The Big Day Is Finally Here!

Our first day at the new facility, located at

21 Harrison Ave, Waldwick, NJ is THIS MONDAY, October 7th!

Our hours will be the same, as will the class and PlayCare schedules.

BUT…… new classes, events, and other surprises will be revealed in the coming days.

See you there!

(Ps. Stay tuned for details about our Open House / Student party in November! )

UPCOMING EVENTS

Canine Body Language Workshop

Thursday October 17th 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: 

ksdt.katy@gmail.com

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**

Please RSVP By Emailing: 

ksdt.caninegym@gmail.com

Canine Gym Beginner Skills Class

Tuesday October 29th 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 a *NEW TIME*  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:

KSDT.KATY@GMAIL.COM

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DOG SENSE PODCAST

In this episode, Kathy and Sarah discuss formal and informal heels and everything in between!

Halloween can be a fun time for children and their families. But for pets, it can be a nightmare! Here are 9 tips to make sure your dog’s Halloween isn’t frightening!

Candy Is NOT For Pets.

All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, and even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Don't Leave Your Dog Out In The Yard On Halloween.

Visualize this: Children in scary/strange costumes. Walking, running, and yelling near your house. While your dog is loose in your yard. Enough said.

Keep Your Dog Confined And Away From The Door.

Not only will your doorbell be ringing, but your door will also be constantly opening and closing. Add to that the number of strangers dressed in unusual outfits and you can understand why it’s a place your dog should be far away from. To avoid potential fearful/aggressive reactions, put your dog in a secure room away from the front door. This will also prevent him from darting outside into the night.

Keep Halloween Plants Such As Pumpkins And Corn Out Of Reach

Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset should your pets ingest them in large quantities.

Don't Keep Lit Pumpkins Around Pets.

Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.

Keep Wires And Electric Light Cords Out Of Reach.

If chewed your dog could receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

Don't Dress Your Pet In A Costume Unless You Know They'll Love It.

If you decide that your dog needs a costume, make sure it isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, their sight, or the ability to breathe or bark. And have a few ‘dress rehearsals’ a week (or more) before the big event. If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, consider letting them go in their “birthday suit”. Festive bandanas are a great alternative, too!

IDs, Please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date and that even if your dog is microchipped, he could still have a visible ID collar/tag!

The Day AFTER Halloween Is Dangerous, Too!

When you take your dog out for a walk, be on the lookout for candy on the ground. Sometimes it’s hard to see with all the leaves on the ground, so be extra alert in the coming days.

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Read on to learn what else you can do for your pet to keep him happy during Halloween.

Check out some of our TOP hacks for simplifying life with your dog!

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! 

Exclusive Deals For Our Students

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! 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 within 24hrs!

Learn More About Our Services!

questions? email ksdt.stef@gmail.com

Kathy

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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