in the AKC Open class, to earn the Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title.  Dogs should have at least one leg toward the Novice (CD) title.

8:30 – Introduction to Odor – see above


DOTC Accepts ALL dog breeds and is a member club of the AKC. Therefore, we support and adhere to the rules and regulations of our parent organization. To that end we follow their training guidance and philosophy – treat all dogs with respect and kindness. Training is based on that premise – handlers are taught to teach and train their dogs through repetition, encouragement, praise, treats, kindness, love and affection. Harsh discipline is NOT accepted for any reason or excuse! Such action by a handler is grounds for expulsion from both the DOTC and the AKC! Handlers are to only use buckle collars, slip collars, and martingales – e-collars are never accepted. Prong collars may only be used in exceptional cases only with the approval of our Training Director.

  • Basic Class students and / or first-time trainers with us can expect to pay $120 for the 8 weeks of classes in their first session. Annual Training Dues for returning members is $160, this year.

Registration Forms:


Class Descriptions:

All classes are not offered every session. Please watch for each session’s offerings, as the year progresses.

 

Conformation/Breed Handling:
The original sport of the American Kennel Club.
Experienced instructors will guide both novice and experienced handlers through the subtle art of showing in breed classes. Instruction will include how to get the most out of your dog – highlighting their positive traits while minimizing less desirable characteristics. The instructor will show how to stack, gait, and show your dog to its maximum potential. You will learn many “tricks of the trade” and ring etiquette. It will also cover conditioning your dog to get it ready for exhibiting/dress code for ring/leads and collars/entry completion.

Obedience  –  Developed in the 1930s, Obedience is AKC’s oldest performance event. From walking on- and off-leash to retrieving and jumping, or demonstrating your dog’s ability to stay, every dog owner should consider some form of obedience training. It’s the best way to establish good communication skills between you and your dog – and to make sure that your dog is the most well-behaved one in your neighborhood!

S.T.A.R Puppy – This class covers the 4 areas necessary for you and your puppy to have a good life together:  Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsible ownership.  This class is open to puppies from 10 weeks old to six months of age (toy breeds should wait until at least 12 weeks of age).

Basic/Beginner Handling – This class is the introduction level for all training events whether it be obedience, rally, or tricks. This 8 week class teaches the handler how to train basic commands such as heeling, sit, down, come, and stay.  This class is for dogs over 4 months of age.  The class consists of one orientation class (without the dog) and 8 weeks of class instruction. This 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 S.T.A.R. Puppy.

Advanced Basic Handling – Advanced Basic is for those who’ve just completed a Basic class and need to continue building their skill level. Skills taught at this level include Sit, Down, Walk/Heel, Stay and Come. This class will prepare you and your dog to take the Canine Good Citizen test and earn an AKC title!

Show Training Beginner Novice (BN) – This class is the first level of obedience titles. In Beginner Novice you and your dog will be introduced to heeling and basic heeling patterns. You and your dog will learn to read and follow posted directions while heeling a pattern. A Sit for Exam (on leash) and a Sit-Stay and Recall (both off-leash) will be taught. This is the beginner show level.

Show Training Novice (CD) – In Novice you and your dog will continue to build on your strengths and improve your communication skills. It will include footwork during heeling, correct handling and motivational techniques for dog/handler teams, in addition to heeling on leash, dogs will heel off leash, do a Stand for Exam and a 35’ Recall (both off-leash). Group Stays (Sit and Down – on leash) are also included. This class will prepare dogs to compete for AKC Companion Dog (CD) title.

Show Training Open – Acceptance upon approval of the Training Director and Obedience Instructors. Please contact the DOTC Registrar for more information.

Rally: Rally is a TEAM sport relatively new AKC performance sport which focuses on building a strong foundation of teamwork between you and your dog. Rally is FUN! Handlers and their dogs will traverse a course of upward of 25 “signs” designed to test both skills and communications.

Novice (RN) – Novice Rally will introduce the handler/dog team to the world of Rally. Dogs will be worked on-lead and will learn such skills as sit/stay/down, simple movements such as circles and turns and changes of pace. Ultimately, the teams will be able to complete a course containing up to 15 skills.

Intermediate/Advanced – This class is the transition between on-leash (Novice) and off-leash (Advanced). Skills presented at Intermediate will use all Novice and Advanced level (with the exception of the jump) but will be conducted on-leash. New skills will be more complex and will include both right and left pivots. Courses may have up to 17 signs.

Excellent – Acceptance upon approval of the Rally Instructors. Please contact the DOTC Registrar or President, Gail Phillips (gail.m.phillips@comcast.net) for more information.

Master – Acceptance upon approval of the Training Director and Rally Instructors. Please contact the DOTC Registrar for more information.

Tricks: Teaching your dog tricks is a fun and entertaining way to an even smarter, more focused pet and you will both have a blast showing off tricks! You’ll learn a variety of tricks, including: spin, twirl, tunnel, weave pole, shake hands, high five, sit pretty, roll over, take a bow, play dead, crawl, kiss, ring a bell and more! Your dog will love this class and so will you! You and your dog will have the opportunity to earn AKC Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Performer, and Elite titles.

Scent Work:  This course is designed to teach you and your dog to independently search for objects for a reward.  This Prep Course lays the foundation to introduce odor for competition in AKC Scent Work Trials.  Weeks 1-6 are spent developing the dog’s drive to search.  Weeks 7 & 8, the dog is introduced to Odor. Depending on the dog’s drive, Odor may be introduced as early as Week 6.  The course focuses on containers only. (For more details about this exciting new dog sport, see the AKC website.)

For more information on registration for fall classes:

Cleo Curry, DOTC Registrar
2015 Mt. View Road, MD 21104
443-842-0702

Gail Phillips, DOTC President
gail.m.phillips@comcast.net

Helpful links:

For everything Rally:

AKC Rally®

For Rally Rules and Regulations:

http://images.akc.org/pdf/AKC1193_ROR001_1217_WEB.pdf

For everything Obedience:

Obedience

For Obedience Rules and Regulations:

http://images.akc.org/pdf/rulebooks/RO2999_0318.pdf