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Seattle In-Person Dog Training & Behavior Consultations

$ 375.00 USD

Product description

In-Person Private Dog Training

Get one-on-one help for your dog's training and behavior from a certified professional dog trainer and canine behavior consultant.

In-Person Sessions are held at your home or pre-approved dog-friendly locations.

Services include:

Specializing in complex dog behavior issues: aggression, resource guarding, leash reactivity, separation anxiety, and other anxieties.

Also offered: Puppy training, basic and intermediate training skills, dog matching, and pre-adoption planning.

Serving the Following Seattle Area Neighborhoods:

Bothell, Edmonds, Greenlake, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake City, Lake Forest Park, Maple Leaf, Richmond Beach, Shoreline, Woodinville

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Seattle In-Person Dog Training & Behavior Consultations

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Mat Szwajkos
Five Stars! Cathy is amazing.

We’ve been lucky enough to work with Cathy in group and private settings. She is incredibly knowledgable and has been soooo sooo good with all the animals in our house, both feline and canine. She has helped us with our shy puppy socialize with others as well and worked with us to stop all the puppy nipping. Her observations and coaching of the entire family has made an immediate impact on how we have settled into being a both a cat and dog family. I can’t speak highly enough of Cathy’s abilities and empathy as she teaches. 10/10 we’ll be working with her again!

5 Stars - Would Recommend!

Our one-year-old rescue dog had concerns about other dogs, and we needed direction about how she needed to be trained. Cathy was immensely helpful in directing how we would accomplish this task. She was always upbeat, caring, and very informed as we learned how to handle our new dog. She demonstrated and then let us try our hand. Clear and helpful advice on the best equipment to use, and the best way to use leashes based on our specific dog's needs and concerns. Watching how our dog responded to Cathy, and her really informed information about why our dog behaved as she did was most beneficial. Cathy’s information and help did not end with the in-person training sessions, her follow-up letters were excellent and included links to videos that were very helpful. We are grateful for her help, it made all the difference.

Find the Right In-Person Dog Training Session for You

New Client Intake & First Session

Initial Virtual Intake, 60-90 minute In-Person Session

Follow-Up Session

For Returning Clients Only, 60-minute In-Person Session


For Returning Clients Only, 3 In-Person Sessions


For Returning Clients Only, 6 In-Person Sessions


Initial Virtual Consults are typically available within 1-2 weeks.

In-person sessions on weekdays are typically available within 2-3 weeks. Weekend appointments within 3-4 weeks.

If you have an urgent case that needs attention right away, email Cathy at

We cannot guarantee sooner availability.

Scheduling Your Initial Consult & First In-Person Session

Service Area: North Seattle — Edmonds, Shoreline, Richmond Beach, Ravenna, Maple Leaf, Greenlake, Lake City, Lake Forest Park, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland

In-person training is non-refundable. If you are not located within the service area, and have not confirmed with Cathy the associated travel fees for outside service area services, do not purchase in-person sessions.

Once your purchase is complete, you will be able to immediately schedule your initial virtual consult with Cathy via an online scheduler.

Questions? Email Cathy at

Meet Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant Cathy Madson MA, FDM, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, FFCP

Dog Trainer Cathy Madson and Sookie her Welsh Cardigan Corgi

Cathy offers expert guidance for dog owners through virtual courses, 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.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I'm not located in the North Seattle service area?

If you live in the Greater Seattle area and would like in-person training, contact Cathy at to find out whether she can accommodate your location. In-person sessions outside of the regular service area may incur travel fees.

Cathy also offers virtual training sessions via Zoom for anyone, anywhere in the world! Or she is happy to help you connect with a certified trainer who services your area.

How do I schedule my appointment?

Upon purchasing a training session, you'll be able to immediately schedule your initial virtual intake session with Cathy by clicking the link provided in your purchase receipt.

Intake sessions are held via Zoom. You will receive a unique zoom meeting link via email once you choose and confirm your session day/time.

Can I purchase more than one training session?

Absolutely! If you find yourself in need of in-person training more than once, you can purchase single follow-up sessions or a 3-pack or 6-pack.

Different training goals require varying numbers of sessions. Some training issues or plans only need one session for you to feel comfortable moving forward on your own. More complex training plans or behavioral issues often require multiple sessions before clients feel comfortable moving forward without in-home trainer support.

Many clients will start with in-person sessions and then start a hybrid program, with virtual "check-in" sessions in between in-person sessions.

What dog training methods do we use?

Training should be fun for both you and your dog! Our training methods are force-free and focus on positive reinforcement — this will help you build a strong and trusting relationship with your dog. You'll learn how to read canine body language and better communicate with your dog so they actually listen to you.

Positive training doesn't mean permissive — you'll learn how to use effective consequences that don't rely on using force, pain, fear, or intimidation.

Positive training isn't just about food treats — although they are a powerful tool. You'll learn how to figure out what your dog finds rewarding besides food, and how to use this to get behavior you want!

Can more than one person participate in the training session?

Absolutely! The more members of your household involved in your dog's training the better! However, private in-person sessions are limited to household members or pre-approved caregivers only (e.g. dog walker or pet sitter).

Can I share an in-person training session with another family member or friend and their dog?

Yes! We call this a semi-private dog training session and it's like your own mini group class. Perfect for sharing a private session with friends or family who also have a dog that needs training help.

Contact Cathy at to request this service and receive a discount code for each dog's enrollment.

*This setup may not be appropriate for all cases and requires trainer approval prior to purchase. Maximum 3 dogs per semi-private training session.

Can I get a refund if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

All dog training sessions (virtual and in-person) are non-refundable.

If you cannot attend your scheduled private training session, please let us know no later than 24 hours prior to your scheduled session. If we do not receive a reschedule request at least 24 hours before your session, it will be considered a no-show. Rescheduling requests are limited to once per student per session purchased.