Meet Our Expert Pet Trainers

Meet Our Expert Pet Trainers

Our friendly and experienced training staff enjoy teaching people and their canine companions.  We use positive reinforcement training methods that are enjoyable and effective in training your dog to be well behaved family companions, as well as motivated canine competitors.  Our trainers continue to expand their working knowledge of dog training and learning by attending many seminars, trials and classes annually.  Several of our instructors are Certified Professional Dog Trainers, and others are currently working on requirements to become CPDTs. 

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Rachel Brostrom, CPDT-KA, CAP2
Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
Training Center Manager

Trainer- Basic Training Classes, Agility, Competition Obedience, Rally Obedience, Canine Good Citizen| 603-352-9011 x206

Rachel has been training and showing dogs for over 20 years. She is a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, and a Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the American Kennel Club. Rachel is also a Judge and Trial Official for World Cynosport (WCRL) Rally and CDSP Obedience, and ACT Test (Agility Course Test) Evaluator.

Rachel's competitive spirit, interest in training and showing, and love of dogs began as a child and continued into adulthood. Rachel and her family have constantly shared their home with dogs that she trains and successfully competes with in agility, competition obedience, rally obedience, herding and conformation. For more than ten years, Rachel and her canine companions have earned hundreds of titles in these events. Currently, she is training and competing with her Australian Shepherds, Georgia and Bruno at some of the highest levels of Agility, Rally and Competition Obedience.

Rachel holds degrees in Biology and Education, and brings her experience as a school teacher to her classes. She has found that her teaching and dog training work hand-in-hand by the fact that humans are a lot like dogs in their need for positive reinforcement, good motivators, clear boundaries and consistency. Through teaching and training, Rachel enjoys helping people have fun and enrich their relationship with their dog.

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Administration | 603-352-9011 x112

Alice has been working with the MHS  and the Training Center for the past 15 years helping answer training class questions, register for dog training classes and workshops, and organizing our Training Center events.  Over the years, Alice has also helped with other MHS events including the Walk for Animals and our annual Handcrafted for the Holidays craft fair. 

Meet Our Expert Pet TrainersAmee Abel, CPDT-KA, CAP2

Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed

Trainer- Basic Training Classes, Canine Good Citizen, Therapy Dog Training, Rally Obedience and Rally FrEe

Amee Abel is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT.) She is an approved Tester/Observer for Alliance of Therapy Dogs and an approved Evaluator for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen program. She teaches a variety of classes at Monadnock Humane Society. Additionally, she has availability for private lessons here at MHS.

In her classes, Amee makes training fun for both the dog and the person.  She uses dog friendly training methods that are fast and effective, with an emphasis on helping handlers prepare their dogs to be well mannered whether they are out in public or around their home. She frequently uses role-playing and games to help students prepare their dogs for real-life situations.

Amee became interested in the healing power of the human/animal bond when she witnessed how her family’s dog worked magic with her disabled child. As a Tester/Observer for Alliance of Therapy Dogs, she has helped many Monadnock region dog owners get started doing volunteer visits, and looks forward to helping many more.  “There is a huge need for therapy dog teams to volunteer at schools, assisted living facilities, and hospitals,” she says.    Amee also leads our Monadnock Therapy Pets meetings which occur monthly at MHS.  As a frequent and successful competitor in Rally, Obedience, Freestyle, and Agility, Amee feels that “Dog sports are a great way to build the bond between you and your dog,” she says. “They take you beyond sit, stay, come and give you a way to celebrate your teamwork.”

Amee is constantly expanding her knowledge by studying with other world-class trainers.  Over many years of training and learning,  she has attended seminars with Suzanne Clothier, Dr. Ian Dunbar, and Susan Garrett.  At the heart of Amee’s style is the belief that living with dogs should be joyful for both the people and the dogs


Duke Champney

Trainer- Basic Training Classes, Canine Good Citizen

Duke has had a lifelong interest in dog training. He has successfully trained many well mannered family canine companions. In 2008, Duke began volunteering at the Monadnock Humane Society. He focused his volunteer time by training shelter dogs, especially the more energetic dog. As a result of his successful work with the shelter dogs, Duke attended and graduated from the Monadnock Trainer's Academy in 2009. Since his graduation, Duke was a valuable assistant in all classes, and started teaching training classes offered at MHS in 2009. He is a Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowlege Assessed in 2011.

Duke's breed preference is the energetic Boxer. Duke currently lives with two Boxers, and his previous Boxer Kiah, pictured here, turned into an accomplished canine learner via Duke's excellent clicker skills. Energetic, rowdy dogs are the type of dogs that Duke likes to train. He has experience working with rambunctious shelter dogs, giving them some self control skills.

Diane photoDiane Gibbons, KPA-CTP

Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Training Partner Trainer

Trainer- Agility and Specialty Offerings

Diane is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and a  graduate and certified training partner of the Karen Pryor Academy of  Animal Training and Behavior . She has been competing in agility  for 18 years, and has earned three championships in the CPE agility venue, along with other titles in USDAA, DOCNA, and NADAC.  Currently, she competes with her miniature Australian Shepherds, Dash and Bryn, along with her beautiful Windsprite, Chai. Diane also enjoys training and competing in Rally Obedience and Canine Musical Freestyle.

Diane specializes in bringing together the principles of awareness  practice, positive training methods, and “conscious cuing” into her work with dogs. She thinks that there is nothing better than feeling  completely in sync as partners with your dog. She strives to help people reach that level of communication through agility training



Ashley Lang, CPDT-KA  

Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed

Trainer-Basic Training Classes, Canine Good Citizen and Specialty Offerings

Ashley Lang is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT.)  Her passion for dogs  has been strong for many years. After adopting her first dog, Roxy, from Monadnock Humane Society, she started volunteering her time on weekends, and quickly began assisting in agility and obedience classes at the Training Center. In addition to assisting in classes, Ashley has also worked with other animal shelters and individuals to assess dogs and help with behavior issues. These experiences have helped her develop her training and teaching style. She has competed in agility with her MHS rescue Roxy for a few years, along with a second dog, Issabelle.  Both of Ashley's dogs have given her a love for rescue dogs. Her experiences have pushed her into becoming a trainer.

Whether you are a first time dog owner, or just want to have some bonding time with your dog, Ashley believes structured classes are wonderful for any human/dog team. With a strong belief in the power of positive reinforcement and a degree in Psychology, Ashley's behavioral approach to training is fun and productive. She loves teaching the basic training classes, and is able to help you whether wanting a well-behaved family companion or future competition dog.

Also an elementary school teacher, Ashley loves working with children and dogs, and has found that teaching the people how to communicate better with their pets helps build a strong foundation.

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Cindy Stewart

Trainer- Agility and Specialty Offerings

Cindy has been training and competing in agility for over 10 years and enjoys the challenges in USDAA, CPE, NADAC and TDAA agility. She has participated in the USDAA Nationals and CPE Nationals, placing in her divisions. Cindy has trained with many accomplished agility instructors and world-class competitors including Susan Salo, Elicia Clahoun, Mary Ellen Barry, and others. Cindy enjoys teaching for the Monadnock Humane Society and coaching others for the CATS Agility Club. She teaches our  popular Competition Agility classes here at MHS.