Fran Hellman, CPDT-KA

Owner/Lead Trainer


Fran has lived with dogs her whole life. From Athena, her family’s Doberman to her many Golden Retrievers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. 

She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and attends dog training conferences, seminars and workshops to continue to improve and grow as a trainer. 

With an impressive background of success at high level competition obedience and owner handling her show dogs to championships, Fran has attained several AKC titles on several dogs for over 30 years.

As a professional dog trainer, Fran’s passion is to help dog owner’s with their goals for their dogs. Whatever the goals are. Not all dogs are cut out for dog shows and not all owners want to do competitive sports with their dogs. If their goal is to get their dog to stop jumping up, or to stop pulling on walks, or to manage an exuberant puppy, Fran can help them. Four Paws Guidance Dog Training LLC was started in 2010 with the intent to guide dog owner’s with their individual training needs. She also teaches group classes.

Fran is a Canine Good Citizen and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator. She believes that dogs are capable of being well-mannered members of their communities. She is also a Trick Dog evaluator.

Fran is pictured above with her homebred cavalier, CH Sunjays Kiss Me Kate, and below with 

CH Goodtime’s Gone Country CDX, NA, NAJ, CGC, Reg. Therapy Dog and Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ) 


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