Upcoming Events

FREE Body Language Workshop
Humans only for this workshop! Wednesday, June 13 @ 8:00 PM

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 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.

Summer Board + Train Program

From the casual sleepover to a multi-day visit (or longer!), we provide our student’s dogs with an exciting and enriching experience!

During their stay, our dog ‘guests’ spend the day at school in our fun and professionally supervised Playcare Program, go on long walks, take naps, and work with our trainers to achieve the goals on your training wish list.

At night, they go to our team member’s homes, because we believe that a home setting, supervised by our dog care specialists, is the best setting for dogs vs a kennel environment.

Spots are limited, book your dog’s stay with us today! 

Collar Safety Policy Reminder

As of May 31st we’re now requiring ALL playcare dogs to be wearing a martingale collar, IN ADDITION to their normal collars, when they’re in our facility/in our care.

Every day, dogs are brought in on loose fitting collars that they could easily back out of, and we don’t want that to happen to you in the parking lot, or us when we take them out on a walk. We love your dogs as if they were ours, and we pride ourselves in putting the dog’s safety above all else!

If you don’t have a martingale already, we sell them at the school for $15. You can click here to pre-pay for your martingale and pick it up at the school! Let us know if you’d like us to set your dog up with one and we’re happy to do it.

If you’d rather provide your own martingale collar, please make sure it’s ON your dog as you come in for play care. This includes dogs who wear prong collars or harnesses, because for safety reasons, we don’t let any dog wear those while in a crate, an exercise pen, or while in play groups.

Any dog not wearing a martingale collar will be fitted for one, and your account will be charged $15.00.

***The new Collar Safety Policy goes into effect on May 31st***

If you have questions about this, please email Stef at ksdt.stef@gmail.com

If you would like to purchase your own martingale here are a few of our favorites, as well an option if you want to pre-pay for a martingale from the school:

Class Package Price Increase

Over the past 8 years, we’ve grown so much, and our enthusiasm for improving what we do has never been stronger. 

We’re working (at this very minute) to bring you even more exciting options to help you have the dog you’ve always wanted, *and* have more fun than you thought was possible in the process!

As exciting as our progress is, we’re also managing higher operating expenses for facilities, hiring new and well-trained team members, and purchasing new equipment.

Because of that, we’re going to *minimally* increase the class package price to allow us to continue to offer you all of our amazing programs, as well as help us expand even more. We’re committed to creating the most cutting edge and innovative programs possible for you and your dogs. To that point, we have some surprises in store for you starting this fall!

This price increase is small ($5 per class), and will go into effect on June 1st. Class packs will now be $270 for 6 classes and the Student Starter Package will be $290. ALL other prices will remain the same.

Each and every day you and your dogs inspire us, and we’re extremely committed to our mission of providing you and your dog with excellence in everything we do.

If you have any questions, please email  ksdt.stef@gmail.com


Now your dog never has to miss a vet visit, grooming appointment, or day of playing and training at our school!
We have our own specialized transport vehicle equipped with crash tested RTK (Rough Tough Kennel) crates and Variocages! We offer transportation for current Kathy Santo Dog Training students!
Where will we transport your dog?
-To and from the school for a day of playing and training!
-To and from our Kathy Santo Pet-A-Groom for their grooming appointment
-*NEW* We are now offering Vet Visit Transports for current students!

For more information or a transport quote, please email KSDT.Transport@gmail.com with your address and we’ll email you a quote within 24 hours!


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!

Join our 'Student Only' Facebook Group!

Come join us in our “Student Only” group! The focus will be discussing dog training and the methodology posted by Kathy Santo and her Kathy Santo Dog Training Team. We’ll be doing daily and weekly dog training challenges, posting our videos to show you cool training ideas, and we’re ALWAYS here for you to answer whatever questions you may have!

Join our 'Dog Training' Group!

Invite your friends and family into our dog training group so that even if they aren’t students of the school, they can still get our awesome training ideas and strategies! They’ll also get access and updates to the waitlist for our world wide launch of our Good Dog online dog training course! 


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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