Companion Dog Instructors
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.
Peyton has loved dog training since she was a little kid. She grew up in a family that always had dogs around, which naturally led her to an interest in training. Growing up she had two mini aussies that launched her passion for figuring out how to motivate dogs. One of them was reactive and neither of them had a natural desire to work, so she dove into classes at a local dog training facility and lessons with a behaviorist to learn everything she could. She was obsessed with trick training and learned a ton about how dogs learn and creating behaviors by trial and error to see what would achieve the results she wanted. These two dogs were the foundation of her understanding of dog training and got her hooked on all things dog sports.
When she could finally have a dog of her own, she got her first Border Collie, Dash. Dash was a difficult young dog with her fair share of issues, but those issues helped Peyton continue to develop her skills on how to meet a dog’s emotional needs while shaping them into a more confident, happy member of society. Dash has come a long way and is now a skilled agility dog with a bright future. At 3 years old she’s currently competing in the masters level in UKI, USDAA and AKC and preparing to tryout for world teams. After Dash, Peyton decided to delve into the Belgian Malinois world and got Vivid. Vivid is training for agility, but she was also Peyton’s first step into the mondioring world. Mondioring is one of the most difficult protection sports and is comprised of 3 phases: obedience, jumping, and protection. It’s been a really exciting new journey to learn how to be successful in such a complicated sport.
Peyton has a deep passion for developing drive and engagement in dogs. No dog training is possible without a dog having a strong foundation to want to work for you. She hopes to develop all of her students’ love for creating a strong relationship with their dogs.
Brenna held a strong interest in all animals from a very young age and started working with dogs at an animal shelter in junior high school. She adopted her first dog, Ozai, a chihuahua/rat terrier mix, and it soon became apparent that he had various behavior challenges, and this is what got her interested in dog training. She worked him through his sensitivities and aggression problems after spending countless hours studying learning theory and training methods. Ozai went on to earn titles in obedience, tricks, and rally, with rally being his sport of choice, making it to AKC Rally Nationals in 2021. As he is retiring from dog sports, Brenna got her second dog, a young border collie named Zuko. He was also a rescue dog and came with new challenges. He has been in training for his fear reactivity and other issues and is starting to be able to confidently participate in dog sport training. Brenna loves seeing the progress that can be made for the more challenging dogs with extra time and effort. She works to make training as fun as possible for human and dog alike by breaking up training into small, simple games that build a strong foundation and foster joy.
Brenna started teaching dog training professionally in 2018 and is working towards earning her bachelor's degree in Psychology as well as her CPDT-KA certification.