Kathy Santo has been training dogs since 1984 for competition AKC, UKC and CKC obedience and agility trials as well as for basic home obedience and behavior modification.
To date, her students have achieved over 500 obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizenship titles. In addition, they were locally and nationally recognized as the top performers in their breed and group categories. For many years, Kathy traveled across the U.S. giving week-long competition seminars to improve the performance of hundreds of dog trainers everywhere.
Personally, Kathy has achieved every competitive obedience title the American Kennel Club has offered.
Kathy’s dogs have ranked nationally within their specific breed (golden retrievers and border collies), and group. Nationally, she has placed and won at Gaines/Cycle Tournaments and the Detroit/Windsor World Series. Her phenomenal accomplishments have been acknowledged in the national magazine Dog World, which honored Kathy with multiple Dog World Awards.
Her most prestigious achievement to date is earning the American Kennel Club’s exclusive “Obedience Trial Champion” title (OTCh.) multiple times. This title is often referred to as the “PhD” of dogs.
To add to her credibility, Kathy and many of her students have obtained multiple OTCh.’s. Kathy’s last dog “Trigger” won the title in only six shows (three weekends!) The standard time frame to achieve this sought after and infrequently awarded title is upwards of one year.
As a trainer, Kathy can boast that the hallmark of both her and her students’ dogs is the ability to be technically precise, thereby losing few to no points. At shows locally and nationally, the dogs’ combination of accuracy and brilliant animation never fail to draw very large crowds.
Over 52 different breeds owned by Kathy Santo’s students have achieved recognition by winning or placing nationally at sanctioned AKC, UKC, CKC, or USDAA trials, by ranking nationally in the Shuman, Delany and OTCh. point rating systems, and by achieving titles for obedience, conformation, and/or agility.