Meet Our Team

Canine Kindergarten is owned and operated by seasoned professionals with over 20 years of knowledge in dog care. Our experience shows; we are recommended by local veterinarians and proud to have won multiple “Best of Westchester” awards. Our owners and staff have combined talents in the areas of dog care, obedience training, veterinary medicine, animal welfare and business management.

Would you like to join our team?  Please email us at and we will contact you to discuss our employment opportunities.

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith, co-owner, has been a registered Pet Therapy volunteer for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and 10 years’ experience in Medical Management as well as 10 years’ experience co-owning Canine Kindergarten and Canine Kindergarten at The Park. Lisa is currently on the Board of Directors of Paws Crossed Animal Rescue and has been working hands on in dog rescue, foster and adoption for the past 3 years. Lisa is Pet CPR Certified. Lisa resides in Ossining with her husband and high school sweetheart, 2 daughters, 4 dogs and 4 cats.

Holly Santana

Holly Santana, Director of Training, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) with over a decade of experience teaching group obedience classes, private training and behavioral consultations. She was educated by the Animal Behavior College and has extensive experience in shelter, dog daycare and group settings with dogs. Holly uses the most up to date positive reinforcement training methods; her passion for training keeps her current on new developments in the industry. She emphasizes bonding between owner and dog and is a proponent of the dog’s physical and mental well-being with an emphasis on reading dog body language. Holly attained her CPDT-KA certification, is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. Holly and her husband, Caleb, share their Croton on Hudson home with Indiana, a hound/retriever mix, and Tessa the yellow lab.

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“Clancy has been attending Canine Kindergarten since he was a puppy. Everyone there is so great with him, and he loves playing with all of the dogs. In fact, when we tell him he is going, he is the first one in the car. It gives us peace of mind knowing the care he's getting and how much he loves being there.”
- Electra M.