Upcoming Events

*FREE* Body Language Workshop 
Humans only for this workshop! Friday, March 22nd from 7p-8p

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 (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

2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 6p-6:45p!

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 email Stef to reserve your spot: 


What Is Covered In These Classes?

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

Do I Have To Attend A “101” Class? 

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


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

Tuesday March 12th 7PM

Saturday March 16th 11AM

Thursday, March 14 from 6p-7p!


This SPECIAL ONE-TIME event 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 as 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*

Small Dog Playgroup: 

Friday, March 22nd, from 6p-7p

Puppies and adult dogs under 15lbs are welcome to join!

*Current Students Only*

Fee: $25

Registration is required!

Please email ksdt.katy@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

Your now tired dog can take a nap with the team while you stay for the Canine Body Language Workshop afterwards from 7p-8p!

The Topics For This Month’s Workshop is Down and Leave It! 

Nikki is hosting this 1-hour workshop where we’ll be covering all things related to your Down and Leave It commands! 

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

Please RSVP by emailing ksdt.nikki@gmail.com!

What Is A URI?

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Meet Your Dog’s New “Nanny”

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’s been tested (and approved!) by hundreds of dogs!

Exclusive Deals For Our Students

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!

One of our friends started a pet product ambassador/testing club. It’s actually pretty cool—they send you products to test for free, and you get to keep them—just for giving your feedback! What’s the catch? You have to love dogs, and you have to be an honest person 🙂 A lot of the products are worth $25 or more, and current participants are really enjoying it!

If you’re interested, they’re running the group in Facebook Messenger—here’s the sign-up:

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 to 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.

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.


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.


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


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

Learn More About Our Services!

questions? email ksdt.stef@gmail.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.

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