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!
OWNER | TRAINER
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 .
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.
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 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 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.