Cathy Madson became a dog trainer in 2008, but she likes to think that her career began when she was six years old and a stray wandered into her yard and became her first dog companion.
She shares her life with her partner, 10-year-old son, 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.
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 12 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.
Cathy is a certified Family Dog Mediator and certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, earning both the CPDT-KA and CBCC-KA designations. Cathy is a Fear Free Certified Certified Professional, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and a training professional member of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG). She has also completed the Aggression in Dogs Master Course. She's also a member of the Dog Writer's Association of America.
Want to see Cathy's coaching style? Watch her in action in a recent Yappy Hour event, where she talks all about how to get our dogs to stop jumping on people: