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


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, Lead Instructor. 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. A recent transplant to the Seattle area, Richard loves to explore the amazing landscape with his dog Sissy.

Richard Major, CCS, Lead Instructor.

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. A recent transplant to the Seattle area, Richard loves to explore the amazing landscape with his dog Sissy.