UPCOMING EVENTS

Canine Body Language Workshop

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: ksdt.katy@gmail.com

Wednesday June 12th at 8:00 PM.

Canine Gym Class

1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00PM.

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**

RSVP By Emailing: 

ksdt.caninegym@gmail.com

Canine Gym Beginner Skills Class

Thursday June 27th at 6:00 PM 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*

RSVP By Emailing: 

ksdt.caninegym@gmail.com

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.

RSVP: BY EMAILING KSDT.KATY@GMAIL.COM

101 JumpStart Classes

SIGN UP IS REQUIRED!
Please email Stef to reserve your spot:
ksdt.stef@gmail.com

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’.

We will cover: Emergency Recall, Zen treat, Collar Grab, Blocking, It’s Your Choice, and Q&A.

We encourage students to attend if:
-They’re new to our school.
-They don’t know these basic skills: emergency recall, zen treat, collar grab, blocking, it’s your choice.
-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 dog/puppy already has the skills taught.

*This class will count as 1 out of your class package*

Saturday June 8th at 11:00 AM
Saturday June 22nd at 11:00 AM

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Place And Recall Workshop With Trainer Nikki

Thursday June 6th at 7:00 PM.

Getting your “place” command ready for any situation + easy solutions for creating reliable recalls.

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

To register please email: 

KSDT.NIKKI@gmail.com

DOG SENSE PODCAST

In this episode, Kathy and Sarah give tips and advice on how to use your dog’s food to train them

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Our dog has ruined countless screen doors. She/he scratches them and barks until we let her in the house. How can I stop this?

…For city dogs, that’s hardly the case.  Every walk has different experiences, different sounds, and different encounters.

When gearing up for a summer adventure, party, or hang-out, make sure you know how to keep your dog safe in these situations.

Grilling

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 face.

To prevent this, you either have to tell your dog to do a “sit and stay” or “place” while you’re flipping burgers, or keeping 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.

And Chilling!

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.

The basics are that your dog just 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.

Table Manners

A simple “down and stay” or “place” command insures that the food your family and guests put on their plate won’t be stolen by your dog! It also prevents the ever-popular ‘sharking’ around under the table, looking adorable, 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.

On The Road Again!

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 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 (even just to a 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.

What's In Your Wallet

If you’re travelling with your dog, it should include a recent photo and a copy of hist 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 still need to get your collar and tag game on, because without a scanner, the person who finds your dog has no way to immediately contact you until they go to a vet or animal shelter!

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 ksdt.stef@gmail.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 KSDT.STEF@GMAIL.com

CANINE GYM AT HOME

Our love of elevating our (and our student’s) dog’s fitness levels with treadmills is well known, but the “why” of it isn’t. Here’s a few of our top reasons…

35 Quick, Easy, and Healthy Recipes for stuffed food toys that will keep your puppy, or dog happy, busy, and tired! 

This is the no fuss, no mess, “You-Tried-Everything-Else-And-It-Didn’t-Work-Before” Quick Fix!

It doesn’t require you to be a chef.
It works for ALL dogs!
It has recipes with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

And it has been tested (and approved) by hundreds of dogs! 

Recipe Of The Month

Here’s a Memorial Day Weekend Themed Kong Recipe! 

Sliced Hot Dog
Handful of Cheese
Chopped up veggie of choice:  carrots, broccoli, spinach, etc!
Peanut butter to plug each end.

Then just put it in the freezer and let your dog enjoy!

 

 

Exclusive Deals For Our Students

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

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 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 ksdt.stef@gmail.com

Boarding

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

Transport

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

Transport

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

Learn More About Our Services!

questions? email ksdt.stef@gmail.com

Kathy

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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