Meet the Trainers

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Helen St. Pierre

"Helen is a true treasure of a dog trainer"

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Helen St. Pierre – Owner, Head Trainer, CPDT-KSA, CDBC, OSCT

Helen is the owner and operator of No Monkey Business Dog Training. Based in Concord New Hampshire, she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and a Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT). Helen has been training dogs for over 12 years. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and is a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. Helen is also a licensed Dogs and Storks presenter, a licensed Dogs and Toddlers presenter, and a certified AKC evaluator.

Helen’s skills range from basic obedience to behavior modification of serious problems including aggression as well as service dog training. Helen is always doing one on one behavior consultations, and Helen teaches classes locally in the Concord, New Hampshire area and offers workshops and seminars on a variety of subjects all around New England. Helen is constantly going to continuing education seminars to learn more about the fascinating world of dog behavior, and she has been featured on the radio, in print, and on T.V. for her work! She volunteers countless hours at the local SPCA and works with homeless dogs to help them learn skills to find a home faster.

happy-dogShe has worked as a trainer for the humane society rehabilitating aggressive dogs, and helping homeless dogs find the right home. She also was the volunteer 4-H dog club leader, and taught basic obedience at a prestigious training academy in Durango, Colorado. She is educated in canine behavior and has a strong foundation of knowledge on the psychological principles and applications of dog training. Helen has both the academic and hands-on skills that make for a great trainer and behavior consultant.

Helen has four dogs of her own, a German Shepherd Dog, Abbey-Road and a Papillon, Merlin, a Collie named Paddington and Mallory, another Papillon! She lost her beloved dogs, Sweet Pea, also a papillon, in January 2013 and Atlas in 2016. She takes great pride in her work and treats every animal she trains as if it were her own, making your training experience motivating and enjoyable!

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Brandi Dubuque

"Brandi is so helpful and great with the dogs"

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Brandi Dubuque – Head Trainer ABCDT, CPDT-KA

Brandi grew up with a love of dogs and all things cute and furry, wanting to be a Vet. A math and needle phobia as well as knowing she could not handle the task of sending pets over “the rainbow bridge” lead her away from that career path and into the field of Early Childhood Education, where she has remained for the last 15 years. Over the years her passion for animals has remained strong as well as developing a passion for the metaphysical.

Brandi decided in 2011 to blend her two passions and received her Reiki I and II attunements and began practicing on her own pets as well as family and friends animals. She then decided she wanted to bring energy work into the field of dog training and applied to Animal Behavior College, graduating the program with honors receiving her dog training certificate (ABCDT). She is also the owner of Paws in Harmony LLC providing energy work to animals through the use of Reiki, essential oils and crystals.

Brandi is very dedicated and continues to take classes and workshops in the dog training field to keep her education and practices as current and up-to-date as possible and is now a certified CPDT-KA.

Brandi always has at least 2 dogs in her household, she currently has four furry family members, Tyson a 14 year old Yorkie, Risa a 5 year old Chihuahua, Bruno a 5 year old French Bulldog and her newest member an adopted 5 year old Puggle, Brooklyn.

Brandi looks forward to working with you and your furry family members!

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Rory McNeill

"Rory is worth his weight in gold!!"

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Rory McNeill – Assistant Trainer, ABCDT

My name is Rory McNeill; I grew up loving all living creatures thanks to my mom. Being in cub scouts got me to love being outdoors and I grew a huge passion for wildlife.  I love being outdoors, going on long hikes and watching wild life. At 1 point growing up my mom had  9 cats,  1 hamster, 1 dog which was a male chowchow  who bit me in the face when I was about 9 years old ( because I gave him a slice of cheese, than acted like I was going to eat the cheese with him) he had Resource Guarding issues.  I also lived with the occasional squirrel, chipmunk or bird that came in contact with one of the house cats. My mom would try and bring them back to health (sometimes it did not work). I’ve always known I wanted to work with animals for a living.  Right now I don’t currently have an animal of my own, but my parents have a Chowchow/shepherd mix named Kholi 5 years of age and a beagle named Buddy 7 years of age. 1 tiger cat that I got under the Christmas tree 19 years ago named Kittery and a tuxedo cat named Stewie who is 7 years of age. I got my Dog Training Certification (ABCDT) from Animal Behavioral College and I am currently learning about Cat training. I want to pursue getting further education about animal behavior and would like to work wi

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Katie Gilpatrick

"Katie is so kind and gentle with the puppies!"

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Katie Gilpatrick – Head Trainer

Katie Gilpatrick began her career in dog training as an assistant to Helen St. Pierre early 2014. She has worked with Brandi, Rory, Jay, and Liz and is so grateful to be a part of the No Monkey Business team! Due to the amazing knowledge of Helen and the other trainers, the classes, and resources available, she hopes to have her CPDT-KA within the year.

When Katie is not in class of the dog training sort, she spends her days as a full time Preschool/Kindergarten Montessori Assistant Teacher. In doing both highly interactive and rewarding professions, she has realized how similar dogs and children are. Both require patience, love, and respect to reap the hard work we put in. In addition, it is important to be knowledgeable on the most current science based methods of dog training (and child training.) Katie achieves this through reading and immersing herself in as many references as possible, volunteering at the SPCA with Helen, attending classes, and learning from each dog she has an interaction with.

Katie’s interest in dog training originated with her siberian husky, Margo: a sweet, loving adolescent dog, who finally has her CGC. Time spent in many classes with Helen, triumphs celebrated, as well as tears shed over struggles of training, have shown what it means to be a dog parent. The entire journey is to create a relationship with your dog, and that’s what Katie aims to do in classes with you and yours; create a loving, fun, and rewarding bond through collaboration, excitement, and support.

 

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Liz Kemp

"Liz has a lot of compassion and knowledge on dogs"

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Elizabeth Kemp- Assistant Trainer

I’ve been around dogs since the day I was born. My family had two toy poodles (my mom is allergic and they are hypoallergenic!) their names were Corky and Candy. Much to my mothers dismay, I started riding horses with my sister at a very young age and continue to do so. I coach the Hillsborough-Deering Equestrian team. We had to board our horses at various barns growing up because of our mothers allergy and space issues. In doing that I was exposed to many different breeds of dogs from JRTs to shepherds, huskies, pyrs, pitties, Newfies and a ton more. As much as I love horses, I also love dogs. Having them around the barn was always a comfort and dogs have just always been a constant in my life. I took courses for human health professions when I learned what was required for vets and even pre veterinary medicine (math isn’t my strong point!), though being a farm girl, I’ve used more veterinary medicine than I have human medicine practice! I volunteer with Helen because not only do I love dogs but I believe we owe it to them to have well informed owners that know how to train their dogs properly and compassionately and well. I hope to continue to volunteer for a long time and continue to learn from Helen and get certified, work more like she does, work with the community and shelter dogs, and possibly go on to work with other animals and of course more dogs! I have a 3 year old German Shepherd named Delilah who was trained at NMBDT and I couldn’t ask for a better dog! She’s my best friend and my rock.

 

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Jay Janelle

"Jay was so thorough and funny!"

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Jay Janelle – Assistant Trainer

A native of New England, Jay Janelle is an avid outdoors person and loves taking adventures with his wife and their two dogs Batai, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Rosie, a Pit Bull.  Jay and his wife enjoy taking the dogs camping and hiking in the White Mountains and wherever else their feet carry them.  Jay completed the 48 New Hampshire 4000 footers in 2012 with his wife and they are now restarting the journey with their dogs.  He has always been an animal lover and, in addition to his dogs, he has two cats.  As any veterinarian or animal trainer will tell you, most of working with animals is really about working with their human owners.  An early lesson from Helen’s classes was that she is not training the dogs – she is training the humans to train the dogs. Jay has spent his career managing operations and staff at different small businesses across the country.  With over a decade of experience in the management and training of humans, Jay quickly realized this experience could translate directly into helping out with Helen’s classes. Through his experiences as both a manager and a pet owner, he has seen how positive reinforcement can achieve desired results with humans as well as with animals.  He is excited to learn more from Helen and help others create bonds and train their dogs in a positive and enjoyable way.

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Emily Dwyer

"Emily's experience at the SPCA is so helpful!"

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Emily Dwyer – Assistant Trainer

I took over my sisters long hair chihuahua mix Munchie when he hurt his leg and needed a quiet place to heal, and kept him when it was clear a less hectic household made him happier. Once he was healed I decided to get us help with his incessant fear based barking at everyone he didn’t know in the form of private lessons with Helen. I would see (and hear)him start to relax. He went from being an anxious and undersocialized 8 year old, to a more relaxed and confident puppy who has a new zest for life and learning. The results amazed me and I, being a bit of a shy person, gathered up some confidence and asked Helen about dog training and to my surprise was offered the opportunity to watch her in action. The relationships that dogs form with us humans and with each other has always inspired me. Their ability to overcome unfortunate situations and treatment, and desire they seem to always have to please us make them great subjects to learn about and from. In addition to learning from dogs, Helen, and her staff, I now work for the Pope Memorial SPCA and volunteer at the Friends of the Manchester animal shelter. My goal is to be able to help shelter dogs learn some skills that will help them find forever homes and with enough practice and persistence I know I can make a difference.