A Shared Passion For
Seeing Dogs Thrive
Seeing Dogs Thrive
Tens of thousands of dogs and their humans have benefited from our program’s unique and fun-filled approach to training, both online and in person. 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!
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 dog training family!
We’re available 24/7, so if you have a problem that needs an immediate answer, you can call us for a solution. Contact us today to get started on training your dog!
Owner | Head Trainer
Kathy Santo (IACP CDT, CDTA, PDTI, CCAS) is owner, CEO, and Head Trainer of Kathy Santo Dog Training, Inc. in Waldwick, New Jersey. Kathy is a published author and an accomplished AKC Obedience Competitor as well as a guest on 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 Knopf (Random House) 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, TBS Movie and a Makeover, and many other national tv shows.
She’s also created a puppy training video series for IAMS, has written articles for Good Housekeeping and was 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 is The American Kennel Club’s (AKC) ‘Master Trainer” and is a frequent guest and contributor to AKC.TV, creating training videos and making regular appearances on AKC.TV’s ‘Ask The Expert’.
A Podcast by Kathy Santo
Because her goal is to reach as many puppy and dog owners as possible with effective, relationship-building training advice, Kathy launched a podcast, ‘Dog Sense with Kathy Santo’ in April of 2021. Her co-host is Sarah Bayles, one of Kathy’s trainers who is establishing a Kathy Santo Dog Training location in Fort Collins, CO.
Kathy Santo Dog Training has been a leader in virtual training. Kathy offers multiple online training courses with the primary goal of helping dog owners who can’t attend her in-school sessions, yet still require effective, fun, and relationship-building training. Her online offerings helped her students in NJ, throughout the US, and internationally during the pandemic, as it ensured her students continued to receive the training that they (and their puppies and dogs!) needed during an extremely difficult time.
Kathy has earned the prestigious “Obedience Trial Champion” title several times over and has competed in AKC trials at the national level for more than a decade.
Trainer | Therapy Dog Program Director
Stacey has been a dog trainer and involved in therapy dog work for 20 years and teaching at KSDT since 2011. She’s worked with animal shelters and rescue groups teaching them how to be better trainers to increase successful adoptions. Her achievements include numerous American Kennel Club performance awards in conformation, field trials, earthdog, tracking, and obedience trials with wire-haired dachshunds of her breeding as well as training other breeds small and large to achieve their titles. Her college degrees include Elementary Education and Psychology.
Head Trainer | Assistant GM
Lauren has been training dogs at KSDT for over 6 years now. She has her Animal Sciences degree from Penn State University. During her college career, she worked with both domestic and wild animals, volunteered at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and interned at the Central Park Zoo. She’s an IACP Certified Dog Trainer, and a Certified Canine Athlete Advisor for Canine Conditioning. She also holds her CGC/CGCA Evaluator for the AKC.
KSDT Colorado Dog Trainer | Social Media
Sarah spent years mentoring directly under Kathy Santo and her team of trainers at the NJ training facility before moving to Colorado to open a second Kathy Santo Dog Training location!
She regularly attends dog training seminars and workshops across the US, and travels back to NJ to work at the NJ facility so that her knowledge and skills continue to grow.
Sarah’s training background is in family puppy and dog obedience as well as 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 in her spare time is also working towards her Certified Canine Fitness Trainer from FitPaws and The University Of Tennessee and her CDT from the IACP!
Nikki has her certification from Animal Behavior College, and has been an incredible addition to the Kathy Santo Dog Training team. Nikki teaches group classes, private lessons, and trains dogs in our FastTrack program every day. She has a furry friend at home named Pepper – she’s a cat, but they’ve been working on some tricks, too!
Tori 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 her to all types of dogs, training methods, and behavioral modification techniques. Previously, Tori worked as a trainer for two non-profit service dog training organizations, which only fueled her passion for her career. In addition to her formal education and training experience, she has also trained her own service dog for medical alert tasks!
Sierra got started in dog training at age 13 as a Puppy Raiser for the NJ Seeing Eye. She went on to study Animal Sciences at Penn State University, and in the years since graduating she has furthered her dog training career with experiences at The Guide Dog Foundation in New York and later Freedom Service Dogs in Colorado.
Sierra has lived in Thailand, hiked the Appalachian Trail, and plays violin in a folk band. Her and her husband have 2 adopted dogs at home, Loki and Rusty.
Fast Track Trainer
Allie has been dogsitting for many years. She initially decided to study Psychology in college, but found her true passion working with dogs. She has now been on the KSDT team for two years, and has trained with Kathy and the rest of the team. Allie also has two dogs who are 12 years old, who prove that you CAN teach old dogs new tricks!
Fast Track Trainer
Chrissy began her dog training career at Kathy Santo Dog Training in July 2020. Although she obtained her business degree from Montclair State University, Chrissy knew since she was young that she wanted a career that would allow her to work with animals. Throughout college and beyond, she volunteered at the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge and the experience convinced her that dog training was the path she would pursue. After connecting with Kathy Santo during the pandemic, it was clear to Chrissy that she wanted to dedicate her life to helping dogs live their best and most fulfilled life through training.
In her spare time, Chrissy loves all things fitness, being at the beach, and spending time with her rescue poodle, Maggie.
Fast Track Trainer
Alex has always loved and dreamed about working with dogs but didn’t ever think she could turn that dream into a reality. She initially received her Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree, and after working on television shows and movies in New York City for a few years got her Master’s Degree in School Counseling. That dream of working with dogs was still circling in her mind, and in the beginning of 2021, Alex joined the KSDT team and has been training under Kathy Santo and her team since.
Fast Track Trainer
KC attended the University of Vermont and studied Psychology and Animal Science where she developed her interest in Animal behavior. Once she graduated, KC worked at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan in the rehabilitation department for 6 years. In 2018, KC received her dog training certification with the Animal Behavior College and began training part time until 2020 when she started training full time. KC has experience training basic obedience, puppy socialization, impulse control, and behavior modification methods to improve on-leash reactivity.