Meet Your Trainers

A SHARED PASSION FOR SEEING DOGS THRIVE

Since 1984, Kathy Santo Dog Training has been dedicated to helping individuals and families enjoy better relationships with their dogs.

Literally thousands of dogs and their humans have benefited from our program’s unique and fun-filled approach to training. Thousands more have gained insights from Kathy’s book, Kathy Santo’s Dog Sense, her articles and her appearances on popular morning TV and radio shows.

We believe that learning is a lifelong process for both humans and their dogs. So, we make sure our program is accessible and convenient for dog lovers throughout Bergen County. We make sure we’re available 24/7, so if you have a problem that needs an immediate answer, you can call, or text, us for a solution. And we make sure it’s always fun!

We’re proud of the effectiveness of the Kathy Santo training method. And we’re even prouder of the number of current and former students who keep coming back for more. As a Kathy Santo Dog Training graduate, you become part of our family!

Contact us today to get started on training your dog!

Our Trainers

Kathy Santo

OWNER | TRAINER

My name is Kathy Santo and I have spent my entire career as a dog trainer and handler, training dogs and winning over 500 obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizenship titles. Working with my own dogs, I have achieved every competitive obedience title the American Kennel Club (AKC) has offered and earned the prestigious AKC “Obedience Trial Champion” title (OTCh) multiple times.
 
Certifications: IACP CDT, CDTA, PDTI, Certified Canine Athlete Specialist (CCSA)

Nancy Desimone

FASTTRACK MANAGER | TRAINER

Nancy has a degree from Elon University in North Carolina.  She has been training and teaching with Kathy for over 7 years. She is a Certified Dog Trainer from IACP and is a Certified Canine Athlete Advisor for Canine Conditioning. She also holds her CGC/CGCA Evaluator for the AKC .

Lauren Tobin

Assistant FastTrack Manager | TRAINER

Lauren has her Animal Sciences degree from Penn State University. During college, she worked with both domestic and wild animals, and volunteered at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for 4 years of college and even interned at Central Park Zoo. She is a Certified Dog Trainer from IACP and is a Certified Canine Athlete Advisor for Canine Conditioning. She also holds her CGC/CGCA Evaluator for the AKC.

Sarah Bayles

TRAINER | SOCIAL MEDIA

Sarah has been a trainer at the school, but recently moved to Colorado and currently helps to run our social media platforms, online dog training courses, and offers private dog training lessons in the Fort Collins, CO area! Sarah’s training background is in family dog obedience and behavioral issues with a special interest in canine fitness to help dogs live a longer and healthier life. She is a Certified Canine Athlete Advisor and is also working towards her Certified Canine Fitness Trainer from Fitpaws and The University Of Tennessee. 

Nikki Miller

TRAINER

Nikki has her certification from Animal Behaviorism College and have been training at Kathy Santo Dog Training for a year and a half! She has a furry friend at home named Pepper – she’s a cat, but they’ve been working on some tricks, too!

Stacey Samela

TRAINER

Stacey Samela has been”in dogs” for over 20 years. In addition to being a passionate instructor, she’s also achieved numerous American Kennel Club performance awards in conformation, earth dog, tracking, and Rally obedience trials with her beloved, home-bred, wire-haired dachshunds. 

Tori Freymuth

FastTrack TRAINER

I graduated from SUNY Cobleskill May 2019 with a Bachelors of Technology in Animal Science with a Concentration in Canine Studies which focuses on the training, behavior, health, and nutrition of dogs. This program exposed me to all types of dogs, training methods, and behavioral modification techniques. Previously, I worked as a trainer for Paws and Stripes, a non-profit organization that trains Service Dogs for disabled veterans. I also did an internship at another non-profit organization, Operation at Ease, as a trainer for both their service and therapy dog programs. In addition to my formal training experience, I’ve also trained my dogs for service work – specifically psychiatric and seizure alert.