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 Development Director
Jennifer Nucci Implementation Director
Garrett Reed Operations Director
Kirsten Hrobsky People Director
Lizbeth Molloy Training Program Manager
Rikako Goto-Muller Grooming 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 Development 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.

Jennifer Nucci Implementation Director

“Dogs show you the true meaning of loyalty and love. They bring out the best in people.”

Prior to working at AKC Canine Retreat, Jenn started her “career in caring” as a health care manager at an Assisted Living facility, which included facilitating staff coverage, safety and care during Hurricane Sandy. To her, customer service is doing whatever is necessary to ensure the best outcome. She lives with an 8-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix named Lola who enjoys going for long neighborhood walks as much as spending comfy nights on the couch.

In her spare time, Jenn is the head coach for a competitive swim club and an adjunct professor at St. John’s University, where she teaches online classes. She’s also passionate about scuba diving and was a member of the NY Aquariums Volunteer Dive team for 2 years.

Garrett Reed Operations Director

“We cater to your dog’s needs and seek to find the best care and training solution for your dog.”

Garrett finished his undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire and went on to work as a Broker. Shortly thereafter, his dog Emma (a German Shepherd/Huskie mix) was hit by a car. This serious accident resulted in both physical and mental damage. After the “experts” doubted that she could fully recover, he began reading, studying and training her. Fortunately, with time and determination, he was able to work her back to her happy self. Through this process, Garrett realized his passion was not in his current field and actively pursued a career working with dogs.

Due to his commitment and acumen, Garrett’s Pet Care career has advanced quickly at Canine Retreat by AKC. In two years, he has held increasing roles of responsibility – Assistant Manager through General and Roving Location Manager to Operations Director. He takes pride in being able to better the lives of so many dogs and their families. He truly believes that all dogs are deserving of TLC and supports an individualized approach to care and training. By offering a variety of services to fit virtually any dog and their family, Garrett is excited about contributing to the success of Canine Retreat as the business and the “family” grows.

In Garrett’s spare time, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, fishing and competitive games / activities. And of course, spending time with dogs Emma and Mila (a Boxer / Pit mix) is number one!

Kirsten Hrobsky People Director

“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.

Lizbeth Molloy Training Program Manager

“Canine good citizens come in all shapes and sizes.”

Lizbeth comes to Canine Retreat by AKC with extensive experience in non-profit work, risk management, and her most passionate industry: dog training. Lizz has trained hundreds of dogs over the years with her love for dogs and dog sports starting in her teens. She also trains and competes with her own dogs – earning conformation, companion, and performance titles on many breeds, including Bulldogs, Clumber Spaniels, Pointers, Belgian Malinois, Pharaoh Hounds, and most recently All-Americans and Peruvian Inca Orchids. She volunteers with several local and national rescue organizations, helping match dogs in need with their “furever” families.

Lizz is excited to bring her love and passion to Canine Retreat by AKC, where she will help strengthen the bond between dogs and their owners as they learn and train together. After all, a ‘well-trained dog is a joy to own’.

Rikako Goto-Muller Grooming Manager

“I have a passion for improving the lives of pets and the people who care for them.”

Rikako is passionate about animal care and welfare. Born and raised in Japan, she started her career in dog grooming after graduating from grooming school in California. She has performed her job as a groomer passionately and exceptionally, skilled on all breeds and sizes of dogs for over 20 years. She is specialized in all standard grooming techniques as well as Asian Fusion Styles. She worked at an animal hospital in Japan for over 15 years and assisted veterinarians prior to, and post, operations with specialized grooming skills (including medical aroma therapy and shiatsu massage.) Caring for the well-being of pets, she joined in the efforts to rescue dogs and cats rendered homeless and traumatized after the tragic tsunami at Fukushima.

Since arriving to New York, she has grown her american reputation as an expert groomer and is honored to be the Grooming Manager at Canine Retreat by AKC.