Monkeyshine Kennels | Bird and Gun Dog Trainers of Michigan

For more than 50 years, Monkeyshine Kennels has been an industry leader in gun and bird dog training in Michigan. Headquartered in Leroy, we offer excellent training grounds and are proud to be the only gun and bird dog training facility that offers two training trips per year, one to North Dakota and one to Georgia. 

Dedicated to providing the best training available, our gun and bird dog trainers treat each hunting dog with the utmost care, as if he or she were one of our own. 

In our third generation of family ownership, Monkeyshine Kennels will teach your dog proper habits while hunting. Our training programs include puppy development, basic gun dog training, field trial training and more. We also provide a wide range of bird species, training your dog to retrieve the birds you’re likely to encounter in any corner of the country.

Our training staff is skilled at handling dogs of all obedience levels, including problematic pups. Contact us today and ask about our upcoming training courses.

Our History 

Mario was born in 1927 in Italy and came to this country by himself as a young boy. His parents had sent him to be with family in the U.S. in hopes of a better life for him. He served in WWII and was employed by the Ford Motor Company. He retired in 1989. Mario married Shirley Mohn in Detroit in 1950. They had four children. Mario purchased his first German Shorthaired Pointer from Ralph Terrill in 1956.

Mario and Shirley DiMambro were very active members of our Michigan club. They began with German Shorthaired Pointers and Field Trials when Mario and Shirley while out for a drive happened by Highland Recreation Area in Highland Michigan . A field trial was in progress, and Mario and Shirley stopped to watch the event. Soon Mario was attending these events. He joined the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Michigan in 1957 and he remained a member until 1997 when they moved from Dearborn Heights to Leroy Michigan. Mario and Shirley were awarded Lifetime Honorary membership for their service to the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Michigan.

Most of Mario’s success came with young dogs. He handled two Futurity winners and several other dogs that gained placements. He also finish five dogs as AKC Field Champions. During the years Mario was active with the GSPCA National Championships and he acted as stake, manager for the all age Championship. He was also active with the National German Shorthaired Pointer Association region four championship. Acting as Field Trial Chairman for many years. His wife Shirley said he worked dogs in some form or another until his health failed.

Our Story

On February 15th 1960. The mother Sue, and Pepper the father were haughty parents of nine elegant looking pups. It wasn’t until they were eight weeks old that Mario had the chance to first look at his-to-be-champ Rick’s Monkeyshine. She first struck Mario’s attention when she was the only one of the litter-box and when they were all let out, she would be the leader of the gang. Skidding around the basement corners. A watch pot never boils. So Mario decided she would be his, only to find out to his disappointment she was also the breeder’s choice.

Luckily, Mario knew the breeder Ralph Terrill. Mario hurried home, to make a phone call and after a long discussion, Ralph and Mario reached an agreement. And she was brought home the very same night. Within a week she got to know the household quite well. Her friskiness being the reason for her call name “Pep” Mario was asked many times where he got her name. Mario explained that Rick his second oldest son was promised that the next pup he purchased. He could name it. “Monkeyshine” came from a tune his oldest son was learning to play on his accordion and this is how they picked her name.

Monkeyshine Kennel is still in existence today this is due to Mario’s Grandson Dan DiMambro. Dan has followed in his Grandfathers footsteps and continues to successfully compete in Field Trials and carry’s on the Monkeyshine name.

Dan DiMambro

"I am not a trainer that takes dogs that are not going to be worked and only will take the number of dogs I feel confident will get my utmost attention."

I have spent my entire life around bird dogs. My grandfather, Mario DiMambro, started the kennel 50 years ago. My grandfather &  grandmother, Shirley, spent the last fifty years owning, breeding & training bird dogs for all of the various activities they & their customers were involved in. Many dogs now competing and winning in American Field, AKC, NSTRA, and HUNT TESTS carry the Monkeyshine name in their pedigree's. 
My grandfather died in May of 2008. For a few years prior to his death I was privileged to accompany him on several training and trialing adventures. We were trying to finish his last dog FC MONKEYSHINE'S M GO BLUE MAXIMUM, and we accomplished it! It was a great experience for me and I was grateful for the opportunity to spend the last few years of my grandfather's life watching and learning  from a man so dedicated and passionate about bird dogs. He told me that he could not think of anything else that for him, could have taken the place of competing with high class bird dogs.
I have been training dogs professionally since 2010. I started by training a few good hunting dogs. Now I am training and handling competition field trial dogs as well as training hunting dogs.
I want to thank you for taking the time to visit our web site.  I enjoy what I do and everyday I am grateful to do what I love.
Contact me with any questions that you might have.

Dan DiMambro

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