UPCOMING EVENTS

Canine Body Language Workshop

Wednesday September 11th 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

Thursday September 19th 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 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.

Please RSVP By Emailing:

KSDT.KATY@GMAIL.COM

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Therapy Dog Information Session

Wednesday September 11th at 7:00 PM.

*Humans Only* Free informational session about our Therapy Dog Program! 

Please Register By Emailing:

ksdt.katy@gmail.com

Grooming Workshop

Wednesday September 11th 6:00 PM

  • Do you have a poodle, or doodle, or long-coated dog that needs to be brushed?
  • Did you think you knew how to brush a dog… until the last time he was at the groomers and they had to “shave him down” because he was so matted?
  • Are your dog’s nails so long that you wore jeans all summer to prevent having your legs scratched to bits?

We understand and we can help!
Stacey isn’t just a dog trainer, she’s also a dog GROOMER, and will teach you all the tips and tricks to make grooming your dog a pleasure instead of an event you dread.

You’ll learn:

  • How to choose the correct brush and comb for your dog
  • Proper brushing and combing techniques to prevent matting
  • Which coat sprays are the best

She’ll also answer your questions about your specific dog and his or her coat type.
So whether you’re a dog grooming DIYer, or you take your dog to the groomer every 6 weeks and do maintenance in between visits, this seminar will teach you critical pieces of the grooming puzzle that you need to know.

Bring all of your brushes, combs and products as well as a variety of high value treats.

*This workshop counts as a class out of your package.*
Space is limited, to register please email: ksdt.katy@gmail.com

Recall And Sit & Down Stays Workshop With Trainer Nikki

Tuesday September 17th at 7:00 PM.

Getting your “Recall” commands ready for any situation + easy solutions for creating reliable Sit and Down Stays.

*This workshop counts as 1 class out of your class package*

To Register, Please Email:

KSDT.NIKKI@gmail.com

DOG SENSE PODCAST

In this episode, Kathy and Kamal discuss adolescent dogs and how best to work with them.

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“Ever since my daughter left for college last month, her dog is driving me crazy…”

Now that we’re in the aftermath of some serious weather disasters, the people in affected areas, are looking for their lost pets…

I’m an optimist. Anyone who’s known me for more than a minute knows it, and my stock answer (especially regarding forecasts predicting bad weather) is usually “It won’t be that bad.” And most of the time, I’m right. But, having lived in South Florida before moving back to NJ (and weathering my fair share of hurricanes, including Andrew in 1992, and Sandy in 2012!), I’ve experienced first-hand what being prepared for a storm means! And while I hope you never have to experience a severe storm, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. For this blog, I’m going to assume that you’ve taken care of preparing your home and family. But if not, Red Cross has an awesome website outlining how to prepare for every emergency imaginable.

Here's my list of tried-and-true tips to keep the stress of my (and your!) canine family members at a minimum (feel free to adapt this list to other species of pets that you have in your home):

  • Have a Pet Survival Kit Packed and Ready
    • Two weeks of food and medication.
    • Manual can opener (if your dog eats canned food).
    • Leashes and collars (plus tags)
    • Food and water dishes.
    • Toys and blanket.
    • Cleaning supplies (paper towels, disinfectant, plastic bags).
    • Bags to pick up after our dog.
    • Crate or travel carrier. If your dog isn’t used to staying in one, start slowly training them to accept it. Some evacuation shelters require dogs to be crated, and having the ability to use a crate at a hotel or friend/relatives house will give your dog a sense of security.
    • Laminated picture of your dog (to prove ownership and to post if your dog gets lost).
    • Copy of current vet and vaccination records, tags, microchip info.
    • List of emergency phone numbers (your vet, local animal shelters that will house dogs in an emergency, friends, and relatives).
    •  As far as storage goes, be sure to keep items that can be damaged if wet, in waterproof containers.
  • BEFORE a weather event threatens, research which hotels in and out of your area will accept pets. Store this information in your Pet Survival Kit. The Automobile Club of America publishes a book (for members only) that lists hotels and motels that will accept dogs.
  • Make sure your dog has at least the basic obedience commands. A solid “Come,” “Stay,” and “Heel” command are essential for keeping your dog safe at any time, but especially while traveling and in unfamiliar circumstances.
  • NOW is the time to teach your dog that it’s fun to travel and visit strange new places! A dog that’s used to adventures will be far less stressed than one who never leaves his home or yard except for yearly vet visits!
  • For carsick or easily stressed animals, consult with your vet BEFORE a weather emergency to see if there’s anything you can do to help relieve their symptoms in the event you do have to relocate to a shelter.
  • Create an alternative potty area for puppies and dogs who don’t appreciate torrential rains, strong winds, or even snow. You know who I’m talking about: puppies, older dogs, small dogs, and dogs who just don’t love the cold (my daughter’s rat terrier, Jilly). Before a storm hits my area, I tell my students to get one (more if you own a larger dog!) construction type trash bag, and duct tape it to the floor of their garage (No garage? Use a covered area on your front or back porch). Next, they throw some mulch or cedar chips on it (or go the wee wee pad route!) and voilà: They have a spot for their dog to potty.

 

‘Practice’ this ahead of time by taking your dog out to it (on leash helps you focus him on the location), and use your usual “go potty” command. Most likely, he’ll give you a “Have you lost your mind?” look. Act like you haven’t, but if he own’t go bring him back in the house and try again later. Keep a close eye on him during that time! If you have a puppy OR a dog that would rather us the, ahem, ‘indoor’ facilities, then perhaps crating them until you go back to the potty spot would be a wise decision. For reluctant dogs, you may want to leave a bit of ‘evidence’ in the potty area, so that on the next trip out there, your dog will have a reminder of his last visit. Understand that getting him to use it the first time is the challenge. After that, you’re home free.

After a storm:

I know it LOOKS like it’s over, but there’s still a potential danger! When you’re taking your dog outside after a hurricane, keep him leashed at all times, and avoid downed power lines, standing water, debris, or any wild animals that may be displaced from their normal environment.

How you can help post storm:

So many animals end up abandoned, endangered, or separated from their families due to severe weather. And if you’re feeling the same way I do when you hear the news and see pictures and videos of the aftermath, here’s a few ways you can help:

  • Donate money to shelters and rescue groups.
  • Donate Supplies: dog and cat food, kitty litter, crates, or other amenities are always appreciated. Sometimes rescue groups (like Austin Pets Alive in Texas) post an Amazon Wishlist and detail the supplies they need.
  • Fosters are always needed, but never more than during an emergency.
  • Even if you don’t live in an affected areas, you can also volunteer at a shelter or rescue group. Many are transporting animals out of the affected area and to other locations, so help is needed everywhere.

Volunteering and donating anything you can to a shelter or rescue group is ALWAYS a good idea, even when there’s no weather emergency!

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

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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 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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