IMPORTANT INFO about the 2020-2021 Training Season:
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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!


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.


Attention all DOTC members and friends:

Classes are canceled until further notice. Please stay safe and well.

The April 10 FastCAT events have been canceled, even though they are still not showing on the AKC cancellation page. Again please stay safe and well!

IF you and/or your dogs are getting bored, try practicing “find it” with toys and/or treats hidden around your house. Practice “heeling” around the house (around kitchen islands, up and down hallways).

Go to the AKC site, and download the Rally signs. Practice those skills while you’re home, together. .

Teach your dog(s) some new tricks. Go to the AKC website and look at the list of tricks for the AKC Trick Dog titles.

Above all, stay safe and well! We’ll see you whenever it’s safe to gather together, again!

Feel free to share pictures of what you and your dog(s) are up to, while home, together! Here’s Raven, resting up after a training session.

Please watch this page and the DOTC Facebook page for further announcements.(https://www.fb.com/DOTC4dogs)

Remember, you should still keep training your dog(s)! Please be sure to put in 10 – 20 minutes, each day, practicing learned skills, and maybe even learning some new ones! See you whenever this situation resolves!



We are sorry to report that, due to the Governor’s Executive Order today, the April 10 – 12 FastCAT events are canceled. If you entered either the DOTC, or the GSDCGW, events you will be receiving a refund, as soon as Ching-Yao Yu, Lure Operator and Trial Secretary, can process that.
Thank you to all who entered, and to all who volunteered to work. Hopefully, we’ll see you all for the Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 events!

DOTC & GSDCGW, AKC All‐Breed Fast Coursing Ability Test
April 10‐11‐12, 2020
Gamber & Community Fire Company,
3838 Niner Road
Finksburg, MD 21048

See the PREMIUM LIST here…

DOTC 83rd Obedience Trial and 18th & 19th Rally Trials
Sunday, March 15, 2020 – CANCELLED

Due to concerns for everyone’s safety and health, we have decided to CANCEL our Obedience and Rally Trials scheduled for this weekend. We will post more information as things unfold. Everyone here at DOTC thanks you for your patience and continued support of the club and wish everyone good health and a quick end to this trying time in our nation and the world.  

UPDATE: The Carroll County Agriculture Center will be closing until April 1. 

Obedience Event #2020132501   |   Rally Events #2020132502 & 2020132503




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 2019-2020 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   |   

Gail Phillips, DOTC President

Please remember DOTC Accepts ALL dog breeds…