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2021 DOTC Obedience / Rally Trial…

As of right now, our March 21, 2021 Obedience/Rally Trials are still a “go”. We will need a lot of help the afternoon before, setting up for the event. We will also need a lot of folks to act as Stewards, the day of the event. Please consider offering your assistance. “Many hands make light work”.

DOTC Obedience & Rally Trial Premium-2021



Dear DOTC Members and Friends… 

December 8, 2020

It is with great regret, and out of an abundance of caution, that I need to inform you that the Board of Directors of The Dog Owners’ Training Club of Maryland, Inc., with input from the instructors, has decided to stay closed for classes, due the uprise of COVID-19 cases in our region. Until we see a significant decrease in cases, in Maryland, we will not be meeting for classes. The Board will meet, again, in early February, to reassess the situation. We hope that all of you are doing all that you can to keep yourself, and your family, safe and well.

Our next Board meeting will be Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 7PM. Any member is welcome to join the Board meeting, with the understanding that all may participate in the discussion, but only Board members will vote on any motions that are made. Please contact President, Gail Phillips, to get the ZOOM invitation to that January 31, 2021 meeting.

Our Farm Dog Test, given at Colmont Farm in western Howard County was a marvelous success! Thank you to Debbie Malone, Trial Secretary, and Judges Barbara Awtrey and Robin Graham. Over 20 dog/handler teams came and tried the course. We awarded many FDC “New Title” rosettes! Thank you also to Miranda and Renee Sherman, for the loan of their llama and alpaca! Thank you to Cleo Curry for the wonderful photographs of the day. These can be seen on Cleo’s “Smugmug” page. Go to www.cleocurry.smugmug.com to view them. Tim Prendergast, our Webmaster, will be posting the links so that you can see the videos of teams working that course. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped “man” the event. I hope I don’t forget anyone! Thank you, DOTC members Renee Kahn, Renee Sherman, Miranda Sherman, Deb Frank, Diane Carpenter, Janet Hughes, and Cleo Curry for your assistance. We also had some potential members assist. Thank you to them, as well. Unfortunately, I did not get all of their names. I apologize for that.

Our December 2 FastCAT event (which was supposed to have been our April, then November, events) went well, despite the cold and wind! Thank you to Mary Ellen Moehler for letting us tie the club tent to her van, so it would not blow away! Yes, it really was that windy! Thank you to members Cleo Curry, Mary Ellen Moehler, and Michael O’Hara for helping with set-up. Thank you to members Cleo Curry, Mary Ellen Moehler, Renee Sherman, Deb Frank, Mickala Berta, and Janet Hughes, for your help the day of the event. Again, we had many non/potential members who also assisted. A big thank you goes to all of you.

We can not run these events without the assistance of our volunteers. As of right now, our March 21, 2021 Obedience/Rally Trials are still a “go”. We will need a lot of help the afternoon before, setting up for the event. We will also need a lot of folks to act as Stewards, the day of the event. Please consider offering your assistance. “Many hands make light work”.

Speaking of Obedience/Rally trials, we have been asked by the Baltimore County Kennel Club Trial Chair to assist them with some decision making information. They are still discussing how/if to hold the “Cherry Blossom Cluster” in April, 2021. If you are an Obedience or Rally competitor, would you please let Trial Chair, Lucy Campbell (briarpatch.beardies@gmail.com) know if you would be willing to compete, outdoors, in April, in Maryland.

In that same vein, would you please let DOTC President, Gail Phillips, know if you would be willing to be part of the DOTC “team” of Ring Stewards for the Obedience/Rally events at that show cluster. We have provided the

Obedience/Rally Stewards for this event for a couple of years. Obviously, we did not, last year, although we were prepared. Thank you to all who volunteered to work those events, the last few years.

Looking even farther forward, we are looking into holding another Farm Dog Certification Test, hopefully, in the spring. There is some discussion about holding Scentwork Trials. Applications have been sent for April and November FastCAT events (2 days each time). We are still waiting for a possible June/July date.

So, even though we are not able to meet together, to train, we are still finding ways to stay active and involved with our dogs. I hope that you are also staying active with your dog(s). As always, feel free to reach out to any of the instructors with questions and concerns. Their contact information is in the November letter that you, hopefully, received.

Please keep watching our Facebook page (DOTC4dogs) and our website (www.dotc.org) for more information about our special events and future classes. Please, keep working with your dogs, stay safe, and stay well.

Happy Holidays and Happy (Healthy) New Year!

Gail

Gail M. Phillips, President, The DOTC of Maryland, Inc.

DOTC-December 8th, Letter to Membership

 


DOTC Farm Dog Certification testing videos

 
15 November 2020
Enjoy!

 


Attention DOTC Members and Friends… 

November 9, 2020 Letter

It is with great regret, and out of an abundance of caution, that I need to inform you that the Board of Directors of The Dog Owners’ Training Club of Maryland, Inc. has decided to cease classes for the immediate future, due the uprise of COVID-19 cases in our region.

We chose to consider the health and safety of all of our students and instructors in making this decision. The Board will continue to meet every month. We will re-evaluate if/when to resume classes, after the 1st of the New Year. Any member is welcome to join the Board meeting, with the understanding that all may participate in the discussion, but only Board members will vote on any motions that are made. Please contact President, Gail Phillips, to get the ZOOM invitation. The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 7PM.

It was also decided that our Instructors will be available to their students to answer any questions moving forward. Contact information will be provided to our members.

Because they are primarily outside events, our upcoming Farm Dog Certification Test and FastCAT events are still a “go”. If you are available to volunteer for either of those events, please notify Gail. As of this time, the March 21, 2021 Obedience and Rally trials are also still a “go”. We will need lots of help to set up, the evening before, and the day of the event.

Please keep watching our Facebook page (DOTC4dogs) and our website (www.dotc.org) for more information about our special events and future classes. Please, keep working with your dogs, stay safe, and stay well.

          Gail M. Phillips, President, The DOTC of Maryland, Inc.


 

Of Interest…

If any of our members are interested in Herding, here is an opportunity.

National Capital Bearded Collie Club
Herding Instinct Test – Sheep
November 14, 2020

National Capital Bearded Collie Club Instinct Premium List

NCBCC Entry Form

Event Number 2020295506


AKC Farm Dog Certification Test

November 15, 2020 (RAIN OR SHINE), 9am – 3pm

Click to download the Farm Dog Premium combined…

Test will be held at Colmont Downs
14675 Carrs Mill Road, Woodbine, MD 21797

AKC Event #2020132512 & AKC Event #2020132513

The FDC test is open to all dogs at least 9 months of age that are
Individually registered with AKC, recorded in the FSS Program, dogs
With PAL numbers or dogs enrolled in the AKC Canine Partners Program.

Gail Phillips, Trial Chair
Dog Owners’ Training Club
2716 Mt. Olive Ct.,
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
gail.m.phillips@comcast.net

Deborah Malone, Trial Secretary
18823 Falls Road
Hampstead, MD 21074
443-789-3464
Emeraldoaks@comcast.net

Entries close on November 1, 2020 at 6pm at Secretary’s home.


IMPORTANT INFO about the 2020-2021 Training Season:
 
Classes resumed on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Watch our website (if you are not on our member list) or your snail mail (if we have your information) for registration and COVID information.

 

There will be a different format, this year, “thanks” to COVID. For classes higher than the very basic beginner class, you and your dog will be assigned a specific 10 – 15 minute time with your instructor. Instructions will be posted on how to contact your instructor to receive your time.

 

Also, we will only be collecting dues, one session at a time, instead of an annual assessment. Folks who were paid up for all of last season will be offered the option of using their last quarter dues to pay for this year’s first quarter, or to consider that a donation to the club.

 

Hope to see lots of you, socially distanced, and masked, of course, soon!

 


DOTC Class Offerings

Fall 2020 Covid agreement DOTC
Please print and sign the above agreement and either mail it in or bring it with you to the first day of classes. 

Session 1, 2020 – 2021 “School” Year

6:30

  • Puppy Class – Contact Registrar Robin Graham
  • Beginner/Basic – Adam Willie and others, Contact Registrar Robin Graham
  • Beginner Novice (show prep) – Contact Instructor: Gail Phillips
    (301 – 829 – 1972 or gail.m.phillips@comcast.net)
  • Novice/Open (Shop Prep) – Contact Instructor Linda Hulbert

7:30

  • Conformation/Handling – Contact Instructor Nancy Zinkhan
  • Beginner/Basic – Adam Willie and others, Contact Registrar Robin Graham
  • Advanced Basic – Contact Instructor: Tim Prendergast
  • Rally Obedience – Contact Instructor: Gail Phillips (see above)
  • AKC Scent Work – Contact Instructor: Debbie Malone

 
Sad DOTC news

It is with a very heavy heart that DOTC must share the news that our member, instructor, friend, Mel Volkert, passed away this afternoon. There are no plans for any service, at this time. Please join us in praying for comfort for his widow, Carolyn, and the rest of his family and friends.

This photo is of Carolyn and Mel (far left) being honored in 2017, with the Perpetual Trophy, affectionately called, “The Monster”. The recipient(s) are voted on by previous winners. It is in recognition of exemplary service to the club, often in a “behind the scenes” capacity. It was presented at the Annual Awards Program/Picnic by Training Director, Adam Willie, and President, Gail Phillips.

 


 

NEW CLASS: Introduction to Scent Work taught by Debbie Malone.  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.)

Do not feed your dog before class.

You will need the following equipment to participate in this class: Harness, 6-8′ leash, High value treats (no crunchy treats)

Only 6 dog/handler teams will be accepted into each class.  Class 1 will meet from 7:00 – 7:45PM.  Class 2 will meet from 7:45 – 8:30PM each Wednesday evening of Session 2.  Contact DOTC Registrar, Robin Graham, to get signed up for this class (RLGraham56@aol.com).


DOTC Bylaws – AKC Ratified, 8 February 2019

We are happy to inform you that our DOTC Bylaws have been ratified by the AKC Board of Directors…


Check out Class Registration (All breeds welcome) and our Calendar for the current training season.


Of Interest

Here’s an article on an important topic:
Maryland’s laws when a pet bites someone…


DOTC Snow/Weather Closing Policy

Classes are cancelled if evening classes/activities are cancelled for Carroll County Schools.


For more information on registration for classes:

Robin L. Graham, DOTC Registrar
2960 Duvall Road, Woodbine, MD 21797
410-615-9704   |   
RLGraham56@aol.com

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


Please remember DOTC Accepts ALL dog breeds…