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

May 15th 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 May 9th at 6:00 PM!

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 May 11th at 11:00 AM
Tuesday May 21st at 7:00 PM

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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

*NEW* DOG SENSE PODCAST

We’re going to address a topic we get asked every single day, whether it’s in classes or private lessons at the school, or when we also got these questions from the online dog training program, as well as comments and messages on our social media pages.

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“… our dogs are worst enemies. What can I do?”

The spring holidays are upon us, and so are some common hazards for dogs! We want all our students to know how to enjoy the festivities while also keeping their dogs safe.

Dangerous Foods: The following can be toxic to dogs: chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, garlic, onion, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, bread dough, and sugar-free candy and gum containing the artificial sweetener xylitol.

Regular Foods:
Despite tradition, cooked bones should never be given to dogs. Even beef, ham, and other “regular” foods that are not considered toxic can cause illness in dogs.

Hosting Parties and Visitors

Visitors can be stressful for dogs! These are tried and true tips for helping your dog have the best experience possible when the gathering is being held at your house:

All dogs should have access to a comfortable, quiet place inside if they want to retreat. Make sure your dog has a room or crate somewhere away from the commotion that it can go to anytime it wants to get away.

Inform your guests ahead of time that you have dogs or if other guests may be bringing dogs to your house. Guests with allergies or compromised immune systems (due to pregnancy, disease, or medications/ treatments that suppress the immune system) need to be aware of the dogs (especially exotic dogs) in your home so they can take any needed precautions to protect themselves.

Guests with dogs? If guests ask to bring their own dogs and you don’t know how the dogs will get along, you should either politely decline their request, or plan to spend some time acclimating the dogs to each other, supervising all their interactions, monitoring for signs of a problem, and taking action to avoid injuries to dogs or people.  

Dogs that are nervous around visitors should be put it in another room or a crate with a favorite toy. If your dog is particularly upset by house guests, talk to your veterinarian about possible solutions to this common problem.

Watch the exits. Even if your dogs are comfortable around guests, make sure you watch them closely, especially when people are entering or leaving your home. While you’re welcoming guests and collecting coats, a dog can easily make a break for it out the door and become lost.

Identification tags and microchips reunite families. Make sure your dog has proper identification with your current contact information – particularly a microchip with up-to-date, registered information. That way, if they do sneak out, they’re more likely to be returned to you. If your dog isn’t already microchipped, talk to your veterinarian about the benefits of this simple procedure.

Clear the food from your table, counters and serving areas when you’re done using them – and make sure the trash gets put where your dog can’t reach it. A turkey or chicken carcass or other large quantities of meat sitting out on the carving table, or left in a trash container that is easily opened, could be deadly to your family dog. Dispose of carcasses and bones – and anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags and packaging – in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container outdoors (or behind a closed, locked door).

Trash also should be cleared away where dogs can’t reach it – especially grass from Easter baskets and wrappings from candy.

When You Leave the House

Take out the trash to make sure your dogs can’t get to it, especially if it contains any food or food scraps.

In many cases, if your dog has eaten or ingested something toxic, warning signs will include gastrointestinal problems, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Other signs may include tiredness and lack of appetite. If your dog shows any of these signs, or if you think he or she has eaten something dangerous but is not showing any signs yet, please call your vet  right away. Treating your dog as soon as possible is essential!

Poisonous Plants

When picking plants for your garden outside or flower bouquets to decorate your home be aware and careful of which ones you choose! 

Hyacinths

Contains dangerous alkaloids that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and tremors in cats and dogs

Hyacinths

Contains dangerous alkaloids that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and tremors in cats and dogs

Buttercups

If your dog ate this flower it could lead to excessive salivating, diarrhea, vomiting, and a drunken gait.

Buttercups

If your dog ate this flower it could lead to excessive salivating, diarrhea, vomiting, and a drunken gait.

Grayanotoxin

Plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas, or laurels contain grayanotoxins that can cause seizures, vomiting, and cardiac arrest. While these are usually outdoor plants, pay close attention while out on walks to make sure your dog is not sniffing a neighbors flower bush that can be highly toxic.

Grayanotoxin Plants

Plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas, or laurels contain grayanotoxins that can cause seizures, vomiting, and cardiac arrest. While these are usually outdoor plants, pay close attention while out on walks to make sure your dog is not sniffing a neighbors flower bush that can be highly toxic.

Begonias

As a dog or cat owner you should NOT have begonias in your garden. The toxins are in the stem of the plant and can cause serious burning and irritation of the mouth, tongue, and lips; excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

Begonias

As a dog or cat owner you should NOT have begonias in your garden. The toxins are in the stem of the plant and can cause serious burning and irritation of the mouth, tongue, and lips; excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

Tulips

If you have a dog who is a digger or your cat likes to explore your flower beds you should consider keeping this flower out of your garden. Most of the toxins in tulips are in the bulbs. Signs of toxicity can include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, and depression.

Tulips

If you have a dog who is a digger or your cat likes to explore your flower beds you should consider keeping this flower out of your garden. Most of the toxins in tulips are in the bulbs. Signs of toxicity can include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, and depression.

Daffodils

This plant contains lycorine and other alkaloids that can be poisonous for dogs and cats. If ingested they can lead to vomiting, salivation, and diarrhea.

Daffodils

This plant contains lycorine and other alkaloids that can be poisonous for dogs and cats. If ingested they can lead to vomiting, salivation, and diarrhea.

We will be glad to answer any questions you have about your dog's health. Let's work together to make sure your entire family has a happy, healthy holiday season!

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

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!

 

 

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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 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