Group Classes

Our group classes are where you’ll learn how to teach your dog reliable commands, as well as basic, foundation life skills.

And, you’ll both have fun, we PROMISE!
Tens of thousands of students have graduated from our programs with happy and reliably-trained dogs, using our unique method that’s individually tailored to each unique dog and owner team. No two dogs (or owners) are alike, and we know it!

Private Training

Either at your home, or in our school, we’ll structure each lesson to target your specific goals.
Whether it’s teaching your puppy or dog commands, manners, or solving behavior problems you need him to “unlearn”, a private lesson allows our trainers to focus on just you (and anyone you’d like to bring with you) and your dog!
Plus, at the end of each session, you’ll receive a personalized, achievable homework plan – complete with printable resources – created specifically for you, your family, your dog, and your specific goals!

Intensive Board & Train

We know that it can be challenging to find the time to train your puppy or dog! Work schedules and family commitments often take precedence over “train the dog”.  

That’s why we remind our students that even when you’re not training, your dog is still learning
Sometimes…. it’s what you want him to learn.  
Most times, it’s not.
And that’s why we offer an Intensive Board and Train option! 
Whether you’re a current or new student, it’s a great way to jump-start your dog’s training, because…..well……we’re dog training experts! So your dog will learn faster when we do the work!
Your puppy (or dog) will spend all day with us at school playing, training, and going on training field trips. Then he’ll have a sleepover at one of our trainer’s homes. That means that training will occur at school as well as in a home and outdoor environment, for maximum transfer to your life!

Kathy Santo Dog Training Student-Only Services

In order to be eligible to participate in our awesome student-only services like PlayCare, FastTrack, Boarding, DogWalk+, and Transports, you and your dog must be "actively training" with us.

**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!**


We don’t like to brag, but we have to! We have OVER THREE DECADES of dog training experience, which sets us apart from other training and daycare programs! We’ve given our team extensive training and the know-how to keep your dog happy, safe, and having the most fun ever! We’re dog-loving, dog-educated professionals.

FastTrack Training

Designed to accelerate your dog’s training progress by working one on one with our professional trainers, enrich his social skills, and provide an outlet for his excess energy in a safe and supervised environment, our FastTrack program is so effective, that EVERYONE wants to sign up!


Whether you need to board for an overnight stay, or for the weekend, a holiday, or extended care, your dog will spend their days enjoying supervised open play with friends, and their nights enjoying a restful sleep at a team member's home. Dogs boarding with us will have fun burning off excess energy during a full day of play with their PlayCare friends.


As another perk for our current students, we offer a taxi/transportation service to and from school, our groomer, and to vet appointments! Our specialized transport vehicle is equipped with crash tested Rough Tough Kennels and Variocages. We treat each and every dog in our care like they’re our own, which is why we transport them the way we would want for OUR dogs.


The same intensively-trained, reliable and professional PlayCare team that you’ve come to rely on for the care of your dog will be walking your dog. And that means, whatever comes their way during a walk, they already know how to handle it. Because we know firsthand that just “loving dogs” isn’t enough when it comes to working with and walking them.

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We're Here for you AND your dog...

Once you purchase a group class package AND you attend your first class, your dog can join in on our super fun student-only services!

In order to remain eligible to participate in PlayCare or Boardingyou must continue to come to group classes, private lessons, or have your dog attend FastTrack to make sure we are continuing to progress your dog’s training!

We do this because we ONLY take dogs into our student-only PlayCare program who train with us, so we know who they are, and who would be their ideal friends! That’s how we ensure safe and fun playtime for every dog, no matter their personality! 


Most dogs WANT to be social. The problem is that not all of them know how to start that conversation with other dogs… OR, sometimes they don’t have appropriate, perfectly matched friends. Add in the fact that owners don’t always know what proper play looks like, and you have a recipe for “the playdate from ____!”

That won’t happen here!

We’ll show your puppy, or dog how to make friends, how to KEEP friends, and when they’re ready for a break, we’ll respond to their request and get them the space they need because we know them from training classes or private lessons!

I get it. I’ve been there. You’re not alone, and actually, I’d say you’re in the majority of my students when they start training with me. But I’m going to show you how to incorporate ‘train the dog’ into interactions you’re ALREADY HAVING with your dog, so you don’t need to spend loads of extra time doing it. 

We start training puppies at 8 weeks of age. We know, as do service dog organizations, that puppies at that age are SPONGES and can pick up so much training, super fast. On the other hand, even if you’re not intentionally training your puppy, he IS learning, so you want to make sure that what he’s getting proficient at is what you’d like him to do for life. “Sit” and “Come” are preferable to jumping up on people and chewing on your couch.

Old dogs CAN learn new tricks. And so can their owners! Even dogs in the double digits can learn new behaviors (and learn to stop the old, annoying ones).

Yes, he is, but yes he does need training. “Small and cute” won’t help when your dog is running towards the road and won’t come when you call him. And when you break a glass in the kitchen, even though he’s cute, he needs to be able to “Sit Stay” while you clean it up.

That’s a HUGE reason to start training him. For starters, you need life saving commands to save his life in case he darts into the road, or spooks and runs away from you. Next, the process of training will build his confidence and your relationship. Every day, I see cautious dogs become more confident and less stressed as they and their owner go through training together.

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