Meet Kathy Santo, Director and Trainer

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.

For the first ten years of her professional life, Kathy lived in Florida and created one of the most successful obedience schools in the state, offering basic behavior and competitive obedience training. She also developed a deep interest in using dogs for therapy, working with Treasure Coast Humane Society’s Pet Facilitated Therapy Program and helping create a Humane Education Program for the Martin County school system.  In her “spare” time, she competed and won nationally in AKC obedience trials and taught competitive obedience seminars and obedience training camps across the United States.

In Ramsey, 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.

Sharing her dog wisdom nationwide

In addition to being a trainer and renowned competitor, Kathy is an accomplished presenter and author.

In May of 2005, Knopf released her book, Kathy Santo’s Dog Sense. She was a contributing editor/columnist for House Beautiful magazine (“Ask The Dog Shrink”) and currently is a columnist for the American Kennel Club’s Family Dog magazine (“Training and Behavior”) as well as Good’s  “Dog Expert.”   She has been featured in Redbook magazine, Dog Fancy, and NY Dog, as well as national newspapers.

She was a regular guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has also appeared on the Today Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, CBS Early Show as well as various television shows across the U.S. during her national book tour. In addition, she was featured on Diane Rehm’s National Public Radio show and did many syndicated radio guest spots across the U.S.. Click here to see Kathy’s media page.


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