Virtual One-on-One Dog Training & Behavior Consultations

Strengthen your bond. Address specific behaviors. Enrich your dog's life.

benefits of virtual dog training

Some of the Many Benefits of Virtual Dog Training Sessions:

► Access to a dog behavior expert no matter where you are
► Eliminates distractions for a more controlled and focused training environment

► Go back and review session information anytime with the included video recording

► Makes it easy for all family members to participate in training sessions

► Techniques and strategies can be implemented immediately in the home setting

► Effective in addressing behavior issues such as resource guarding, separation anxiety, or aggression
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.

Unavailable until August 20, 2024

Find the Right Virtual Dog Training Session for You

Ideal for first-time clients, new puppy or adopted dog, or in-depth review of training or behavior issues


  • Video recording of the session
  • Follow-up resources
  • 2 weeks of ongoing email/text support

Ideal for returning clients, real-time feedback on training exercises, questions about behavior issues


  • Video recording of the session
  • Follow-up resources
  • 1 week of ongoing email/text support

Good for a short chat about a particular training or behavior issue or check-ins for returning clients.


Video recording of session

For those looking for ongoing trainer support, complex behavior issues.


  • (4) 60-minute training sessions
  • Video recordings of all sessions
  • 4 weeks of ongoing email/text support
Client testimonial - Mat 2
Client testimonial - Lee 2

virtual-dog-trainingStart Anytime, From Anywhere!

Virtual dog training makes it easy for you to start training right away — from anywhere in the world.
  • No need to wait for puppy vaccines
  • No waitlist to get into full classes
  • No travel to and from a training facility

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 to check her calendar. We can't make any guarantees of sooner availability.

What session length is right for me?

For dogs who exhibit resource guarding, you'll get the most out of our Resource Guarding Foundations Course.

20-minute sessions are a perfect option if you have specific questions about one or two dog training skills or problem behaviors. These shorter sessions are a good choice for follow-up "check in" sessions. These mini-sessions include your session recording so you can go back and review if needed. (20-minute sessions do NOT include any ongoing email or text support).

45-minute sessions are a nice balance between a short mini-session and a full hour session. Choose this length if you have questions about multiple training issues or behaviors, or want live feedback on your training exercises. These sessions include one week of ongoing text/email support.

60-minute sessions allow Cathy to provide you with more in-depth coaching and discussion. If your dog has behavioral issues or you have questions about a variety of training cues or behaviors, choose a 60-minute coaching session. These sessions include two weeks of ongoing text/email support.

Want ongoing access to trainer support? Or is your dog struggling with separation anxiety, leash reactivity, or other behavior issues that require long-term management and treatment? The multi-session package is your best choice! You get four live virtual one-on-one sessions (60 minutes each) and 4 weeks of ongoing email and text support.

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 the 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 potty training, separation anxiety or helping you plan out your home setup for training 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.

For basic obedience training, or 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 private training session, please let us know no later than 24 hours before the session. If we do not receive a reschedule request at least 24 hours before the session, it will be considered a no-show. Rescheduling requests are limited to once per student per session purchased.