Attention DOTC Members and Friends… 

November 9, 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. 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

Deborah Malone, Trial Secretary
18823 Falls Road
Hampstead, MD 21074

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


  • 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


  • 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   |   

Gail Phillips, DOTC President

Please remember DOTC Accepts ALL dog breeds…