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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 six dogs of her own, a German Shepherd Dog, Abbey-Road and a Collie named Paddington and Mallory, another Papillon! Messner is a rescue papillon who is a new addition and Truro a french bulldog. She lost her beloved dogs, Sweet Pea, also a papillon, in January 2013 and Atlas in 2016. Merlin, the dog who started it all, passed in October 2017. Helen also has 2 cats, 3 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! When not training dogs she is working with her own animals or spending time with her husband and daughters.
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!
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.
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
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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"Vicki has a lot of compassion and knowledge on dogs"
Vicki Bissonnette- Assistant Trainer
Vicki began her studies in 2015 with Leerburg Training and is currently completing her studies with CATCH Canine Training Academy. She is on track to obtain her CPDT (certified professional dog trainer) in 2018. Her Interests in behavior earned her 23 credits in Human Psychology. In addition to Vicki’s current studies, she is a volunteer at an animal shelter, attends seminars such as Fearful Dogs and a wide range of webinars produced by; The Association of Professional Dog Trainers and ASPCApro.
Vicki earned a certificate from Doggone Safe for; Risk assessment & safely handling multiple dogs.
When Vicki was 9 she met her first retired police K-9 and fell in love. She again met another retired police K-9 at the age of 12 and this love was reinforced for the working class dogs. She knew someday she would have a shepherd and fulfilled this dream in 2015 when she found Blaze.
Blaze has been her Inspiration to begin this wonderful journey into canine behavior and training. Vicki plans on continuing her education within the sporting and working class breeds, as she loves the energy this field offers. Downtime is spent exploring NH trails with Blaze, upcycling and decorating.
Karen Chapdelaine – Assistant Trainer
Karen’s German Shepherd CJ is what inspired her to pursue a career in dog training. With CJ being a German Shepherd, most people would just jump to the conclusion that he was an aggressive dog when in reality he was just terrified of what the world had to offer him. After committing to a training plan that focuses on positive reinforcement CJ is now able to enjoy walks in the park, hiking, and a shared love of vintage cars.
Karen loves working with the tough cases, the dogs that people call aggressive but are most likely just misunderstood. Karen has her degree in marketing so she wants to help the mislabeled dogs rebrand themselves. She spends her days walking dogs and caring for pets through her business The Timeless Dog, LLC. She received her dog walking and pet first aid certification through Dog*Tec. She is working towards her certification as a dog trainer. After moving back to New Hampshire from California she knew the best place to start that process would be with No Monkey Business Dog Training.
Christina Gleason – Assistant Trainer
Christina grew up around all kinds of animals and has had a strong love for them since she could walk. She first started horseback riding at the age of 5 and it has taught her the true meaning of a partnership. Her very first job was working in a German shepherd breeding kennel and has experience with many different types of dogs. She has had pets ranging from hedgehogs to parrots, horses and goats and has always had a dog of her own. She has been breeding and showing golden retrievers for the past 10 years. Christina currently has 5 golden retrievers, a cat, and a horse she competes with.
Christina has always had an interest in animal behavior and knows that there is nothing more special than a human animal relationship. She first met Helen when she brought one of her golden retriever puppies maddie, to puppy class, she saw how wonderful Helen was with the puppies and loved the positive reinforcement training methods. She hopes to one day become a head trainer and further her career in animal behavior.
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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.