Becky Rene, CPDT
I was born with that “horse/dog gene” or as my mother would say “anything with fur”! Life was at its best when horseback riding with my best friend Colleen (bareback of course!) with our dogs in tow. We would gallop up and down 'mountains', through fields and ponds in the beautiful Naples-Cohocton countryside. We thoroughly enjoyed our time together and our horses and dogs were a huge part of that! Those experiences taught me the value of friendship and how our animals play a vital part in our own personal growth, helping us develop lifelong relationships. I believe that God created animals to give us an opportunity to learn a great deal about ourselves through our interactions with them...teaching us patience, balance, discipline, love and the value of having a purpose in life.
Being a married, mother of three grown children and five grandchildren, (guess I needed something else to do!) I decided to venture out and use my life's experiences from working with animals and earn my dog training certification through the Animal Behavior College. In 2010, I became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. I love training dogs and teaching their owners with a balanced, positive approach, understanding that each person/pet relationship is unique, but the ultimate goal of dog training is bonding and building a better connection which is the same for all of us.
As a native of Rochester, NY, I also enjoy being a core-volunteer at the City of Rochester, Verona Street Animal Shelter, where I have donated hundreds of hours and worked with countless dogs. I've personally adopted out many of our dogs and witnessed the joy that these dogs bring to their new families. The variety, size and age of the breeds at the shelter has provided invaluable experiences into temperaments and behaviors, and given me the opportunity to perfect various dog training techniques that I use today. At home, I still love working with my own dogs in agility, fly-ball, canine good citizenship and therapy work. I have two registered therapy dogs and am certified in Animal First Aid, CPR and am a TDI (Therapy Dog International) evaluator. I would love the opportunity to work with you and your dog!
April Daniele, MS CCC-SLP
Growing up in Lockport, NY, I spent my childhood training our family pets and rehabilitating wildlife found on my parents wooded property. Throughout high school and college I began volunteering at local animal rescue groups in Upstate NY and Arizona, where I attended undergraduate and graduate school. My love for dogs and rescue grew stronger as I began practicing Speech Pathology, eventually training my rescue English Setter, Jack, to be a therapy dog. Seeing the benefits he provided my clients and my own children, I was compelled to return to school to become a certified dog trainer.
Wanting to do more, Becky graciously has given me the opportunity to train dogs under her guidance and in 2017 together we founded Woof2Hoof Rescue. The Rescue has added another dimension to our work by finding great homes for some really special dogs.
As a speech pathologist, dog trainer and a rescuer, I feel blessed to be able to combine my love for dogs with my background in childhood disabilities and speech services. I am passionate about helping families find and train dogs that suit their lifestyle and meet their child's needs. Using positive training techniques, my goal is to help you shape your dog into a valued family member and maybe even become a therapy dog helping others!