Kathy Santo

Kathy Santo

Professional Dog Trainer

Kathy Santo has developed a fresh, innovative approach to dog training. In the past, training methods were based on a “one size fits all” approach. With her system, finding out “who” the dog is at the other end of the leash (using a series of quizzes) is the first priority. After that, she customizes the training method to that unique dog, which guarantees the team’s success. She believes that the dogs themselves don’t fail the training; rather it’s the training that failed the dog.

The approach is based on Santo’s 25+ years of being a top canine trainer, teaching basic and competitive dog training and solving complex behavioral issues throughout the United States. Currently, she sees more than 100 dogs each week at her Ramsey, New Jersey school. There she helps dog owners address a wide range of issues, from the simple — "my dog is a picky eater" — to the serious — "my dog was almost hit by a car when he ran into the road" and "how can I get my dog to stop biting?"

In 2005, Kathy began a dog training program for children with autism and their dogs. Initially formed as a way to help the children teach their companion dogs basic obedience commands, the program has now grown to include agility training, in-school classroom visits, and a social skills/dog training program for adolescents and their dogs. Kathy’s goal is to have more programs created across the country, and has formed a charity called PAWS FOR AUTISM. A portion of the profits from her products will be donated to organizations who provide dog-based programs for people with autism.

Kathy is a columnist for the American Kennel Club’s Family Dog Magazine (“Training and Behavior”), and her House Beautiful columns (“Ask The Dog Shrink”) can be read online at www.housebeautiful.com. Good Housekeeping has launched her as their online “Pet Expert” at www.goodhousekeeping.com. In 2005 her dog training book, Kathy Santo’s Dog Sense was internationally released by Alfred A. Knopf.

On television, Kathy has been a regular on Martha Stewart’s television show, as well as appeared on the Today Show, Fox News, Movie and A Makeover and more. In April 2008 the CBS Early Show interviewed Kathy (and two of her students) about her programs for children with autism and their dogs.

Previously, she founded a training center in Jupiter, Florida, taught competitive dog training camps across the United States, won every competitive obedience title that the AKC offered with her own and her student’s dogs, spoke at schools in the Martin County, Florida, school system for its Humane Education Program, and led testing and evaluation for the Treasure Coast, Florida, Pet Facilitated Therapy Program.

Additionally she evaluated the temperament of dogs brought into the Treasure Coast Humane Society to determine their adoptability. Her innate ability to “read” people and dogs helped potential owners unite with dogs that were well suited to their personalities and lifestyles.

Kathy currently resides in New Jersey with her husband of 25 years, two well-trained children, and three well-trained dogs!
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