Meet Kathy

About Kathy Santo

Kathy Santo (IACP CDT, CDTA, PDTI, CCAS) is the Head Trainer of Kathy Santo Dog Training, Inc. located in Waldwick, New Jersey. Kathy is a published author and an accomplished AKC Obedience Competitor as well as routinely a guest speaker with major media outlets and other publications.

Since 1984, Kathy Santo Dog Training has been dedicated to helping individuals and families enjoy better relationships with their dogs, to help develop wonderful dogs that people enjoy having in their presence. Tens of thousands of dogs and their humans have benefited from Kathy’s proven methods in dog training, and her fun-filled approach to both online and in person development.



During the national tour for her book, ‘Kathy Santo’s Dog Sense’, Kathy made TV appearances on the Today Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, CBS Early Show, Diane Rehm’s NPR Show, and was featured as a regular guest on the Martha Stewart Show.

She’s also created a puppy training video series for IAMS, has written articles for Good Housekeeping as well as being a contributing editor/columnist for House Beautiful’s ‘Ask The Dog Shrink’. Since 2007, Kathy has been the AKC Family Dog’s “Behavior and Training” columnist.

In addition to teaching at her school, she also works with AKC.TV to create training videos, and she makes regular appearances on AKC.TV’s ‘Ask The Expert’, and has been given the title of AKC’s “Master Trainer”.

Competitive Titles:

Kathy has earned the prestigious “Obedience Trial Champion” title several times over and has competed with AKC at the national level for more than a decade.

Online Training:

Kathy Santo Dog Training has been a leader in online and virtual training for more than a decade. Kathy offers multiple online training courses with the primary goal being to help pet owners who can’t attend her in-school sessions but still require high level instruction and training. Kathy’s strength in online and virtual training helped Kathy Santo Dog Training succeed during the Covid pandemic, ensuring our clients and students continued to get white glove service during this difficult time.


Training Facility

Kathy Santo Dog Training, Inc. has training facilities in North Jersey and Colorado. The company’s primary facility is located in Waldwick NJ where they enjoy nearly 13,000 square feet of indoor training space as well as ample outdoor grass and turf fields. The facility has a boutique-style grooming shop, and an underwater treadmill for rehab and conditioning work, and much more!

Get started with Kathy Santo Dog Training today!