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



Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Session 3 “Tricks” class has to be canceled.  Dot Decker will be teaching the Rally advanced classes at 6:30. Gail Phillips will be teaching the Beginner Novice class 6:30.

Sad DOTC news

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our long-time club member, and friend, Art Scherer. We send our sincerest condolences to his wife, Linda Scherer; their children and grandchildren; relatives and friends. He and Linda have contributed their time and talents to DOTC and its members for decades.  More information about Art and funeral arrangements can be found here:


2019-2020 Training Season | Session 3

Session 3 classes are held at the Alesia and Medford buildings of the Carroll County Agriculture Center.



Session 3 class schedule …
2019 – 2020 proposed Session 3 class schedule

Would anyone who’s willing to help teach or assist for DOTC’s upcoming season please email President Gail Phillips (gail.m.phillips@comcast.net) and Training Director Adam Willie (willie3315@aol.com) with the following information:
    • The class(es) they’re willing to teach or assist with (please specify whether they want to be the lead instructor or an assistant);
    • the time(s) they are available, and
    • whether this would be a 1 session offer or all year.
Classes and times will be determined once we know who is available and what they are willing to teach or assist with.



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

All-Breed – Entries are open to All-American dogs listed in the AKC Canine Partners program.

Entries close at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Event Secretary’s address after which time entries cannot be accepted, canceled, or substituted, except as provided for in Chapter 11, Section 6 of the AKC Rules Applying to Dog Shows. 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…