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Teresa's handsome son, Jesse, graduated from Siena College in 2019 and is now co-owner of Dogs Retreat, working full time with his mom to manage the business and supervise the dogs.
Jesse loves the family business and it shows!
Meet Daniel Ferrone, Teresa's dedicated brother and the best dog-watcher you'd ever want keeping an eye on your furry friend. He joined Teresa in 2017 to help run Dog's Retreat in Latham.
Yes, when we say "family-owned and operated" we really mean it! This is Teresa's niece, Erin, who joined the staff the first of 2019.
Teresa's good friend, Barb, works full time at Dog's Retreat daycare.
Another good friend and neighbor of Teresa's...Diane handles the accounting for Dog's Retreat.
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 13 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.
Elan is our part-time groomer with five years experience!
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.
Shannon Frame is a recent graduate of the Animal Behavior College’s Dog obedience program, and is an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. A lifelong animal lover, she received a degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky and has since made a career of working with horses and dogs. Living with and learning from her two rescue hounds is what motivated her to become a dog trainer. Shannon enjoys helping people figure out how dogs learn, and how to effectively teach their dogs new things. She believes that training isn’t just useful for having a well behaved canine companion, but is essential to strengthen the bond between a person and their pet. With that in mind, her goal is to utilize positive reinforcement training methods to help dogs and their people live better lives together.
Tricks And Games – 6 week group class - $130 - for dogs of all ages – Sundays at Dog’s Retreat- A great way to have fun with your dog while reinforcing basic obedience training. This class will start with basic tricks such as shake and roll over, and will work up to more difficult tasks like dogs weaving through their handler’s legs. Tricks are an enjoyable way to strengthen the relationship between dogs and their people, and can be a healthy outlet for energetic dogs who need lots of activity to stay out of trouble.