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lydia_andRed.jpgLydia DesRoche CTDI
Owner, Trainer 

Lydia is the co-founder of NYC Dog & Cat Rescue group, A CAUSE FOR PAWS. Since it's establishment in June of 2000, ACFP has helped re-home over 700 animals throughout the country while providing education and training to new adopters. Lydia traveled to ACC to evaluate dogs and choose the dogs who were most likely to thrive in a New York home environment. She often returned from ACC with a foster dog whom she would train and place. Lydia has fostered over 40 dogs and remains in contact with each and every one.

Realizing she had a knack for canine behavior modification, Lydia enrolled in a 2 year Apprenticeship program with a well established Training group, Who's Walking Who. This enriching program provided Lydia exposure to hundreds of dogs from different breeds and backgrounds honing her skills as a handler and trainer. During her time at Who's Walking Who, she created a training and scholarship program open to volunteers and adoptable dogs of all Mayor's Alliance for NYC participating rescue groups.

In 2004, Lydia established her own business offering both individual and group training for her clientele. Lydia treats every dog as an individual and designs a program that helps each dog and its Guardian meet their goals and needs through dog friendly methods. In addition to her private clientele, Lydia designed and implemented a teen dog training course for NYCACC's at-risk youth program. She was thrilled when she was invited to teach the teen dog training program at Animal Haven. 
Experience taught Lydia that most dogs lose their homes due to unwanted behavior due to poor communication between dogs and their humans. Her goal is to create better relationships by teaching humans how to read their dog's behavior and teaching dogs how to make their humans happy.
Lydia has appeared on Good Day NY, Fox 5, & WNBC promoting adoption, giving agility demonstrations with rescue dogs and has been featured in The Daily News, Time Out NY, and Daily Candy to name a few. She can be seen daily walking through Central Park with her own dogs, Lizzy & Blue... and her foster dog, Mr. Red.


Photo by Dmitri Kasterine

RachelandRed.JPGRachel Lane CTDI
Rachel’s goal when training tricks is to help you have the most fun with your dog that you can have! Her goal is for you and your dog to build a forever bond and have fun in the process. Tricks are her favorite thing to do with the dogs because it is so exciting and rewarding when you see the dogs "get it." Rachel also loves the way that tricks can give a dog a positive outlet for their energy while at the same time bringing some positivity into the dog/owner relationship. It gives dogs and their owners something to look forward to every day.  
Rachel has been working with dogs professionally for three years and has loved dogs her whole life. She and her scruffy little mutt from NYCACC have earned their advanced trick title and they are superstars in agility class. Even though she is a student at The City College of New York pursuing a double major in Studio Art and Advertising/Public Relations Rachel is moreinterested in becoming a dog trainer. It really is what brings her joy every day. Rachel is currently a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and actively working towards her Certified Professional Dog Trainer certification knowledge and skills accessed.