My clients’ success is my goal, so these reviews mean the world to me
“I was so grateful to find Fran and her handling class. She was immediately warm and welcoming to a novice handler. Her method was accommodating to each skill level, and the skills I developed through her class helped boost my confidence enormously… and win!” –Adam
“We hired Fran for help with our new Golden Retriever. I highly recommend her! She is very patient and incredible with her positive training. We reinforce everything she has taught and showed us with our Yogi! It’s incredible to see how quickly and awesome our puppy is responding to all the commands she taught. I cannot wait to continue our training.” –Patricia W. Haverstraw
“Hi Fran– A brag. At the South County Kennel Club show in Richmond, RI yesterday with 9-12 month puppy bitch Alex. WB, BOW, BOB and best of all a Group 1 in Owner Handler. \Yay to me and Alex and kudus to you for all your help and training!” –Kathie & Alex
“Fran is not just a talented trainer, she is our own ‘dog whisperer.’ From the first time she met our smart but naughty puppy, I watched her interact with her in a special way. We have five sons and lots of dogs have been part of our family over the years so I am very familiar with dog trainers. Fran’s techniques are gentle, loving and effective. She was able to vary her training techniques to suit my puppy’s personality. As one of my sons is a veterinarian with his own hospital, I have access to the best professional, unbiased advice. Fran more than meets his high standards for training a puppy in our family. I knew my puppy was learning to react to my requests after a few lessons but what was unexpected for me was that a sort of ‘understanding’ developed between my puppy and me that went far beyond that. Fran taught me how to communicate with my new dog that goes far beyond just teaching good behavior.” — JoEllen Suffern
“Hi Fran, I just wanted to drop you a note to say THANK YOU for all the classes, guidance and information and to let you know that Johnny got WD and BOW both days this weekend in Rhode Island for a total of 4 POINTS!!! I am over the moon and can’t wait for the next class and the next show! See you soon!” –Rox and Johnny
“Although Jessie and I did not win anything this weekend, I have to tell you a few things.
1- people thought I had been taking lessons a lot longer than I have!
2- we had a TON of fun!
3- Jessie did great!
She really did awesome. I was so proud of her. Thank you for all your help. I’m looking forward to coming back to class soon. I think we are making some good progress with you! You were in my head the whole time (in a good way). I made some mistakes but we have been practicing & doing our training and she did so good. Thanks for everything.” –Tammy and Jessie
“Hi Fran, Just wanted to let you know that Rory took 4th place in the Open Bitch class at our National Specialty. The class was big, with lots of older and more experienced bitches. I am very happy. Plus, she showed beautifully. Her free stack has really come along and our work with you truly showed! Thanks again for all your encouragement, support, wisdom, and indispensable training tips!” –Patti
“Dear Fran, Your patience with this novice team paid off. Your step by step guidance, in a very short period of only a few weeks, gave us the tools to know what to do in the show ring. Constantly repeating the gestures, doing run-throughs and mock trials gave me the confidence I needed to show Dahra and bring out the best in her. A big thank you from both of us for your attentive care in helping us through this, our first show!” –Ebba and Dahra
“In just 7 sessions and with no prior handling experience, Fran instilled enough confidence in me to show my dog at the National Specialties. My second dog show, we won two majors, Select Dog, two days in a row. Thank you, Fran, for all your help and your never ending commitment to help us succeed.” –Slavka
“It has been a rewarding and empowering experience working with Fran Hellman of Four Paws Guidance Dog Training. Her instruction gave me the tools and confidence to help my dog with a gentle way of training, and the results are a happy dog and grateful and better owner. I could not be more pleased, and would highly recommend her.” –Christine and Valentino (Registered Therapy Dog)
“Fran is a very supportive and patient trainer. She really shows you how to bond and become a team with your dog. I am now a proud owner of a therapy dog as a result of Fran’s training.” –Kim and Lexi (Registered Therapy Dog)
“Jara received her first 2 points at the National Dog Show, and then 2 three point majors at the Valley Forge Shows. A million thanks goes to you Fran! Without your guidance and our time together this would not have been possible. The truth is we need more classes with you. Nothing about presenting a dog in conformation is simple, and we need practice, practice, practice.
Jara and I NEED to see you soon. You are amazing! Jara and I thank you for your help in getting us to this point. You gave me the confidence to believe in my Lioness. We love you.” — Jara and Rose
“Fran Hellman is an honest-to-goodness dog whisperer. She can get my dogs to do anything. Plus she treats them with love, respect and understanding. Her guidance has been so helpful to me in raising them and protecting them. I recommend Four Paws Guidance without reservation.” –Wylene
“When I adopted my 6 month old puppy I was overwhelmed and unsure as to many things including how to transition Romeo into my home, groom him, general health maintenance and training. Fran came to my rescue. Not only did she put me at ease but Romeo as well with her incredible “crate side” manor. It is clear that her relationship with my dog is just as important to her as the one she has with me. One session was all that it took for me to learn how to file his nails and brush his teeth. Fran gave me tips to make Romeo comfortable in his new surroundings as well as information on day to day health care and training. Fran’s guidance is second to none, her knowledge is very broad and continually addresses all of my questions and concerns. Her love for what she does comes across not only through her expertise but also in the way she so easily connects with me and more importantly Romeo.” –Lenore