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Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Cathy Madson became a certified 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 completed her CPDT-KA certification in 2017 and her CBCC-KA certification in 2019. 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's also a member of the Dog Writer's Association of America.
Cathy loves to geek out at dog behavior and training conferences. As Preventive Vet's dog trainer on staff, Cathy focuses on helping humans and their pets build a strong relationship based on trust, clear communication, and the use of positive reinforcement training methods. Her specialties include canine separation anxiety, leash reactivity, and dog aggression. When she's not working, you can usually find her paddle boarding or knitting yet another dog sweater for Sookie, her Welsh Cardigan Corgi.

Recent Posts

A Plan for Pets: Emergency and Estate Planning that Includes Your Dog and Cat (Episode 40)

Posted by Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA on Jul 26, 2020 3:32:37 PM

What will happen to your pet if you're no longer able to care for them? The current COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how crucial it is that pet owners take the time to plan out their cat or dog's care plan in case you become ill or are no longer able to care for them. Our pets are counting on us to have a backup plan.

In this episode of Paws and Play, we talk with Debra Hamilton of Hamilton Law & Mediation, about why it's important to have a plan in place in case you get sick, injured, or pass away. She also shares with us tips for deciding who to choose as your pet's caregiver, who needs to know about the emergency pet care plan (your chosen caretaker, your lawyer, and your veterinarian), and how much money you should consider setting aside to provide for your pet's long-term care.

From pet trusts, to living wills, and final wills, Debra has created an amazing program called the MAAP Pet Care Planning Blueprint. And, as Debra says, "I'm not dead yet!" It isn't just about planning for what will happen to our pets when we aren't around anymore. Things like broken ankles, hospitalization, transitioning into a long-term adult healthcare or hospice facility, or accidents that happen while traveling can also affect your pet's situation. In an uncertain time, having a plan in place to protect our beloved pets will give you some peace of mind.

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Topics: Dogs, Cats, Estate Planning

Kids and Dog Safety with Jennifer Anderson (Episode 37)

Posted by Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA on Apr 19, 2020 1:12:15 PM

The current coronavirus pandemic means that children are being homeschooled and many parents are working from home. The entire family, including your dog, is spending non-stop quality time together.

Does your dog seem more stressed with all the extra hubbub going on all day? Are you wondering what you can do to make sure the kids and dogs both stay safe while you get some work done in the office? Want to learn how to get your kids involved with caring for and training the family dog?Do you have a new puppy at home? Click here to learn more about raising a puppy during COVID-19.

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Topics: Dogs, Puppy

Getting a Second Dog: Things to Consider (Episode 35)

Posted by Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA on Mar 2, 2020 9:11:42 AM


Are you thinking of adding a second dog to your family?

Whether you're getting a puppy or adopting an older dog, adding another furry friend to your life means a lot of change — especially for your current dog.

In this episode we walk through what you should consider when wanting to add another pup, along with how to find the right fit for your first dog.

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Topics: Dogs, Puppy

Winter Pet Health and Safety Tips (Episode 33)

Posted by Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA on Dec 17, 2019 4:08:02 PM


Winter hasn't even technically begun but the temperatures are dropping and some places around the U.S. have already seen some heavy snow. While it's easy for us to bundle up and ensure our comfort and safety, our dogs and cats are relying on us to help do the same for them.

On this episode of the Paws & Play with Dr. J podcast, we talk about the different steps you can easily take to help keep your pets healthy and safe. Check out the resources below for tips and tricks for 

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Topics: Dogs, Cats, Winter pet hazards

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Twice a month, host Mia and regular co-host, Cathy, bring you entertaining health, safety, lifestyle, and training information for your cats and dogs.

Mia is an animal lover, who is lucky enough to be owned by her kitty, Mazel, and senior pug, Mabel. In her off-time she and her wife volunteer at a goat rescue, watch Golden Girls & Psych marathons, and celebrate Halloween and Christmas all year round.

Cathy is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant who believes that dog training is a lifestyle and should never feel like a chore. When she's not talking dogs, she's probably reading about them while enjoying a nice glass of pinot noir.

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