Teresa's handsome son, Jesse, is a Daycare staff member. He works at Dog's Retreat full time in the summer and part time during the school year. He will be a senior at Siena College, graduating with a Sociology degree in 2019.
Jesse loves the family business and it shows!
Yes, when we say "family-owned and operated" we really mean it. This is Daniel Ferrone, Teresa's brother. He joined Teresa in 2017 to help run Dog's Retreat in Latham.
Teresa couldn't have opened Dog's Retreat without the support of her husband, Joe, as well as daughters Haley and Emily along with Jesse. Both girls help her in keeping Dog's Retreat social media active, while Joe supervised the initial construction and ongoing renovations and expansion of the business.
Tiffany brings 11 years of dog grooming experience with her to Dog's Retreat.
She started working at Petsmart in 2007 as a bather. Soon, Petsmart sent her to their grooming academy followed by a rigorous schedule of supervised grooming. She stayed with Petsmart in Albany for three years before being transferred to the Glenmont location, where she worked for another eight years.
Tiffany has groomed "famous" dogs in the area, including the canines of Governor David Paterson as well as Jim Kambrich.
"I love working for Dogs Retreat because they are a family-based company. I don’t feel like a number or just a moneymaker. Teresa actually cares about us and I feel like I’ve known them longer than I have." shares Tiffany of her experience working with Dog's Retreat.
She and her husband, along with their three children, have two dogs and a cat.
Erica has seven years of dog grooming experience. She joined Teresa at Dog's Retreat back in 2017.
Teri Rudolph is a true dog lover first, and a dog trainer second. She knows first-hand the difference dog training makes in the relationship between dog and owner. Without professional training, it can sometimes be a frustrating relationship. However, with an investment in kind, gentle and humane training, a wonderful transformation will occur. She spent a lot of time volunteering at the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society, where Teri came to realize that a lack of good training was often the reason that owners would surrender wonderful pets that just needed to be taught good manners.
She is a 2010 graduate of the Animal Behavior College where she earned certification as an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. In July of 2012, she also became certified as an ABC Mentor Trainer to help inspire and train others who may choose dog training as a career.
Teri facilitates the six-week dog training program called the STAR Partnership, which is a cooperative program between the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and the Albany County Sheriff's Department. It is designed to help homeless dogs and positively impact inmates at the Albany County Correctional Facility.
The Sheriff's Department has agreed to allow the Humane Society to bring homeless dogs to live at the Correctional Facility for up to six weeks at a time. During their stay, the dogs live with a small group of inmates who attend weekly training classes. Between classes the inmates are given homework to keep up the dogs' progress.
The program has proven to be a tremendous benefit to both dogs and inmates. This program enables the homeless dogs to become more adoptable and these dogs are very successfully adopted out.
Teri enjoys helping pet families learn to communicate and teach their dog using effective force free, fear free, training techniques. She understands that a good strong healthy relationship with your dog is based on love and affection not fear and intimidation.