Meet Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant Cathy Madson

Dog Trainer Cathy Madson and Sookie her Welsh Cardigan Corgi

Meet Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant Cathy Madson


As the lead dog trainer and canine behavior consultant for Pupstanding Academy, Cathy strives to help humans and their pets build a strong relationship based on trust and clear communication through force-free dog training methods.

She offers support for dog owners through virtual workshops, one-on-one virtual coaching, and in-person dog training and behavior consultations in the Seattle, Washington area. She teaches group dog training classes at Seattle Humane in Bellevue, Washington.

With over 15 years of experience working with dogs in shelters, dog daycares, grooming salons, group classes, and private dog training, she has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of dogs and on a wide variety of behavioral challenges. She believes that preventive and proactive training is key to helping dogs live a happy, well-adjusted life with their family. Beyond companion dog training, her specialties include dog aggression, resource guarding, leash reactivity, and canine separation anxiety.

She has appeared on a variety of local media, such as Q13, King5, Evening, and New Day NW, and frequently interviewed for print magazines and online content as a dog behavior expert.

Cathy is certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, earning both the CPDT-KA and CBCC-KA designations. Cathy is a Family Dog Mediator (FDM), Fear Free Certified Certified Professional (FFCP), a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild, and Dog Writer's Association of America.

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She shares her life with her partner, stepson, and two Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Sookie Bean and Fozzie Bear. Cathy loves to geek out at dog behavior and training conferences, and when she's not working, you can usually find her paddle boarding, reading, or knitting.