About Us

ABOUT US

OUR STORY

Your Dog is at Home Here

Nothing in the world compares to the companionship of a content, healthy and well-trained dog. AKC Canine Retreat understands and shares your commitment to providing the highest standard of care for your dog, and we are focused on offering an experience designed specifically for your dog’s needs, and your peace of mind.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Jim Tysseling Chief Operating Officer
Seth Chodosh Associate Managing Director
Kirsten Hrobsky Director of Operations
Tony Flanagan Director of Dog Care
Manny Tinoco Running Paws Manager
Jim Tysseling Chief Operating Officer

“By combining the American Kennel Club’s 130 years of dog passion and our staff’s love of dogs, AKC Canine Retreat provides an unmatched experience in dog care. We understand that every dog is an individual and we’ve tailored our services to allow us to meet virtually any need.”

Jim has had an expansive and diversified management career and brings four decades of hospitality, retail and pet services experience to AKC Canine Retreat. He is a customer advocate and takes pride in developing cohesive teams that deliver outstanding customer service. Jim has successfully managed Resort and Hotel properties in New York, Washington and Arizona, and his retail-management experience includes Petsmart’s PetsHotel, where his eight-year tenure facilitated the national development of this new pet-services arena.

In his spare time, Jim participates in canine sports as an AKC dog show owner, handler and judge of Basset Hounds. As an AKC Breeder of Merit, under the Silverado prefix, he and his wife Mimi, show their Basset Hounds nationally in conformation competition. They are passionate advocates for canine health and welfare and founded “The Bling Project,” a fundraising event that supports ongoing Bloat research, and the AKC-CHF Fiesta!, an exhibitor-awareness event, which is held annually at the Fiesta Dog Shows in Arizona. Proceeds from both support the mission of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

Seth Chodosh Associate Managing Director

“I’ve owned dogs throughout my life, and as I visit our locations I always think to myself would I pay to have my own dog stay here? With that in mind it is important to me that our facilities are maintained to the highest standard. I take pride knowing that in addition to individualized care and socialization our locations emphasize cleanliness, safety and the well-being of each dog we care for.”

The founder of Running Paws, Seth grew up in Westchester where he used to run daily with Bosco, his German Shorthaired Pointer. He brings more than 15 years of dog care experience to the AKC Canine Retreat team, including his previous experience as the vice president of operations of SPOT Canine Club. Seth is a facilities expert who also remains highly involved in Running Paws, which is also now an AKC Canine Retreat-owned business.

Prior to creating Running Paws in 2002, Seth founded Peru Connections S.A., where he developed tourist-related touch screen kiosks that were placed throughout Peru. He holds MBAs from both Pace University and the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and is fluent in Spanish.

Kirsten Hrobsky Director of Operations

“As a certified dog trainer with over 25 years’ experience in pet care I’m thrilled that AKC Canine Retreat prioritizes the health and happiness of each dog in our care from our proprietary handling techniques to our industry leading hygiene standards.”

Kirsten didn’t know that she was embarking on life-long career with dogs when she took job at a kennel when she was just 16 years old. She earned a bachelor’s degree in animal behavior and started professionally training dogs in 1997.

She has helped launch several dog care facilities, including the highly successful Camp K-9 in Marin, CA, and spent 2 years as a pet care tech at Guide Dogs for the Blind. She moved to NYC in 2014 to work at SPOT Canine Club and joined AKC Canine Retreat in 2017.

Kirsten has been an Association of Professional Dog Trainers member since 1995 and holds Pet Care Technician Level 1 and 2 certifications. She also spent a couple years at Examiner.com in San Francisco, where she wrote about dog behavior and local events.

While Kirsten is currently without four-legged companionship, Neva, her Border Collie/Lab mix, lived to ripe old age of 14 ½ and proved that senior dogs can definitely learn new tricks. When away from AKC Canine Retreat, she loves to cook (spicy curries from scratch!) and enjoys crafting, (urban) hiking and camping.

Tony Flanagan Director of Dog Care

“No dog is too young or too old to learn something new. I customize all training for the individual needs of my clients and their dogs.”

Tony has been training dogs professionally since 2006. He joined AKC Canine Retreat with an extensive background in all methods of training through working as a trainer and handler for some of the top dog care facilities in the City and running his own business, Flanagan K9 Training.

He is passionate about how dogs are cared for and has built the AKC Canine Retreat handler training in a manner that emphasizes positive reinforcement and redirection techniques.  “We’ve trained our staff to place dogs into groups that work well together so the experience is fun and stress free”

Tony is an AKC Canine Good Citizen® evaluator and member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. He lives with his Doberman Pinscher, Glimmer, who adores hiking and going to the park. In his spare time, he also enjoys mountain biking and rock climbing, but his favorite activity is working with dogs.

Manny Tinoco Running Paws Manager

“It’s very rewarding when I hear from owners that they’ve seen significant improvement in their pup’s health or behavior due to our service.”

Manny has been part of the Running Paw team since 2016. He grew up around many dogs, including an Irish Setter named Greta, and nothing is more important to him making sure your dog’s fitness needs are met.

When he’s away from Running Paws, Manny enjoys exercising, watching films (mostly documentaries) and writing.