UPCOMING EVENTS

Canine Body Language Seminar

Thursday March 12th at 8:00 PM.

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

1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month 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

Monday March 9th 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*

Please RSVP By Emailing:  

ksdt.caninegym@gmail.com

Puppy Play Group

2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 5:00 – 6:00 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.

Please RSVP By Emailing:

events@kathysanto.com

Best Of Bergen Winner

Thank you all for honoring the KSDT team by voting for us in the 201 Best of Bergen category ‘Best Pet Store or Service’! :ballot_box:

WE WON! :partying_face::blue_heart::green_heart:

We’re so grateful to our family of students, who every day entrust us to love, train, and play with their dogs as if they were our own.  :heart:  

We’re so excited to show you all the surprises we have planned in 2020 for you and your pups in our NEW 13,000 sq foot facility in Waldwick, NJ. :star_struck:

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PlayCare Events

St. Patty’s Day Bash:
When: Tuesday, March 17th, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

A St. Patty’s Day Bash is coming to PlayCare!

We’ll be hosting a “Green Bark Beer” tasting event for the dogs – don’t worry , there won’t be any alcohol involved!🤣😇 Our spinach-infused no-salt chicken broth is a simple, healthy, two-ingredient treat.🐔🍀

For dogs with sensitive tummies, we’ve got them covered. We’ll also have cute, plush Shamrock toys on the PlayCare floor, and an impromptu free photo booth session so everyone can get involved!

We need to know your dog will be attending, so reserve a PlayCare spot for Tuesday, March 17th by texting the word “PLAYCARE” to 201-512-8316 and filling out the form sent back to you!

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Pajama Day PlayCare Party
When: Thursday, March 26th, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

This event is for both humans and dogs!🐑😴🥳

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!)

And, as always, if your dog prefers to be ‘au natural’, we don’t mind! (Although we do require our human team members to be wearing SOMETHING….😇)

Reserve your dog’s spot in our PlayCare program for Thursday, March 26th  by texting us “PLAYCARE” to 201-512-8316 and filling out the form sent back to you!

March Kong Menu

Rally Class

Thursday, March 5th at 6:00 PM

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

Nutrition Workshop With Dr. Moore

Tuesday March 10th at 7:00 PM.

Kathy will be hosting this workshop with Dr. Moore from Bergen County Veterinary Center!

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

*Humans only*

Please Register By Emailing:

events@kathysanto.com

Puppy Fitness Class

Thursday March 12th 7:00 PM

We all know that a tired puppy is a good puppy, but what exercise can your puppy safely do? When can you walk, jog, or hike with your puppy?

Learn how to develop your puppy’s flexibility, balance, coordination (and bond!) with you in this workshop. We’ll teach you easy to learn exercises that, combined with our training program, will help create a well-mannered, well-balanced, and *TIRED* puppy.

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

Please Register By Emailing:

events@kathysanto.com

Therapy Dog Information Session

Thursday March 12th at 6:00 PM.

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

Please Register By Emailing:

events@kathysanto.com

Dog Park Class

The perfect combination of training and play time!

Friday March 13th 6:00 – 9:00pm

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 Dog Park Class 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

Nosework Class

Thursday March 26th 6:00 PM

Inspired by professional detection dogs, Nose Work is a fun activity and sport that builds on your dog’s instinctual desire to use his nose.

It’s SO easy to learn, can be done anywhere, and doesn’t require any specialized equipment. 

We’ll teach you how to read your dog’s behavioral and body changes while searching and following odor to its source.

Nose work is for all breeds, ages, and sizes, and is especially helpful for dogs who are shy or very energetic.

Student’s tell us they see major improvements in their dog’s behavior after teaching them nose work skills. 

*This class is for social dogs over 5 months, and counts as a class out of you package*

Want to register? Have questions?

Email us at: Events@KathySanto.com

Free Puppy Training Seminar

Thursday March 26th at 7:00pm

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

Agility For Fun Classes

Friday March 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Agility is a fun sport that tires out your dogs brain and body while also building a fun relationship.

In addition, your dog will gain confidence and body awareness as they learn to navigate the various obstacles with your guidance and cheerleading.

Social dogs over 5 months who have basic commands (can be Beginner level) are welcome to attend!

Registrations is required, and groups will be formed based on dogs skill level.

Each class will be one hour and held between 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

You’ll be emailed your start time when you sign up.

*This class counts as a class out of your class package.* 

If your not sure if this is a good match for your dog, ask your trainer, or email us!

Please Register By Emailing:

events@kathysanto.com

DOG SENSE PODCAST

One of the biggest challenges that dog owners face is structuring the days of their puppy.

In this episode, Kathy reveals her strategies to raising an amazing puppy without losing your life (or sanity!).

Whether this is your first, your fourth, or ‘you lost count’ puppy, there’s something in this podcast for everyone. 🐶

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“…How can I keep him on my property without a physical barrier?”

“I’m having my kitchen redone, and my Labrador isn’t handling the chaos well…”

One morning, as I waited for my teapot to boil, I checked my phone and saw a frantic text from a student whose dog surprised a skunk during his early pre-breakfast romp in the backyard. Poor Sully learned the hard way that sometimes curiosity gets you into trouble.

Every year, after even a few days of warm, pre-spring weather, forest creatures (who may have been absent during the cold winter), start to emerge. This is “Skunk Time” (like “Hammer Time but a lot less fun), and if you’ve ever had a dog who’s had a close encounter with a skunk, you already know how hard it is to get rid of the smell!

Forget tomato juice (because it doesn’t actually remove the smell, it can leave your dog smelling like a tomato, and, if your dog shakes off while you’re applying it, your bathroom will look like a scene from a horror movie!) Instead, use this, a tried and true recipe to de-skunk your dog:

What You’ll Need:

  1. A fresh, unopened bottle of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (at least 2 quarts – more for larger dogs)
  2. Baking soda (a fresh box, not one that’s been in the freezer for a month!)
  3. Dish-washing detergent (Dawn works best, which is why it’s used to clean animals contaminated after an ocean oil spill.)
  4. Mineral Oil
  5. Eyedropper (the type used to give medicine to a baby)
  6. Saline solution (pure saline, not the kind with cleaning agents used for contacts)
  7. Empty soda bottle
  8. Latex Gloves
  9. Patience, patience, and more patience

What To Do:

  1. Limit the contamination: Skunk spray is an oil containing mercaptan, a very foul-smelling substance that is added to dangerous, odorless gases, so we notice them. Wetting your dog or allowing him in the house after he’s been sprayed increases the risk of spreading the nightmare. Have someone stay with your dog outside, or move his crate to the yard (or in the garage) while you prepare what you’ll need. As for you, this is the point I would “glove up” and get into some old clothes that you won’t mind parting with (forever) later…
  2. Protect the eyes, nose, and mouth: Flush the eyes with saline for several seconds and then use an eyedropper to put the mineral oil directly into the eye. This will not only have a soothing effect, it will also protect the eyes from the skunk-removing mixture. For the nose and mouth, wipe with a paper towel or cotton ball soaked in saline.
  3. Absorb the oil: Using paper towels press them against the dog’s fur to remove as much oil as possible. Be careful not to use just one piece and rub it all over, as it will spread the oil. This step will also help you discover what areas have the most damage so you can be sure to use extra solution in that area. Notice that I said “paper” and not “bath” towels. That’s because if you use a bath towel, you can pretty much kiss goodbye ever using it on anything you value. There’s a slim chance of recovery if you wash it (and any other clothing/fabric that made contact with your skunked dog) with vinegar and baking soda.
  4. Mix the magic potion in the empty bottle 
    1. 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (new, unopened bottle)
    2. 1/4 cup of baking soda
    3. 1-2 teaspoons of liquid soap (most people use Dawn)
    4.  This bottle must stay open throughout the process because if you put the cap on it, there’s a strong probability that an explosion will occur. That will lead to a far wilder situation than the one you’re currently dealing with. So please, keep the lid off.
  5. Apply: Most dogs get sprayed in the face, so be sure to saturate each area completely. Cotton balls work well, especially around the eyes. Allow the solution to soak in for 5 minutes, then rinse well and follow with a regular shampoo. Don’t forget to soak your dog’s collar in the magic solution as well.

When you’re done, pour whatever’s left of the solution down the drain.

Now that you’ve completed the hardest part, you can focus on making your house smell better. Vanilla candles and bowls of white vinegar in the house will help dissipate the odor. You can also soak cotton balls with vanilla extract and place them around the house (obviously where your dogs can’t reach them unless you want “vet visit” added to your list of ‘Things I Have To Do That I Never Planned On Doing” today!)

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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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! 

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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 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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