Get to know Local Dog & Adventure Training!

Local Dog helps dogs and their people do more fun things together!

You and your dog are a team. Good teams communicate well with each other. That’s how they can trust, have fun, and explore the community. That’s what makes them a Local Dog!

When you and your pup train with Local Dog Training and Adventure, you’ll learn the mechanics needed to teach your dog to have good manners. You’ll get lots of one-on-one attention because we keep our classes small. You definitely won’t be bored.

Best of all, your dog will have good manners and know how to navigate the human world.

Every class is action-packed, supported by science, and feels like play time! With our background in teaching recreational and group fitness (to humans), we know how to keep you engaged and having fun.

Barking at kids. Chasing bikes. Jumping on visitors. Local Dog can Help!

These behaviors can be embarrassing and keep your dog stuck at home instead of out exploring with you. Let’s change that.

Local Dog focuses on proactive training and positive reinforcement helps dogs overcome these behaviors. We work with all breeds and ages of dogs. We can help you and your puppy successfully get through those fun puppy stages: biting, potty training, crate training and more. And we help reactive dogs who have fear and anxiety, who are limited in what they can do outside the home because of their behavior.

Dog training involves a lot of “human training” too. You’ll learn how to understand your dog’s form of communication–their body language. And you’ll learn ways you can improve communication with your dog to see more of the behaviors you like.

Our goal is for you to have a dog you can pal around town with.

Jessica Cady-Bartholomew, KPA CTP

Local Dog Founder, Owner

Jessica Cady-Bartholomew is a graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy and is a Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). She believes in training and educating efficiently with kindness and compassion. As a Family Dog Mediator®, she uses the latest and best methods in animal learning to ensure that you and your pup are reaching your goals and having a great time doing it.

A Madison native, with a degree in recreation, Jess has made the commitment to help people and their dogs lead their very best lives through creative classes, inspiring adventures and building community.


  • Master’s of Science – Recreation Administration, George Williams College
  • Bachelor’s of Science – Community & Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Certifications/Continuing Education

  • Predation Substitute Instructor
  • Family Dog Mediator®
  • Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Trainer Program, KPA CTP
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT – KA)
  • Fear Free Certified Trainer
  • Pro Dog Trainer – Absolute Dogs, Graduate
  • Trick Dog Instructor/Canine Conditioning Coach, Do More with Your Dog
  • Aggression in Dogs Master Course
  • ​AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • AKC Canine Fitness Instructor
  • Puppy Start Right Instructor
  • American Council on Exercise – Group Fitness Instructor, Health Coach

Local Dog Training and Adventure is committed to: