Our Family

We strongly believe in investing in our employees because they possess the heart and soul that drives the company and cultivate the long-lasting relationships that make them a treasured member in your pupper’s life. Unlike other companies, we therefore insist that all team members working with us are our employees not Independent Contractors.

Additionally, every team member is required to go through extensive training when hired and is offered opportunities for continued education throughout their tenure. It is also required that every team member is Pet CPR & First AID certified.

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Wesley Hawkins

Owner CEO at PSP | ABCDT | AKC-CGC | APDT

I decided to study dog behavior and training, because I wanted my two-year-old Labrador to behave better. I found the work so fascinating that I started Puget Sound Puppers in 2010 and became a Certified Dog Trainer by the Animal Behavior College (ABCDT) in 2012. Since then, I’ve enjoyed teaching people how to have a better quality of life with their canine loved ones through the fun, easy, and dog-friendly use of positive reinforcement training.

Jaime Volker

Director of Operations

All of our furry friends deserve the best care. I gravitate toward dogs with needs or issues that require extra attention, like pups that pull excessively or are reactive on leash. They certainly require extra energy and patience, but our commitment to one-on-one interactions means that the energy I put into working with my canine friends pays off with noticeably better behavior and an overall more enjoyable experience on both ends of the leash.

Mariah Whitman

West Seattle Team & Social Media Coordinator

Anyone that has known me knows I have love for all different kinds of animals. I truly care about their happiness and safety in life. I think it’s amazing that you can build a connection with them without words. So I couldn’t think of anything else I’d love to do as a career more than this. From the very beginning, I’ve been very impressed with PSP’s philosophy on the treatment of our animals, training and professional staff.

LeAnn Snow

North Seattle Team | UW-AAB

My main focus in working with our clientele is the personalized attention to each and every pup entrusted to us. I am pursuing a longterm career goal within the anthrozoological field, studying and transforming the nature of human-animal dynamics. This has started with gaining a Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior through UW and joining the PSP team. The relationships between dogs and people are uniquely special and I strive to foster a connection based on trust, confidence and communication. PSP’s values of positive reinforcement and individualized care are keystones to a happy and successful dynamic.

Rachel Underbakke

West Seattle Team

Originally from Minnesota, I’ve always loved animals so pet care seemed like the obvious career choice. I especially appreciate PSP’s strong customer service and emphasis on positive reinforcement training. It’s so fulfilling to see an animal change and grow with training and patience. I love all dogs but I really enjoy high energy dogs that keep me on my toes. I also love learning about animal behavior and all of the different breeds.

Tracy Miller

North Seattle Team

Growing up, I wanted to be a zoologist but somehow ended up an accountant. That sitting in the office all day thing is no longer working for me, so I have come back around to wanting to work with animals while getting outside for fresh air and exercise. I especially love PSP’s positive reinforcement only policy. I have a 10-year-old daughter, and, as a parent, I know what it’s like to want to know that my child is being guided with the same type of positive methods in someone else’s care. I am particularly fond of little dogs. Especially when they are all wiggily and excited and try to lavish you with kisses!

Allison Skula

West Seattle Team

I grew up on Long Island, NY and attended the New England School of Art & Design in Boston, MA. I’ve always identified as a “dog person” and I’ve realized it’s because how much I admire them. Dogs are our “hype men”, they support our forever changing moods, they keep us happy and active, make us laugh, and love everything to the fullest. Living as closely to these traits as possible makes the most sense to me. I especially love big dogs who are couch potatoes inside and hiking enthusiasts outside. I was drawn to PSP’s approach of working with each dog as an individual and thoroughly training their human team members. In my free time, I love drawing, running and hiking, treasure hunting in vintage shops, and traveling with my partner.

Kiara McMorris

West Seattle Team

Born and raised in the Emerald City, I have been lucky enough to have dogs throughout my life. I have been fortunate to know the love, companionship, and fun that comes with being a dog owner. While all dogs are special, I am particularly fond of larger dogs. I had a Rottweiler for many years and he was the best dog you could ask for. My past experiences with dogs include working in a doggie daycare and as a dog runner. For the past four years I have been a facilitator for the Pet Loss Support Group at the Seattle Animal Shelter. What I like most about PSP is their commitment to positive reinforcement training. I have used positive reinforcement training with my dog and have seen the benefits of using patience and praise to train.