UPCOMING EVENTS

Canine Body Language Workshop

This FREE workshop is for humans only–bring the whole family!

For humans to effectively communicate, we’ve devised an immense vocabulary, but dogs are limited to ‘words’ formed by their body parts. Because of this, the dog must re use “words” and depend on context and combination to form his “sentence”. Understanding what your dog is saying is extremely important to prevent bites, fights, and miscommunications between dogs and humans, and dogs and dogs.

Please RSVP by emailing: ksdt.katy@gmail.com

Wednesday August 14th at 8:00 PM.

Canine Gym Class

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

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

Canine Gym Beginner Skills Class

Thursday June 27th at 6:00 PM with Lauren & Nancy!

Limited Spots Available!

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 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*

RSVP By Emailing: 

ksdt.caninegym@gmail.com

Puppy Play Group

2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:00 – 6:45 PM!

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.

RSVP: BY EMAILING KSDT.KATY@GMAIL.COM

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  • Is the painful biting and mouthing, the endless ‘accidents’, and the annoying jumping up on everyone wearing you down?
  • Have your tried the suggestions of well-meaning friends and family, but nothing seems to work? (yelling “OUCH!” when the puppy nipped you sounded like a good idea but it didn’t help at all, did it?)
  • Do you ever wonder why you thought getting a puppy was a good idea?
  • And then do you remember it wasn’t your idea?
  • Have you ever said to yourself (or out loud) “I didn’t sign up for this!”?

We understand. And we can HELP!

Our Puppy Power Pack consists of three private one-hour lessons that are designed to help demystify your puppies behavior, and give you easy, effective, time-tested solutions that actually WORK!

Or Text Us "Puppy Power" for more information or to sign up for your first Puppy Power Lesson!

Intensive Board And Train

Are you looking to ‘fast track’ your dogs learning, but just don’t have the time to devote to training him yourself?

Is your dog too: energetic, hyper, strong, fast, etc. for you to train?

Or, maybe you just want a professional who’s been doing this for decades to train your dog properly. And quickly!

We have the answer:

Kathy Santo Dog Training's Intensive Board And Train Program

For All Breeds and Ages!

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Leave It and Recalls Workshop With Trainer Nikki

Thursday August 8th at 7:00 PM.

Getting your “Leave It” command ready for any situation + easy solutions for creating reliable recalls.

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

To register please email: 

KSDT.NIKKI@gmail.com

DOG SENSE PODCAST

In this episode Kathy and Sarah discuss her top ten tips, and why they are so important!

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This is one of the most COMMON questions we’re asked by students at my school and online, so I wanted you all to know the answer in case you’ve also wondered!

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The subject of dog parks can spark heated debates amongst dog owners.

Some believe all dogs should be allowed to run free in the parks, and that they’ll naturally “sort out their differences” on their own, without the need for human intervention. Others (and the majority of this group probably consists of dog trainers and behaviorists) believe that with the correct combination of dog personalities and owner management, dog parks can generally be a safe place for educated owners to let specific types of dogs exercise and play. I’ve had many students who went to dog parks and had the experience end traumatically for them and their dogs. The success stories all have the advantage of having been training with me before going to the dog parks, while the first group came to train with me afterwards. Here’s the advice that I give everyone so that they can make an educated decision on whether or not a dog park is right for them and their dog:

You Know That Party Where Everyone Drinks Too Much...?

Well, that can happen (in a canine sense) at the dog park. It could be lots of fun and laughs, or it could be a disaster. These are my tried and true suggestions on the best ways to keep yourself and your dog safe while you’re having fun:

The Dog Who Should Never Go There

This is a hard fact for some owners to swallow, but some dogs aren’t dog park material. If you have a defensive dog, a dog who resource guards, or a shy or fearful dog, then you should steer clear of the parks. That’s not to say that you can’t find a few like-minded dogs and have your own playgroup at someone’s fenced yard, but do realize that a dog park is not right for every dog.

The Owner Who Should Never Go There (with their dog)

Do you need to answer some texts or emails? Do you want to catch up with your friend that you haven’t seen in years? Do you just want to drink a latte and gaze at cloud formations? Then you definitely should go to your local coffee house, and do any or all of those things without your dog. Owners who take their dogs to dog parks and are engrossed in everything but their dog’s interactions are putting their (and other’s) dog at risk. Behavior and intent can change in seconds, and if you don’t see the signs, you’ll miss the opportunity to redirect their attention away from a potential fight. When I’m running a dog play group at my school, I tell owners that they should be watching the dogs the same way a lifeguard watches a pool with kids in it: Intently.

The Other Owner Who Should Never Go There (with a dog)

Do you think that whenever a dog’s tail is wagging that it’s happy? Do you think that a dog whose body is quiet and still is having a good time? Would you know when to interrupt two dogs who were sniffing each other to prevent a fight? If you don’t know these answers, then find a dog trainer (or club) that presents seminars on how to correctly interpret canine body language. After all, it is the native language of dogs, and not understanding it is akin to living with someone who speaks a language that you don’t.

What The Owner Who Should Go, MUST Know Before Going There...

So you and your dog are going to make a trip to the dog park. You’ve read the above and have decided that you’re fluent in dog body language and behavior, and your dog is a good candidate for the experience. Great! Here’s a few more tips to remember before you go:

  1. Keep your phone with you, but don’t take any calls. Focus on your dog and give the experience your undivided attention.
  2. In case of an emergency – have a small air horn ready. If a fight occurs this is one way to break it up that doesn’t involve putting your hands on the dogs.
  3. After allowing your dog to play for 6 seconds, call him to “Come”. Did he? Great! Let him play and do it again after 15 seconds. Then 30, then a minute, then 3 minutes. If he’s coming to you every time, then he earns a longer play session. Sprinkle commands to him throughout the entire time so that you know that he’s still listening to you. A dog who ‘hangs up the phone’ and isn’t focused on his owner is unlikely to respond to an important command like Come or Stay that would potentially keep him out of trouble.
  4. Stop the party early. Overtired dogs are like overtired kids. They get cranky, and that’s when fuses get short. Better to leave the park when your dog is still responsive to you and wanting more, than when he’s over it and getting snarky with the others.
  5. Never allow a high-speed game of chase to begin. Although it looks like fun, games of chase can go really wrong, really quickly. The problem occurs because when other dogs join the chase, what started as a game can turn into a predatory attack due to overly high arousal levels.
  6. Make sure that what you’re watching is actually play. Sometimes owners mistake defensive, deflective responses for play. Not sure? Call your dog to you and then release him back to his game. If he was truly playing, he’ll re-engage the dog. If not, he was probably not having as good a time as you thought he was.

Although I personally would never take my dogs to a dog park (I have access to large fenced areas, and so many dog friends that I can create my own playgroup!), I understand that for some dog owners, it’s a legitimate source of exercise and play for a certain type of dog.

By utilizing common sense and being vigilant about your dog’s safety, the result can be a good experience for all involved.

Playcare eligibility

In order to be eligible to participate in our:

SUPER FUN & AWESOME
PLAYCARE PROGRAM

Students have to be actively training*  their dogs with us (in group classes, private lessons, or our FastTrack program) to ensure a safe and controlled environment.

*Actively Training Means: You and your dog have attended classes or a private lesson in the last two weeks -OR- your dog has participated in our FastTrack program in the last two weeks.



Questions? Email our general manager at ksdt.stef@gmail.com

In order to be eligible to participate in our: 

SUPER FUN & AWESOME PLAYCARE PROGRAM

Students have to be actively training* their dogs with us (in group classes, private lessons, or our fast track program) to ensure a safe and controlled environment

**ACTIVELY TRAINING MEAN: YOU AND YOUR DOG HAVE ATTENDED CLASSES OR A PRIVATE LESSON IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS -OR- YOUR DOG HAS PARTICIPATED IN OUR FAST TRACK PROGRAM IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS.

QUESTIONS? EMAIL OUR GENERAL MANAGER AT KSDT.STEF@GMAIL.com

35 Quick, Easy, and Healthy Recipes for stuffed food toys that will keep your puppy (or dog!) happy, busy, and tired! 

This is the no fuss, no mess, “You-Tried-Everything-Else-And-It-Didn’t-Work-Before” Quick Fix!

It doesn’t require you to be a chef.
It works for ALL dogs!
It has recipes with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

And it has been tested (and approved) by hundreds of dogs! 

Recipe Of The Month

Here’s a Memorial Day Weekend Themed Kong Recipe! 

Sliced Hot Dog
Handful of Cheese
Chopped up veggie of choice:  carrots, broccoli, spinach, etc!
Peanut butter to plug each end.

Then just put it in the freezer and let your dog enjoy!

 

 

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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 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.

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

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.

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.

Playcare

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.

Playcare

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.

Boarding

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

Boarding

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

Transport

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

Transport

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

Learn More About Our Services!

questions? email ksdt.stef@gmail.com

Kathy

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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