Upcoming Events

FREE Canine Body Language Workshop
Humans only for this workshop! Wednesday, September 12 @ 8:00pm

Canine Gym Class
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6p

The combination of both – brain and body exercise – is what will help you have a well-balanced relationship with your 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**

Puppy Play Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month 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.

Lesson Sheet Library

When I was a kid, the only thing I loved more than training my dog was reading about dogs, which meant I spent a LOT of time at the library.

Recently, I’ve been less than thrilled with our system of getting lesson sheets to our students. Why should you have to wait 24 hours to get them? What if they went to your spam folder? Or we had the wrong email address? Or…..what if you wanted to read ahead on some topic without having to email us for the sheet, and then wait to receive it?

That’s why we’ve been hard at work creating TWO online Lesson Sheet Libraries. One for Puppy students and one for Beginners. You can click the button below to create an account, and then log in to access the sheets!

And our Facebook Class Notes group will be where we post (daily) the lessons of each and every class. We hope you enjoy the new library, and look forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions.

Happy Training! – Kathy

Pet Desk


You can request a Fast Track day, time, and even include notes on what you’d like us to work on.

You’ll also receive reminders about your upcoming bookings. The app is available on Apple and Android phones.

Our code is 1298! 

If you’re not an “app” person, don’t worry! You can still request reservations via phone or email.


Please DO NOT let your dog relieve him/herself on the shopping center pillars.

THANK YOU for your cooperation! 


Dogs are attracted to grills because they smell like (all together now…) MEAT! Vegetarians are not exempt from this issue – your grilled zucchini and pineapple smell pretty great to dogs, too!
Every summer, a large number of dogs have been seriously burned by jumping up and touching the hot cooking surface with their face and their paws. To prevent this, you either have to tell your dog do a “sit and stay” or “place” while you’re flipping burgers, or keep him confined to a place (inside or out) where he can’t get to the grill at all. Even after the food is gone and the party’s over, dogs are still attracted to the drippings that may be around the still­ hot grill, so be sure your clean­up is impeccable!
Some dogs love to swim in the pool, others are afraid of it. In either case, you have to teach your dog how to exit the pool in case they fall in. I know, I know, you have a fenced­ in enclosure so your dog will never be able to access the pool, but the
definition of an accident is something you don’t expect to have happen! Therefore, a little training now can prevent a tragedy from occurring later. Your dog needs to learn how to get from the pool to the ladder or the stairs no matter what! Either by coaxing him in the pool using food or toys as a lure, or by having him follow another, experienced dog out of the water, being able to get to the ladder or stairs of your pool is a skill that may one day save your dog’s life.
Those of you who do allow your dogs access to the pool need to keep an eye on them, just as you would your children. You should also know that while they’re in the pool, dogs will ingest some of the water they swim in, and although they normally won’t pee in your pool (yay!), they sometimes have accidents in your house (sorry!). Giving them extra opportunities to use the “facilities” will prevent housebreaking accidents from happening.
A simple “down and stay” or “place” command assures your family and guests that the food they put on their plate won’t be taken by your dog! It also prevents the ever popular sharking around under the table, and drooling on people’s bare feet. Don’t forget to give your dog a really great (new!) toy to occupy him while you eat, and be sure he’s in a cool, shaded area if you’re outside.
 Or not. If you plan on taking your dog on a road trip this summer, please be sure that he or she has been on a few mini­ trips before you start your vacation. Many people make the mistake of bringing their dogs – who have only been to the vet’s office and maybe the groomer! – on a trip and expect them to behave as if they’re travel veterans. Whether you’re going away for a week to your neighbor’s house on the lake, or staying at a hotel for the weekend, bringing your dog to new places before you leave (a different friend’s house a few times a week, or a local hotel lobby that allows dogs) will help give your dog a taste of the world beyond his dog bed.
If you’re traveling with your dog, it should include a recent photo and a copy of his health certificate, listing all of his recent vaccinations. In the unlikely event that you become separated from your dog, you have all the information you need to have him returned home. Hopefully, it goes without saying that your dog should be wearing a collar embroidered with “REWARD” and your cell number on it. In addition, his ID tags
should be attached. If you’re planning on being away for more than a few days, consider purchasing an inexpensive 2nd pet ID tag with the location and phone number of your vacation spot. Those of you who have your dogs micro­chipped are ahead of the game!

Our friends over at PetHonesty have just launched a line of all-natural dog supplement chews that we’re excited to share with you! They’re available on Amazon.com and PetHonesty is offering our community a special coupon code/discount!

Through science-backed nutrition and the healing power of natural ingredients, these chews act like tasty treats for your dog and help improve their quality of life by treating common doggie ailments and issues! If your dog is struggling with stiff joints, an irritable stomach, poor digestion, diarrhea, dry/itchy skin, a dull coat or mobility issues we recommend these PetHonesty supplement treats to help alleviate symptoms and treat the core cause. These are U.S. made in a GMP-certified facility and come with a money-back guarantee.

 Use the following coupon codes for purchases to receive your exclusive discount:

Salmon Snacks: 4AQFM84K

Probiotic: HOJER2GO


Here are some of our favorite treat ideas that you can customize for your own dogs:

  • ICE CUBES!  When our dogs are either outside playing or just came inside, we love to give them ice cubes to play with to help keep them busy AND cool them down! Bonus points if you add some coconut oil and blueberries to create extra yummy ice cubes!
  • FROZEN KONGS! There are SO many different recipes you can use to create delicious frozen treats for your dog! This provides some mental stimulation as well to help tire them out on a hot day!
  •  PUPSICLES! Creating your own dog friendly popsicles is so much fun! You can use plain greek yogurt, bone broth, fruits, veggies, and even chunks of meat to make the tastiest treat for your pup!


Now your dog never has to miss a vet visit, grooming appointment, or day of playing and training at our school!
We have our own specialized transport vehicle equipped with crash tested RTK (Rough Tough Kennel) crates and Variocages! We offer transportation for current Kathy Santo Dog Training students!

Where will we transport your dog?
-To and from the school for a day of playing and training!
-To and from our Kathy Santo Pet-A-Groom for their grooming appointment
-*NEW* We are now offering Vet Visit Transports for current students!

For more information or a transport quote, please email KSDT.Transport@gmail.com with your address and we’ll email you a quote within 24 hours!


Acadia antlers

Acadia Antlers sells naturally shed moose antlers that my dogs LOVE. They come in enough sizes (and even flavors!), to keep even the most challenging chewer satisfied.

Acadia will even give you a 10% discount if you use the code KATHYSANTO at checkout! 

bergen organic

Organic family and pet-friendly solutions in North Jersey and Rockland County. Mention Kathy Santo Dog Training and sign up for a year of Poop Scoop service with Bergen Organic and receive 4 weeks of free service. No contract required, just a good faith commitment!


Mootugs are upcycled handmade dog toys that, after being washed and sanitized, are created from rubber tubes that were used to milk dairy cows! The dogs LOVE the unique cow scent of these tugs (we promise your house won’t smell like cows). Mootugs proudly donates a percentage of their sales to dog rescue organizations. Over the past few years they have been able to donate nearly $30,000 dollars!

We have an EXCLUSIVE discount just for our students and readers for 15% off when you use the code KATHYSANTO at checkout!

Join our 'Student Only' Facebook Group!

Come join us in our “Student Only” group! The focus will be discussing dog training and the methodology posted by Kathy Santo and her Kathy Santo Dog Training Team. We’ll be doing daily and weekly dog training challenges, posting our videos to show you cool training ideas, and we’re ALWAYS here for you to answer whatever questions you may have!


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 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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