UPCOMING EVENTS

Canine Body Language Workshop

Thursday January 23rd at 8:00pm

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: 

events@kathysanto.com

Canine Gym Class

Tuesday January 7th at 6:00pm
Tuesday January 21st at 6:00pm

New Weekly Canine Gym Class Added To Our Class Schedule.

Class is every Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 2:00 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**

Please RSVP By Emailing: 

ksdt.caninegym@gmail.com

Canine Gym Beginner Skills Class

Thursday January 16th at 5:00pm 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*

Please RSVP By Emailing:  

ksdt.caninegym@gmail.com

Puppy Play Group

Tuesday January 14th at 5:00pm
Tuesday January 28th at 5:00pm

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.

Please RSVP By Emailing:

events@kathysanto.com

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PlayCare Events

“Puppy” New Year everyone! 🐶🎩🍾

We’re kicking off the new decade by launching monthly “Special Event” days for dogs in our student-only PlayCare program! ♥️

In addition, we’ll be including surprise “pop-up” enrichment days! That’s when your puppy or dog will experience new, super fun (and tiring!) enrichment games.

And while these pop-up events won’t be listed on the monthly PlayCare events calendar, we’ll be sure to post pictures of the fun for you to share and enjoy.

The genius behind these ideas comes from our team, who on a seemingly hourly basis suggest new ideas to make your dog’s day with us more fun and exciting!

We can’t think of a better event to start 2020 off than with some ‘bubbly’. So on January 10th we’re having a BUBBLE DAY!

We’ll be popping the cork on dog-safe, non-toxic, bacon-flavored bubbles for PlayCare pups to enjoy catching and popping.

On January 14th, we’re going to throw the ULTIMATE DOG PIZZA PARTY 🍕!!! We’ll be serving our homemade cheesy-bacon, gluten-free pizza hors d’oeuvre to celebrate. (Dogs with special dietary need, allergies or sensitive tummies can request a ‘Sensitive Tummy’ version.)

But if your dog’s new year’s resolution doesn’t include pizza, don’t worry!

We’ll be ‘serving’ pizza toys for everyone to play with.

NOTE: Have a special snack that you’d like your dog to have on that day? Or one you’d like to share with your dog’s playgroup peeps? We’re happy to serve them! If they’re homemade, please provide us with a list of ingredients 😇.

To end the first month of the decade with a bang, we’ve decided to have another PAJAMA PARTY 🐑😴 on Jan. 30, 2020 for both dogs and humans!!!

Similar to our PJ party in December, be sure to have your dog bring their favorite, cuddly ‘jammies’ or bandanas!

Don’t have pajamas? No worries, we’ve got you covered there too!!! We’ll have extra on hand for anyone who needs them! (Just mention it to the front desk and we’ll pass on the word to our amazing PlayCare staff!) 

Free Puppy Training Seminar

Thursday January 16th at 8:00pm

We know how frustrating it can be when all you want is a loving, four-legged family member that listens to you. Everyone wants a stress- and drama-free life with their dog!

And luckily for you, we have the solution!

At our school we’ve “perfected” the art of training dogs.

Our 30+ YEARS of hands-on experience, successfully teaching THOUSANDS of dog owners how to create a dog they can be PROUD of means that we can help YOU, too!

We’d love for you to attend our FREE puppy seminar, and discover how our proven methods can help YOU create a well-behaved, drama-free puppy! ❤️🐶

Our free seminar will cover:

  • Set your puppy up for success. How NOT to create problems that you’ll need us to fix LATER!
  • Housebreaking, crating, and confinement.
  • Behavior Issues Demystified: Jumping, biting, stealing, guarding, etc.
  • Socialization: What is it? How much is too much or not enough?
  • How to train your puppy without adding any extra time to your already full schedule!
  • Q&A

*The first 3 people to sign up may bring their puppies to be trained during the seminar!*

For humans only. Space Limited. Registration required.

Please Register By Emailing:

events@kathysanto.com

or text us at 201-512-8316

Therapy Dog Information Session

Thursday January 23rd at 6:00pm

*Humans Only* Free informational session about our Therapy Dog Program! 

Please Register By Emailing:

events@kathysanto.com

Nutrition Workshop

Thursday November 21st at 6:00 PM.

Kathy will be hosting this workshop!

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

Please Register By Emailing:

events@kathysanto.com

Grooming Workshop

Thursday January 23rd 7:00pm

  • Do you have a poodle, or doodle, or long-coated dog that needs to be brushed?
  • Did you think you knew how to brush a dog… until the last time he was at the groomers and they had to “shave him down” because he was so matted?
  • Are your dog’s nails so long that you wore jeans all summer to prevent having your legs scratched to bits?

We understand and we can help!
Stacey isn’t just a dog trainer, she’s also a dog GROOMER, and will teach you all the tips and tricks to make grooming your dog a pleasure instead of an event you dread.

You’ll learn:

  • How to choose the correct brush and comb for your dog
  • Proper brushing and combing techniques to prevent matting
  • Which coat sprays are the best

She’ll also answer your questions about your specific dog and his or her coat type.
So whether you’re a dog grooming DIYer, or you take your dog to the groomer every 6 weeks and do maintenance in between visits, this seminar will teach you critical pieces of the grooming puzzle that you need to know.

Bring all of your brushes, combs and products as well as a variety of high value treats.

*This workshop counts as a class out of your package.*
Space is limited, to register please email: events@kathysanto.com

Dog Park Class

The perfect combination of training and play time!

Friday January 24th 6:00 – 8:00pm

Registration is required, and groups will be formed based on dog’s size and play style to ensure the best social climate for the dogs.

You’ll be emailed your start time when you sign up. Each class will be one hour between 6-9 PM, and count as a class out of your package.

Please put ADULT DOG PLAYGROUPS in the subject line.

Prerequisites: Social dogs, who have trained a basic “here” and “place” command (can be beginner level).

Curriculum: WARM UP (aka ‘Cocktail Hour’): The beginning of class will be a review of “Place” and “Here” commands – two vitally important skills for a fun and successful playgroup.

The ability to call your dog away from play as well as have him calmly watch without participating (and barking, lunging, and breaking a command) is not only a measurement of his abilities, helps control the ‘vibe’, creating a safe and conflict-free play session.

PLAY TIME: This is where the party gets started!

The goal is to have multiple play sessions for each dog, with different combinations of playmates (always size-appropriate!) in order to help increase their social skills.

In addition, we’ll teach YOU the signals of ‘good play’, ‘not-so-good play’, and how to interpret dog body language so you know what’s about to happen, and answer all your questions.

COOL DOWN: The last few minutes of class will be spent doing some basic, on-leash sequences of commands. This helps you and your dog reconnect, and ends the session with you both working as a team.

*This workshop counts as a class out of your package.*
Space is limited, to register please email: events@kathysanto.com
  

Tricks Workshop

Tuesday November 12th 8:00 PM

Stacey will be hosting this workshop!

Teaching your dog tricks is a great way to improve your training techniques, AND continue to build a great relationship with your dog. It’s also fun to have some tricks to show off to your friends and family!

Make sure your dog is hungry and ready to train! You can bring their favorite toy to use as a reward as well!

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

Please Register By Emailing:

events@kathysanto.com

Rally Fun Workshop

Friday November 15th 8:00 PM

Stacey will be hosting this workshop!

Come join us to learn a new way to practice the skills your dog already knows and learn new ones as well. 

Rally Obedience is a fun and challenging way to practice skills/commands that your dog knows using a timed ‘course’.

We’ll set up a route of 8 – 10 signs that describe which skill to perform. Each team moves through the sequence at their own pace, and will have the opportunity to make improvements (and challenges!) as they go. 

For more information check out the American Kennel Club website: https://www.akc.org/sports/rally/ 

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

Email Us To Sign Up Or Ask Questions At:

events@kathysanto.com

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“Since I’ve lived in the northeast the majority of my life (except for a short stint in Florida), I know what it takes to winterize every member of my family!”

“Our house renovations included adding a stairway, and my dog is terrified of it. She refuses to walk up or down them, so we have to carry her. Should we just put her on a leash and just force her to do it?”

Student's Question:

“I just bought my dog her first winter coat and boots, but when I put them on her, she won’t move. How do I get her to love her new gear?”

Kathy's Answer:

Ah yes, the dog clothing drama. Although wearing the newest Canada Goose coat or Ugg boots is thrilling to you, your dog is, well, a dog. Sorry. They’ve gotten on just fine with the coat they arrived in, and the same goes for their footwear.

However, like it or not, there is a need for some dogs to have foot protection and added warmth, so in an effort to reduce the stress of your dog (and the number of videos of dogs on YouTube trying to dislodge themselves from their new boots), you need to do some training to teach your dog how much fun it can be to wear clothes.

You’ve heard of leash barking and housebreaking (although I detest the word “breaking”), so it makes sense that there needs to be some type of training associated with a concept as foreign to a dog as wearing clothes. My suggestion is to start by first teaching your dog to tolerate basic body handling – a MUST for every dog, whether they’re destined for clothes or not.

Your dog will need to be handled by at least their veterinarian, and if he’s upset or fearful, the visit is likely to go on far longer, and with more upsetting results. Besides you’ll be happy you did this when your vet hands you ear drop for your dog that you have to administer “twice a day for a week”. Imagine the drama if you hadn’t done the work beforehand!

After he’s cool with being handled, start his “clothes” training with an oversized t-shirt (use a child’s size for small dogs), which will be easier and less upsetting for him to put his head and legs through than a tight sweater. Once your dog is comfortable, then practice using the coat you’ve bought him, worn in short intervals if he’s particularly nervous.

Fit and comfort is everything (just as with people), so be sure you’ve bought him something that doesn’t rub or chafe him. Initially, boots should be put on your dog not at the beginning of the walk, but on the way back, which will capitalize on their desire to go home.

Of course, fabulous food rewards (my dogs will do anything for a jar of chicken baby food!) must be used to motivate your dog to play these games. and of those of you shaking your heads at the idea of doggie dress-ups, let me assure you that there is a payoff (beyond comfort) in this exercise.

All the handling, attention, and rewards will ultimately make the dogs more accepting of contact that they may not be so fond of initially, such as the vet holding his head still to look into his ear, or picking up a foot to check his pads.

Dressing your dog, whether for comfort or just for “dress up”, when taught correctly, strengthens the relationship between you and your best (dressed) friend.

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 fast track 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 Fast Track program in the last two weeks. Questions? Email our general manager at stef@kathysanto.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 stef@kathysanto.com

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Kathy Santo's Pet-A-Groom

Did You Know: We have our own FULL-SERVICE grooming shop located at 25 N Spruce Street.

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 stef@kathysanto.com

Boarding

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

Transport

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

Transport

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

Learn More About Our Services!

questions? email stef@kathysanto.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.

Kathy

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