Upcoming Events

1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm.

The combination of both – brain and body exercise – is what will help you have a well-balanced relationship with your (TIRED) dog.

**You’re welcome to join this class if you’re currently enrolled with us in a Beginner II level obedience class and above, or have your instructor’s permission. Canine Gym counts as one class out of your package**

RSVP By Emailing: ksdt.caninegym@gmail.com

Thursday, April 4 from 6p-7p!



This SPECIAL class is for PUPPY AND BEGINNER DOGS who want to come learn the basic skills needed to participate in our Canine Gym classes….and go home as one TIRED dog!

In this class, we will be covering: Paws Up, Pivoting, and Back Up.

*This class counts as 1 class out of your package*

2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 6p-6:45p!

You’ll learn the difference between good play, not so good play, and all the steps in between.

All puppies under 5 months old are welcome. Fee $25. Current Students Only.



Please email Stef to reserve your spot: 


What Is Covered In These Classes?

These are our foundational skills classes. In lieu of one of your regular classes, we’d like you to come to one of these to get you started on the right ‘paw’.

We will cover: Emergency Recall, Zen Treat, Collar Grab, Blocking, It’s Your Choice, and Q&A

Do I Have To Attend A “101” Class? 

We encourage students to attend if:
-They’re new to our school
-They don’t know these specific skills: Emergency recall, blocking, zen treat, collar grab, it’s your choice.
-They have behavior or management questions.

You DON’T need to attend if you’ve been in classes (or have done 1-1 sessions/FastTrack) and you/your puppy/dog already has the skills taught.


*This class will count as one out of your class package*

Saturday, April 13th from 11a-12p

Friday, April 26th from 11a-12p

Kathy Will Be Hosting A Canine Nutrition Seminar!


*This workshop counts as one class out of your package*

Please RSVP by emailing ksdt.katy@gmail.com

Therapy Dog Information Session

*Humans Only* Free informational session about our Therapy Dog Program! 

Tuesday, April 30, 6p-7p

Please email ksdt.katy@gmail.com to register!

Tulips, Forsythias, And Skunks, Oh My!

The warmer weather of spring brings about beautiful changes: emerging flowers, buds on trees, and, yes, skunks.

Whether your dog is a victim of his curiosity, or decides to chase the intruder off your property, the chances of him getting sprayed are highly likely.

Since we get frequent calls about how to clean a skunked dog, below is our favorite shampoo recipe, along with step by step instructions to help your dog AND your house smell better.

What you’ll need:
A fresh, unopened bottle of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (at least 2 quarts – more for larger dogs)
• Baking soda (a fresh box, not one that’s been in the freezer for a month!)
• Dishwashing detergent (Dawn works best, which is why it’s used to clean animals contaminated after an ocean oil spill).
• Mineral Oil
• Eyedropper (the type used to give medicine to a baby)
• Saline solution (pure saline, not the kind with cleaning agents used for contacts)
• Empty soda bottle
• Latex Gloves
• Patience, patience, and more patience

What to do:
1. Limit the contamination: Skunk spray is an oil containing mercaptan, a very foul-smelling substance that is added to dangerous, odorless gases, so we notice them. Wetting your dog or allowing him in the house after he’s been sprayed increases the risk of spreading the nightmare. Have someone stay with your dog outside, or move his crate to the yard (or in the garage) while you prepare what you’ll need. As for you, this is the point I would “glove up” and get into some old clothes that you won’t mind parting with (forever) later…

2. Protect the eyes, nose, and mouth: Flush the eyes with saline for several seconds and then use an eye dropper to put the mineral oil directly into the eye.  This will not only have a soothing effect, it will also protect the eyes from the skunk-removing mixture. For the nose and mouth, wipe the, with a paper towel or cotton ball soaked in saline.

3. Absorb the oil: Using paper towels press them against the dog’s fur to dog remove as much oil as possible. Be careful not to use just one piece and rub it all over, as it will spread the oil. This step will also help you discover what areas have the most damage so you can be sure to use extra solution in that area. Notice that I said “paper” and not “bath” towels. That’s because if you use a bath towel, you can pretty much kiss goodbye ever using it on anything you value. There’s a slim chance of recovery if you wash it (and any other clothing/fabric that made contact with your skunked dog) with vinegar and baking soda.

4. Mix the ingredients in the empty bottle

• 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (new, unopened bottle)
• ¼  cup of baking soda
• 1-2 teaspoons of liquid soap (most people use Dawn)

This bottle must stay open throughout the process, because if you put the cap on it, there’s a strong probability that an explosion will occur!

5. Apply: Most dogs get sprayed in the face, and applying the mixture with cotton balls work well, especially around the eyes.

6. Allow the solution to soak in for 5 minutes, then rinse well, and follow with a regular shampoo.

7. Don’t forget to soak your dog’s collar in the solution as well. 

8. When you’re done, pour whatever’s left of the solution down the drain.

Now that you’ve completed the hardest part, you can focus on making your house smell better. Vanilla candles and bowls of white vinegar in the house will help dissipate the odor. You can also soak cotton balls with vanilla extract and place them around the house (obviously where your dog can’t reach them unless you want “vet visit” added to your list of ‘Things I Have To Do That I Never Planned On Doing” today!)

If all of that sounds like way more than you’d like to handle, call our grooming shop – Kathy Santo’s Pet-A-Groom.  They have lots of experience making even the “skunkiest” dog smell as fresh as a daisy! 201-818-2554

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One of our friends started a pet product ambassador/testing club. It’s actually pretty cool—they send you products to test for free, and you get to keep them—just for giving your feedback! What’s the catch? You have to love dogs, and you have to be an honest person 🙂 A lot of the products are worth $25 or more, and current participants are really enjoying it!

If you’re interested, they’re running the group in Facebook Messenger—here’s the sign-up:

Kathy Santo's Pet-A-Groom

Did you know? We have our own FULL SERVICE grooming shop right next door to our dog training school!

The trainers at the dog school regularly accompany our student’s dogs to the shop to help them relax during their grooming experience.

We also take our FastTrack dogs there when requested, and do training sessions to teach them to how to calmly stand on the table, have their nails done, and allow their body to be handled, even when there’s lots of sounds going on from the clippers and dryers! We like to say that our student’s dogs learn to be the best grooming clients!

Our Services

Group Classes

We have over 40+ classes each week including Puppy, Beginner I and II Obedience, Intermediate Obedience, Advanced (off leash) Obedience, a Therapy Dog Program, Canine Gym classes, and Nosework.

Private Lessons

Each private session is designed to meet your individual goals. We’ll spend the lesson focused on what you want to teach and what problems you want solved.

FastTrack Training

No time to train your dog yourself? Our popular Fast Track program allows you to drop your dogs off at the school for a day of playing and training.


This program is designed to make faster progress with training, enrich your dog’s social skills, and provide an outlet for his excess energy in a safe and supervised environment.


For current students we have boarding options available. Please email Stef for more details @ ksdt.stef@gmail.com


For a transport quote please email KSDT.Transport@gmail.com with your address and we will email you a quote within 24hrs!

Learn More About Our Services!

questions? email ksdt.stef@gmail.com


Kathy Santo has spent her entire career as a dog trainer and handler, training dogs and winning over 500 obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizenship titles. Working with her own dogs, she has achieved every competitive obedience title the American Kennel Club (AKC) has offered and earned the prestigious AKC “Obedience Trial Champion” title (OTCh) multiple times.

In Waldwick, Kathy teaches classes, private lessons, and oversees the training of her student’s dogs using her extensive knowledge, experience and intuition to handle problems from the benign to the serious. Her engaging personality has won her the respect and friendship of her many students, who now consider themselves part of her extended family.

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