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Fran is outstanding! She has a very calming method of training. And she has proved that you can teach an old (7) dog new tricks (commands)! Would highly recommend Fran!Oct 4, 2015Verified
My husband and I brought two lab puppies and a kitten home the same day. We are pet people and have always had multiple animals. Multiple puppies was not part of our experience. We bit off a bit too much! When they were five months we decided we needed help. We did our due diligence and found Fran. She came to our home to meet us and the girls and to ascertain our needs, goals for our girls. Fran took them for about two weeks and when they came home they were soooo much more manageable and calmer. We took them to the sheep dog trials at Rural Hill and were amazed at how well behaved, perfect, they were. We have a young granddaughter and have been concerned about jumping because she's only 1+. She is used to being around dogs and even being knocked down, but then they are her dogs. Fran is going to take our girls for a solo week each after Thanksgiving for a little extra attention on counter cursing and other puppy behavior. They are labs! We have been very pleased with her training, incite, and advice. We also found her rates to be very reasonable. We do recommend her to anyone needing help with their furry friends.Nov 18, 2014Verified
We are very pleased to have had our new family member trained by Fran at Lake Norman Natural Dog Training. Lexie arrived to us spunky but with good manners and crate trained. Fran even took her back while we were on vacation. An awesome experience! I would highly recommend her.Sep 10, 2015
For the last 2 years Fran has worked with me and my service dag and she is wonderful. Her knowledge and caring show in everything she does with my dog. I can think of no one else who I would trust to train her. I can't recommend her highly enough.Nov 13, 2014
Fran is a wonderful trainer! We used her to do puppy training and we quickly had Oreo housebroken and crate trained. She also taught us how to teach him basic commands and would always teach him one before she left. We also use her ongoing on as needed basis. When you have a dog in the house, it's important they are well behaved and trained, and she assisted us with successfully doing this.Jul 7, 2014
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My pricing is competitive and a good value. Range of price is OFTEN determined by location of customers home and dogs specific training requirements. I do post my pricing on my website. Owners can expect to pay between $300-$450 for a 4- 6 session training package at their home (in my service area) for basic dog training or non-aggression behavior modification. I offer board/train services in my home as well which ranges in price from $400 - $600 per week depending on the issues and training required. If you wish to travel to my home for private lessons that is an option as well and pricing somewhat less than training provided in YOUR home, but may not be appropriate for all cases. Please ask and I am more than willing to discuss my pricing with you on the phone or via email.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I take online courses with CEU credits, as well as attending seminars and workshops by some of the best Animal Training and Behavior professionals such as Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr. Patricia McConnell, Trish King, Dr. Sophia Yin and more. Most recently I attended a 4 day workshop on treating dogs with aggression issues. I do not follow Cesar Milan -- I will get that out there right now!!-- feel free to ask and I will explain how what he is teaching (although his methods are SLOWLY changing) is actually detrimental to dogs and their owners and results in more issues and problems to be corrected. Many of my current and past clients are working to change issues that resulted from following advice and "television techniques." Most of my ongoing training and education is approved through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?My first experiences with dogs were not what you would call positive! My earliest recollection as a child of 4, was being knocked down by a Great Dane, and having the dog drool on her face as he stood over her. Soon after that, I was bitten by a stray German Shepherd as I was petting him. This was followed by being chased by a pack of strays as I walked home from school. None of these experiences deterred me from loving anything with fur! Summers spent in the country allowed me to share time with cows, horses, dogs, cats and an assortment of farm animals. Working as a volunteer with several humane and rescue groups from the early 80's gave me the opportunity to work with a great number of dogs with behavioral issues. Being able to successfully change unwanted behaviors to keep dogs in their homes and helping to transition dogs into new homes became a hallmark of my work with animals.