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


  Melissa Hawkins, CCS, Owner   Aside from being a dog enthusiast, Melissa graduated class of 2015 from the  Northwest School of Canine Studies  (NWSCS), the respected Seattle area canine behavior-specific school. Here she received a Certificate in Canine Studies (CCS) under the prestigious instruction of Cristine Dahl, CTC. Shortly afterwards, Melissa was given the wonderful opportunity to mentor under August Henrich, CCS, owner of  One Dog at a Time . During this time, she also worked as a Sound Puppy Instructor with Seattle Puppyworks while learning under Pam Barger & Richard Major, and growing her knowledge and experience with puppies. A year later, the opportunity was given to take up the torch and carry on the business as the new owner. With the help of Daylon, they are the happy curators of the best puppy trainer talent and information for their amazing clients! Melissa enjoys attending seminars on canine behavior, keeping up with respected authors in the field, and continuing her training education.

Melissa Hawkins, CCS, Owner

Aside from being a dog enthusiast, Melissa graduated class of 2015 from the Northwest School of Canine Studies (NWSCS), the respected Seattle area canine behavior-specific school. Here she received a Certificate in Canine Studies (CCS) under the prestigious instruction of Cristine Dahl, CTC. Shortly afterwards, Melissa was given the wonderful opportunity to mentor under August Henrich, CCS, owner of One Dog at a Time. During this time, she also worked as a Sound Puppy Instructor with Seattle Puppyworks while learning under Pam Barger & Richard Major, and growing her knowledge and experience with puppies. A year later, the opportunity was given to take up the torch and carry on the business as the new owner. With the help of Daylon, they are the happy curators of the best puppy trainer talent and information for their amazing clients! Melissa enjoys attending seminars on canine behavior, keeping up with respected authors in the field, and continuing her training education.

  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.

   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.

  Daylon Hawkins, Onsite Manager, Owner   A former Amazonian, Daylon is the onsite manager and co-owner of Seattle Puppyworks. Having an innate passion for high quality services and helping puppies succeed in life, his cheerful and hardworking dedication to the pups in our care makes all the difference. He is currently pursuing certification with the  School of Canine Science  (SoCS). He also works behind the scenes keeping our website shipshape, and manages the occasional office paperwork blizzard.

Daylon Hawkins, Onsite Manager, Owner

A former Amazonian, Daylon is the onsite manager and co-owner of Seattle Puppyworks. Having an innate passion for high quality services and helping puppies succeed in life, his cheerful and hardworking dedication to the pups in our care makes all the difference. He is currently pursuing certification with the School of Canine Science (SoCS). He also works behind the scenes keeping our website shipshape, and manages the occasional office paperwork blizzard.

  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.