Instructors

Specialty Classes


Fran Hellman

Specialties: Breed Handling

Fran Hellman has been handling dogs for over 30 years. Her breeds are Golden Retrievers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She has finished nine champions—six, her homebred Cavaliers—handling some of these dogs to Best of Breed, Group placements, Best Owner/Handler, several Best of Winners, Winners Bitch, Winners Dog, Best Veteran and Best Puppy in Show. Fran has won majors at specialty shows, AKC and CKCSC-USA. She has also, on occasion, handled Goldens and Cavaliers for other people. 

Fran has successfully bred Cavaliers for 10 years under the prefix "Sunjays." Many of those dogs placed with other owners have achieved various titles in different venues, including obedience, agility, and pet therapy. Fran has trained several dogs to various AKC performance titles and has certified several therapy dogs. She is a CPDT-KA and the owner of Four Paws Guidance Dog Training LLC.

Contact Fran at sunjaysgrs@aol.com


Marty Levy

Specialties: Disc Dog

Marty Levy has been competing with his disc dogs for more than 15 years. His Border Collies Penny, Nan and Meg compete in disc and often demonstrate the sport. Nan competes in distance events and little Meg has already been successful in distance and freestyle events, winning a combined championship in her first novice Skyhoundz New Jersey State Championship. This past summer Meg was second Novice dog in the Open Division at the Skyhoundz Northeast Regional Qualifiers. She was also first Micro dog and second Overall in the combined Freestyle/Distance and accuracy of last year's Skyhoundz New York State Championships.

Marty enjoys nothing more than teaching handlers and their teammates how much fun playing disc with your dog can be. Marty teaches handlers to throw and dogs to catch with a systematic approach that emphasizes dog safety and fun.

When not training his dogs, Marty is a professor of human orthopaedics and a program director for a residency program in orthopaedic surgery. He has contributed to Clean Run magazine, writing articles on issues of injury to dogs participating in agility. He has a good slant on what makes dogs succeed, physically and mentally, and he's not so bad with humans, either.


Jenn Michaelis, CPDT-KA

Specialties: Clicker Training, Rally FrEe, Freestyle

Jenn Michaelis is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen program, and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She began her training career in 2003 teaching group dog training classes in Missoula, Montana and began teaching at Port Chester Obedience Training Club in 2011. Owner of SassyT Canine Academy, she also serves a variety of private training clients throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties. Her classes include all levels of family manners obedience, freestyle, and tricks classes. She also enjoys instructing K9 games classes, dog fitness, and CGC/TDI prep classes. 

Jenn is committed to training dogs with force-free positive-reinforcement training techniques that are fun, effective, and easy to learn. She enjoys empowering and educating dog guardians to create a rewarding experience where the dog becomes a cherished family member. Though blessed to have shared her life with SO many amazing dogs, Jenn is the proud doggy-mom of Terra, her five-year-old Cane Corso, and Ringo, her adopted 7-year-old Chinese Crested. They both train in agility, obedience, freestyle, and nose work. She is an active freestyle competitor with the Musical Dog Sport Association, and she also follows her dog’s nose at K9 Nose Work Trials with the National Association of Canine Scent Work. 

 Contact Jenn at jenn_michaelis@yahoo.com