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Helen St. Pierre
"Helen is a true treasure of a dog trainer"
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.
She 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 five dogs of her own, a German Shepherd Dog, Abbey-Road and a Papillon, Merlin, a Collie named Paddington and Mallory, another Papillon! Messner is a rescue papillon who is a new addition! She lost her beloved dogs, Sweet Pea, also a papillon, in January 2013 and Atlas in 2016. Helen also has, cats, parrots, and a daughter Grace. 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!
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!
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
Katie Gilpatrick, CPDT-KA – 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 has a lot of compassion and knowledge on dogs"
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.
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's experience at the SPCA is so helpful!"
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.
Cheryl Cornett – Assistant Trainer
Cheryl has loved and shared her life with dogs since childhood. But it was her pit bull Rose, beautiful, deaf, and fearful who became Cheryl’s muse and put her on the path to becoming a certified, professional dog trainer. Cheryl is fascinated by the science behind canine behavior and how dogs learn. A former student of the renowned Bailey-Farhoody chicken camps, she clicker trained several chickens before deciding to further her education at CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. She will graduate the Masters Class in the fall of 2017.
Cheryl is passionate about enhancing communication between humans and their dogs in a way that’s enjoyable for both species. A volunteer at Pope Memorial SPCA, she teaches monthly kennel enrichment classes to interested community members, as well as working directly with the dogs in the shelter. She’s dedicated to improving their lives by making their stay as stress-free as possible, through training, walks, and play sessions. At home, Cheryl enjoys hiking with her dog Finn, a good-natured Chocolate Lab. Her wonderful foster failure, an engaging pit bull named Bess, is her Barn Hunting buddy. Bess holds a RAT-O title in the sport, with hopes of earning her RAT-S title this summer.
Cheryl invites you and your canine companion to come see just how much fun you’ll have at No Monkey Business Dog Training, learning skills that will enhance your relationship while you forge a bond that will last a lifetime.
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"Olivia's experience with pit bulls was so helpful to have!"
Olivia Miller – Assistant Trainer
Olivia grew up in a animal loving family, there was always dogs and cats running around. At age 5 Olivia’s grandmother went behind her parents back and got her a Shih Tzu, this was Olivia’s first dog. She named him Lucky (because she was lucky to keep him). Lucky’s name came through for him too, he survived a 5 year old’s love and care, an owls consistent attacks during the night, and living with a older German Shepard mix, and two black labs. Olivia had Lucky for a long time, almost 15 years, but in his elderly age he developed some health condition which caused him to be put down.
A year later Olivia could stop thinking about the pidder padder of a puppy. She started dreaming of having her own dog again. Like fate with in a week Olivia met a woman who had accident puppies and needed them to go as soon as they were 8 weeks old. She had 7 girls and 1 boy, and that boy became Olivia’s Cyrus. Cyrus was a new beginning for Olivia, and although her family had never trained any of their animals before, Olivia wanted Cyrus trained. At 8 weeks old Olivia got Cyrus into class, and he was doing so well. He was so smart and so determined to please when working together. On the last day of the 6 week class (Graduation Day) the trainer brought her demo dog in. This demo dog attacked Cyrus over a milk bone, after that Cyrus developed fear aggression and Olivia was very hesitant to bring Cyrus to another trainer.
A couple months went by and Olivia was trying to find the best trainer for Cyrus as his reactions were getting worse and worse. This is when an animal specialist for Florida reached out to her with the company name No Monkey Business Dog Training With Helen. Helen worked with Cyrus and Olivia and helped create a relationship that is unbreakable. Helen stabilized Olivia and Cryus, and now almost three years later Cyrus is almost an angel and Olivia has adopted a Staffordshire Terrier mix named Ginger (so she start all over again!).
Today Olivia is an assistant for Helen at No Monkey business Dog Training so one day she can become a Certified dog Trainer and help people and animals create the relationship that they deserve and also help them keep their sanity, just as Helen did for Olivia. It’s hard to imagine how Olivia’s life would have been if she never would of met Helen, and it’s Olivia’s hope to also be that helpful, resourceful, and committed trainer for those who are in need of one.
Brittany Paquette – Assistant Trainer
Brittany has been around dogs since she was a kid, and always knew she wanted to work with them. She started gaining as much knowledge as she could by observing dog training classes and watching Helen. Still to this day she am learning more than she ever thought possible. In the future she have hopes of opening her own Doggy Daycare for large breed dogs.