Resource Guarding Dog Training & Behavior Consultations

Get Help from a Certified Expert Who Specializes in Difficult Dog Behaviors. Strengthen your bond. Enrich your dog's life.

get help for resource guardingTransform Your Dog's Resource Guarding Behavior

Welcome to the ultimate solution for dog guardians facing the challenging behavior of resource guarding! Discover our comprehensive online course designed to guide you through understanding, managing, and transforming your dog's guarding behavior.

Whether your dog is protective of food, toys, or spaces, our program offers a clear, compassionate path to a happier, safer home environment for both you and your dog.

Taught by certified canine behavior consultant and specialist in dog aggression, Cathy Madson. This course will teach you why your dog guards items, set up the environment for safety, and walk you through how to treat your dog's resource guarding using force-free methods.

Dog Trainer Cathy Madson and Sookie her Welsh Cardigan Corgi About

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

With over 15 years of experience as a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant Cathy offers expert, compassionate, and actionable guidance.

Specializing in complex dog behavior, such as aggression, leash reactivity, and anxiety, Cathy is passionate about proactive training and helps dogs live happy, well-adjusted lives with their families.

Learn more about Cathy.

Two Options to Best Fit Your Needs

Option 1: Self-Paced Online Course

Our self-paced program is meticulously crafted for those who prefer to learn and implement strategies at their own pace. This option offers:

  • In-depth Modules: Delve into our expertly designed course, featuring step-by-step instructions on identifying triggers, understanding your dog's body language, and applying effective interventions to manage and prevent resource guarding.

  • Practical Video Demonstrations: Watch training techniques in action. These videos offer clear, real-world examples of how to apply techniques safely and effectively.

  • Downloadable Resources: Gain exclusive access to a treasure trove of helpful downloads. These resources are designed to support you through each stage of the behavior modification process.

  • Lifetime Access: Revisit the course materials anytime, ensuring you have support as your dog progresses and new situations arise.

Option 2: Upgrade to Live Coaching + Ongoing Support

Note: Unavailable until August 20, 2024

Elevate your learning experience with our premium offering. This option includes everything in the self-paced online course, plus:

  • Two Live 1-on-1 Coaching Sessions: Get personalized guidance from a certified canine behavior consultant, Cathy Madson. These sessions allow you to ask questions, get feedback on your technique, and ensure you're on the right path. Sessions are one hour long and held via Zoom. Sessions are recorded and shared so you can rewatch them anytime and share them with family members.

  • Customized Behavior Plan: Benefit from a behavior modification plan tailored to your dog, considering their unique circumstances, triggers, and needs.

  • Ongoing Trainer Support: Enjoy direct access to your consultant during your training journey for two months post-purchase. Their expertise is an email or text message away, providing reassurance and advice as you implement your customized plan.

Why Choose Our Course?

  • Expertise: Our course is developed and taught by a certified canine behavior consultant with years of experience addressing resource guarding and other behavioral challenges.

  • Flexibility: Learn quickly and conveniently, with options to deepen your understanding through live coaching.

  • Effectiveness: We use positive reinforcement techniques that build trust and safety, promoting a stronger bond between you and your dog.

  • Community: Join a community of like-minded dog owners. Share experiences, celebrate progress, and support each other through challenges via our course comments.

Transform Your Relationship

Don't let resource guarding strain the bond between you and your dog. With our structured guidance, practical techniques, and supportive community, you can foster a more understanding, respectful, and loving relationship between you and your dog.

Enroll today and take the first step towards a happier, more harmonious home!

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

Certified fear-free dog trainer and behavior expert Cathy Madson with her dog SookieCathy 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.

CPDT-KA Certified
FF Certified Professional
Family Dog Mediation Certified
Association of Professional Dog Trainers Certified
Aggression in Dogs Certificate of Completion

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your availability?

Virtual sessions are typically available within 1–2 weeks. If you have an urgent case, you can email Cathy at training@pupstandingacademy.com to check her calendar. We can't make any guarantees of sooner availability.

How do I schedule my appointment?

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

Sessions are held via Zoom. You will receive a unique zoom meeting link via email.

Can I purchase more than one training session?

Absolutely! If you find yourself in need of coaching more than once, simply purchase an individual session again or save money by purchasing the multi-session package.

If you're unsure how many to purchase, Cathy will help you determine how many sessions you might need and how often during your initial session.

Do you offer in-person private dog training?

Yes! Cathy offers in-person private dog training sessions for the North Seattle area. Learn more about scheduling an in-person session and her service area here.

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!

Does my dog have to participate in the session?

Not necessarily! Your coaching session might be focused on answering your specific questions about resource guarding or setting your home up for success. These types of coaching sessions do not require that your dog be actively participating the entire time — they can hang out on their comfy dog bed while we chat.

If you're dealing with an issue that would be helped with certain training skills, I'll ask you to call your dog over to join us to practice. This way I can provide you with real-time feedback so you can feel confident in your dog training skills.

Can more than one person participate in the coaching session?

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

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

Virtual private dog training sessions 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.