Upcoming Events

You can learn more + stay up to date on our events in our Student Only Facebook Group

FREE *Holiday Edition* Body Language WEBINAR 
We also have our Canine Body Language Webinar!

Canine Gym Class

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**

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.


Canine Gym Skills Class

Thursday, December 13, from 6:00p-7:00p!


This SPECIAL ONE-TIME class is for Puppy and Beginner dogs who want to come learn the basic skills needed to participate in our Canine Gym classes! 

We will cover Paws Up, Pivoting, and Back Up in this class.


Please email ksdt.caninegym@gmail.com to register

Learn More About Our Services!

questions? email ksdt.stef@gmail.com



“What’s Puppy 101 / Beginner 101? ”
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’.

Puppy 101 Covers: Emergency Recall, Zen Treat, Collar Grab, Blocking, It’s Your Choice, and Q&A dealing with questions about the unique challenges that puppies present.

Beginner 101 Covers:  Emergency Recall, Zen Treat, Collar Grab, Blocking, It’s Your Choice, and Q&A dealing with questions about the unique challenges that older puppies/adult dogs present.

What Is The Difference Between Puppy 101 And Beginner 101?
Only the Q&A will be different. The curriculum is exactly the same.

“Do I have to attend a “101” class?”
We encourage students to attend IF:

  1. They’re new to our school
  2. They don’t know these specific skills: Emergency recall; blocking; zen treat, collar grab, it’s your choice.
  3. 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.

Any Questions Please Email KSDT.Stef@gmail.com!

Gift Cards Can Be Purchased At The School!

Exclusive Deals For Our Students

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!

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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