Seattle Puppyworks proudly presents a staff of highly qualified, certified trainers and instructors. Using methods based in the science of Animal Learning Theory, we adhere to the guidelines set forth for humane training by the SPCA, ASPCA, RSPCA, HSUS and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Our staff stays current on cutting edge theory and provides a balanced approach to training the companion dog. If you have any questions about our methods please feel free to contact us


  Colleen Hild, CCS, Trainer   Traveling the globe extensively, Colleen has more photos of the canines and felines of other lands than of anything else.  She loves all creatures but mostly dogs, and knows first hand that life is better traveled with a dog!  So much so, she ended a long career in sales and marketing to become a dog trainer; graduating from The Northwest School Of Canine Studies, Fall of 2016. Her fur child rescue, a Boxer mix named Hank, is also called her personal trainer....they run, swim, hike, snowshoe, and paddle board together.  Colleen is also a mother to two teenage human children, who often claim that Hank IS the favorite child. Colleen has been at Puppyworks since August of 2017.  Her love for both people and pooches is a winning combo to the training world.

Colleen Hild, CCS, Trainer

Traveling the globe extensively, Colleen has more photos of the canines and felines of other lands than of anything else.  She loves all creatures but mostly dogs, and knows first hand that life is better traveled with a dog!  So much so, she ended a long career in sales and marketing to become a dog trainer; graduating from The Northwest School Of Canine Studies, Fall of 2016. Her fur child rescue, a Boxer mix named Hank, is also called her personal trainer....they run, swim, hike, snowshoe, and paddle board together.  Colleen is also a mother to two teenage human children, who often claim that Hank IS the favorite child. Colleen has been at Puppyworks since August of 2017.  Her love for both people and pooches is a winning combo to the training world.

  Audrey Rohwer, CSS, Trainer    Audrey first became interested in dog training when she started researching in preparation for a puppy of her own. After doing some serious reading about methodology and the science behind animal behavior, she enrolled in the Northwest School of Canine Studies. After graduating with her Certificate in Canine Studies (CCS) in 2011, Audrey has been putting her knowledge to work for her clients and with her own dog, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Neigé. Training one-on-one with clients for 3 years, she has specialized in reactivity, dog-dog resource guarding, and fear aggression. Audrey has been working with Seattle Puppyworks since March 2015.

Audrey Rohwer, CSS, Trainer

Audrey first became interested in dog training when she started researching in preparation for a puppy of her own. After doing some serious reading about methodology and the science behind animal behavior, she enrolled in the Northwest School of Canine Studies. After graduating with her Certificate in Canine Studies (CCS) in 2011, Audrey has been putting her knowledge to work for her clients and with her own dog, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Neigé. Training one-on-one with clients for 3 years, she has specialized in reactivity, dog-dog resource guarding, and fear aggression. Audrey has been working with Seattle Puppyworks since March 2015.

  Pam Barger, CCS, Instructor.     Pam  began her love affair with dogs at a young age, fully realizing her passion in 2003 when she began her professional experience with Co-Pilot Dog Walks. As her group size grew so did her dedication to keeping her friends healthy and happy by promoting a positive and force-free environment for her fuzzy friends. In 2011 Pam graduated at the top of her class from the Northwest School of Canine Studies and quickly became indispensable as a puppy and human teacher. Her puppy knowledge paired with a genuine desire to see each student succeed makes Pam one of the best in the biz!

Pam Barger, CCS, Instructor. 

Pam began her love affair with dogs at a young age, fully realizing her passion in 2003 when she began her professional experience with Co-Pilot Dog Walks. As her group size grew so did her dedication to keeping her friends healthy and happy by promoting a positive and force-free environment for her fuzzy friends. In 2011 Pam graduated at the top of her class from the Northwest School of Canine Studies and quickly became indispensable as a puppy and human teacher. Her puppy knowledge paired with a genuine desire to see each student succeed makes Pam one of the best in the biz!

   Richard Major, CCS,  Founder Emeritus     Richard Major holds a Certificate in Canine Studies from the Northwest School of Canine Studies.   His lifelong love of dogs paired with years managing a major urban dog daycare spurred his interest in cultivating a thoughtful, scientific approach to dog training and behavior. An avid, accomplished dog sports competitor, Richard’s unique perspective and interests make him a valued member of the Seattle Puppyworks team. With an impressive range of experience and knowledge in styles and techniques, Richard is a capable teacher of novice and advanced methods.

Richard Major, CCS,  Founder Emeritus

Richard Major holds a Certificate in Canine Studies from the Northwest School of Canine Studies.   His lifelong love of dogs paired with years managing a major urban dog daycare spurred his interest in cultivating a thoughtful, scientific approach to dog training and behavior. An avid, accomplished dog sports competitor, Richard’s unique perspective and interests make him a valued member of the Seattle Puppyworks team. With an impressive range of experience and knowledge in styles and techniques, Richard is a capable teacher of novice and advanced methods.

  Skye Farr, CCS, Instructor.   Skye is a Seattle native who, years ago, dove head-long into an ocean of information in an effort to provide their dogs with the best life, learning, and enrichment possible. After moving to New Orleans, Skye made that personal commitment professional with their own animal care business before returning home to attend (and graduate from) the Northwest School of Canine Studies. Skye has since worked in private training, animal rescue, and urban dog daycare. They are excited to share nearly a decade of science-based education and experience in a way that encourages dog owners to give their dogs the most effective and positive training possible. In their spare time, Skye is an avid birdwatcher who loves exploring the city on foot and taking their dogs for bus rides about town.

Skye Farr, CCS, Instructor.

Skye is a Seattle native who, years ago, dove head-long into an ocean of information in an effort to provide their dogs with the best life, learning, and enrichment possible. After moving to New Orleans, Skye made that personal commitment professional with their own animal care business before returning home to attend (and graduate from) the Northwest School of Canine Studies. Skye has since worked in private training, animal rescue, and urban dog daycare. They are excited to share nearly a decade of science-based education and experience in a way that encourages dog owners to give their dogs the most effective and positive training possible. In their spare time, Skye is an avid birdwatcher who loves exploring the city on foot and taking their dogs for bus rides about town.

  Erika Abrahamson, CCS, Trainer   Recognizing dogs as a lifelong passion, Erika started volunteering with the Seattle Humane Society. Here she continued to gain experience and insight, and decided to make canine behavior and training a full-time pursuit, enrolling and quickly graduating from the Northwest School of Canine Studies in November 2015. As a training professional her goal is to help bridge the gap between dogs and their owners, aiding both in developing the skills necessary to live full, harmonious lives in each other's company.  Erika specializes in puppy training, helping young dogs with socialization and life skills needed to explore and thrive in our complex world.

Erika Abrahamson, CCS, Trainer

Recognizing dogs as a lifelong passion, Erika started volunteering with the Seattle Humane Society. Here she continued to gain experience and insight, and decided to make canine behavior and training a full-time pursuit, enrolling and quickly graduating from the Northwest School of Canine Studies in November 2015. As a training professional her goal is to help bridge the gap between dogs and their owners, aiding both in developing the skills necessary to live full, harmonious lives in each other's company.

Erika specializes in puppy training, helping young dogs with socialization and life skills needed to explore and thrive in our complex world.

  Laura Garzon, Instructor   Laura began helping people with their dogs over a decade ago, while pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at Stanford. Although she's always been fascinated by canines and spent much of her childhood convincing her parents to get a dog, the idea of working with pups started as a casual search for a running buddy (she posted a Craigslist ad offering "Jogs 4 Dogs"). Later, one fateful day in 2008, she spotted a stray pooch bounding carelessly through traffic. She led him to safety, and he, predictably, charmed his way into her heart and home. Their serendipity put her back on the road to dogdom! Laura earned an MA in anthropology but declined the opportunity to continue fieldwork overseas, embarking instead on a career path based on the ever-evolving bond between people and dogs. She established Town Dawg, an outings and boarding business in Oakland, CA. After several years and a move to WA, Laura apprenticed and worked as a dog trainer/obedience class instructor at Issaquah's Riverdog Canine Coaching. With her boyfriend, Laura shares a troop of four spirited canines of mostly Pit Bull, Boston Terrier, and Chihuahua ancestry, ranging in age from 2 to 10 years. She credits her penchant for coaching and communications mainly to her days as an undergraduate writing tutor at Dartmouth, to her experience assisting professors in environmental studies and anthropology, and to the 5+ years she spent hosting a monthly talk show about ecological issues on KPFA Radio in Berkeley, CA. Laura resides on Tiger Mountain, where she continues to delve into scholarly matters via the latest reports from the flourishing fields of canine science. She also dedicates herself to arts and crafts that celebrate the culture of nature lovers and to the quest for inner/outer harmony.

Laura Garzon, Instructor

Laura began helping people with their dogs over a decade ago, while pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at Stanford. Although she's always been fascinated by canines and spent much of her childhood convincing her parents to get a dog, the idea of working with pups started as a casual search for a running buddy (she posted a Craigslist ad offering "Jogs 4 Dogs"). Later, one fateful day in 2008, she spotted a stray pooch bounding carelessly through traffic. She led him to safety, and he, predictably, charmed his way into her heart and home. Their serendipity put her back on the road to dogdom! Laura earned an MA in anthropology but declined the opportunity to continue fieldwork overseas, embarking instead on a career path based on the ever-evolving bond between people and dogs. She established Town Dawg, an outings and boarding business in Oakland, CA. After several years and a move to WA, Laura apprenticed and worked as a dog trainer/obedience class instructor at Issaquah's Riverdog Canine Coaching. With her boyfriend, Laura shares a troop of four spirited canines of mostly Pit Bull, Boston Terrier, and Chihuahua ancestry, ranging in age from 2 to 10 years. She credits her penchant for coaching and communications mainly to her days as an undergraduate writing tutor at Dartmouth, to her experience assisting professors in environmental studies and anthropology, and to the 5+ years she spent hosting a monthly talk show about ecological issues on KPFA Radio in Berkeley, CA. Laura resides on Tiger Mountain, where she continues to delve into scholarly matters via the latest reports from the flourishing fields of canine science. She also dedicates herself to arts and crafts that celebrate the culture of nature lovers and to the quest for inner/outer harmony.