Companion Dog Instructors
Sarah has been a dog lover since she was a young child, and took an interest in training when she got her first dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, at the age of 8. After finishing college and pursuing a corporate job in the field of her degree, she returned to her true passion of dog training due to her adopted Thai dog, Pixel, who came to her with lots of issues including dog aggression and reactivity. Diving into the theory of positive reinforcement training at length in order to help Pixel with reactivity and other problem behaviors, she realized dog training was her true calling. Pixel now competes in barn hunt and lure coursing and helps other reactive dogs alongside Sarah by working as a "trigger dog" during training sessions.
After working through Pixel's behavior problems, Sarah became
interested in the world of dog sports, namely dog agility. She added two Border Collies, Quest and Arrow, to her crew. Quest actively competes in AKC and USDAA agility and AKC Fast CAT, and is preparing to trial soon in Rally, Barn Hunt, and Scent Work. Arrow is still a puppy, but she is focusing on learning foundations for Agility, Rally, Obedience, and Scent Work.
Sarah has been training dogs professionally since 2016, and is an AKC CGC and Trick Dog Evaluator. Her goal is to help dogs and people both understand each other more clearly for a better relationship. She has worked with student dogs from nearly every breed, and is very flexible about making sure the training style she uses is a good fit for the dogs she’s working with.
Karen Beattie Massey
Karen Beattie Massey has been a dog training professional since 2012 and has worked with a wide variety of breeds and behavior issues. Karen is an active member of the dog training and dog sports community in the Pacific Northwest, and participates in ongoing professional training. She is active in the Pumi national breed club and competes in agility, rally, and conformation with her dogs. She teaches agility, manners, and sport manners classes at Argus Ranch.
Karen has competed successfully in Obedience and Rally competitions since 2004. She has titled with 7 different dogs in Rally, with 4 of them competing at the Excellent level. As well as teaching basic life skills and enjoying time hiking and hanging out with her pack of Pumis and Cavaliers, Karen enjoys trick training
and dabbles in freestyle when she is not training or competing in agility. Her Pumi Bella was on the European Open Agility team from 2012-15, the World Agility Open Team 2016, IFCS World Team 2016-18, and finalist in AKC, UKI, and USDAA national events. Her Pumi Aria and Cavalier Teddy were medalists at the Americas and Caribbean Agility Championships in 2017. Karen is currently training and competing in agility with Bella’s grandson Everett.
Karen a is a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) trainer and an AKC CGC/Tricks evaluator. Her university studies in psychology and work experience in staff training and creating instructional materials in the software industry made a career in training people and their dogs a natural fit.
Karen enjoys creating learning experiences that are goal oriented, fun, and rewarding for dogs and handlers.
Like many dog trainers, Jennifer started training dogs as a child. She found her career in dog training while pursuing her formal education, first in animal behavior and then in human psychology. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. She has been training dogs professionally since since 1997. She has learned from some of the area's top dog trainers and provides professional mentorship to those who are looking to start a career in dog training. She loves to incorporate games into her training, shape dogs to learn new behaviors and create stable adult dogs using concept training. She specializes in dogs who some may deem difficult to train as well as dogs with reactivity and fear issues.
Charlene Hoch first became interested in dog training when in college. The learning theories were especially intriguing to her. She has been working dogs for over 25 years. She fell in love with working breeds and began her love of dog training with her first Rottweiler. She has trained dogs in tracking, obedience, handler protection, rally, agility, nose work, and conformation. She has titles on several of her dogs in canine good citizen,
rally, agility, nose work, and tricks.
Charlene has had several Rottweilers, a Pumi, a rescued Fromosan Mountain Dog (Taiwain Dog), and a Border Collie. She's learned lots from the different breeds from the most confident Rotty, to a terrified street dog. She describes some of her most rewarding dog training as her dog that would
take down a bad guy to protect her to her fearful rescue dog being able to compete in agility. She's excited to bring the love of training to her classes.