No Monkey Business Blog

Feb
06

Safety at NMBDT

When you see my car outside NMBDT and know I’m there, it usually always means there’s a consult/class going on or about to start, which can often mean I’m working with significantly aggressive, reactive, fearful and more dogs – towards people, other dogs, children or other animals. Please do not come to the door or try to enter. If you have a consult next wait in your car until the next dog has left so I can get you in safely. Most times if you are interested in chatting or seeing the space I can arrange for you to drop by at a time that is quiet and safe for everyone. I do my absolute best to meet everyone’s needs and get back to people as soon as possible but I…

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Aug
18

Abby

“We adopted Abby, our lab/plott hound mix, last October and began taking her to classes with a local trainer. We committed ourselves to the process and aimed to follow the trainer’s methods, yet we couldn’t help but question what we were taught as Abby grew less confident and more reactive. As an educator (and a human being with a heart), I clearly saw that what we were being asked to do with Abby wasn’t fair to her or to us and ultimately was damaging our relationship. Abby was shaking with anxiety in class. (Quite honestly, so were we.) Then we met Helen: Enter light. Enter knowledge. Enter heart. Enter sense of humor. Enter hope. We began meeting for private sessions and Helen showed us simple ways to work WITH Abby and…

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Mar
05

We are OPEN!!!

The new NMBDT is here, and it’s fabulous!! We are now located at 141 Old Turnpike Road Concord NH 03301 Our new space is bigger, around 2000sqft, and is fully decked out to help you with your dog. We love it, and hope you will to! NMBDT centers around teaching humans how to train their dogs without force, pain or fear. Anything from puppy classes to reactive dog classes to private sessions for aggression, anxiety, manners, you name it. We believe dogs deserve the absolute best, and we strive to bring the latest most up to date knowledge and methods to our human clients so they can help their dogs be the best dog they can be. Come stop by and see us!

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Jan
19

The NEW No Monkey Business Dog Training!

Over the past few months a new and bigger NMBDT has been being constructed. A 2000sqft room with an office and bathroom is going to be next to the new Sandy’s pet food on Old Turnpike Rd in Concord NH. The move in is already happening, with new classes starting in the new and bigger location starting in March! As the new place is finished, I reflect back on where I started at my current facility, 3 years ago. It was a huge leap of faith to open it, having rented spaces and taught at other locations, but I am so glad I did it! Thank you all for your continued support during this time! I cant wait to see you all at the new space!

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Oct
10

The Hopeful Heart Program

NMBDT believes that homeless dogs need all the help they can get. That’s why I am working with the Concord-Merrimack County SPCA and donating a space in one of my level 1 or puppy classes for a dog to come have fun, learn and live a little. The skills he learns will help make him more adoptable and make life a little brighter until his forever home is found. Any help that you can give to the Dazzle and Buster fund will go towards training, treats and supplies that the dog needs while going through the class but donations are NOT required to keep the program going. Every dog deserves a chance to shine, whether they have a home, or are still waiting for their human to find them. Below…

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Oct
10

What kind of dog owner are you?

Almost always in classes or in private consultations, I get asked a question that begins with “How do I stop him from …….” The behavior can be nipping, barking, jumping, etc etc. My answer varies from case to case, but I always insist that people take a look at what their dog is doing and ask themselves, “How do I PREVENT him from …….” or “What can I teach him to do INSTEAD of or BEFORE the …….” By preventing and working with your dog before the bad behavior occurs, you are not only teaching better habits that will stick, but you are not allowing bad habits to grow and become a problem later. By being a proactive dog owner rather than reactive, you are setting your dog up for a lifetime of success.…

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Oct
10

Here Comes the Fall!

It has been forever since I have been able to sit down and write a post for you all! I am so sorry, summer was very busy and there were lots of events and workshops I needed to attend. I am still here though, and excited for what NMBDT will have to offer in the next couple of months. Holiday manners and tricks classes will soon be getting up and running. Holiday manners will begin October 8th at 12pm – 1pm and will be a mix of refresher work, as well as building up the distance and distractions needed for keeping you and your pet sane through the holiday season. We will also do some tricks training (to entertain your guests) and discuss holiday safety rules. Please call or email…

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Oct
10

Pit Bulls and Police Officers

I have been writing this post in my head for a long time now. Years, even. And some of you may think you are going to read something very different by what the title suggests, but this blog is about two subjects that are very near and dear to my heart, and it is my hope that by reading this, some people come away with a new perspective. This past week (May 13th – 19th) is National Police Week, and next week (May 20th – 26th) is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. It seemed only appropriate for me to FINALLY write this blog post now seeing as these two weeks are very important to me both personally and professionally. I am a dog trainer married to a cop. This means I am…

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Oct
10

The Sandy Storm

With “Sandy” approaching the Northeast quickly, I wanted to write a quick reminder to all dog owners and offer some tips to help you and your pets stay safe. Make sure you are fully stocked up on pet food and bottled water and that you have accurate information on your dogs collar. You should also have all your pets medications in an easily accessible place so if you lose power you don’t have to root around. Flashlights, batteries, etc can be kept in this area too. I suggest a large tupperwear container in an easy to find spot. Prepare a place in your home for your pet to go should the storm become worrying for them. A crate, covered by blankets hidden under the stairs or in a closet may be helpful.…

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