I've had a heartful of love for animals, since my earliest memory at 2 when my father would take me to a nearby farm to feed the horses through the fence. Even with a pasture rich of green, they would come running for my handful of grass. It is one of my fondest childhood memories, the beginning of my lifelong connection with animals. I grew up with a schnoodle and a beagle, but always had an affinity for all types of dogs. By 15, I was training in a kennel with numerous breeds, but most memorable were the German Shepherds for FIDELCO. At 16, I bought my first horse, who was the first of many I competed hunter/jumper. While at Boston University, I focused my studies on the psychology of learning and competed as a rider on their equestrian team. After college, I moved to the North Shore of MA, where I eventually bought this property to fulfill my dream of living on a farm with my family. At 25, I turned professional with the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) retraining thoroughbreds off the track, breeding, breaking, and competing my warmbloods, and teaching children and adults to ride, fox hunt, and show from leadline through equitation medal finals. In my spare time, I foxhunted with Myopia, competed my dogs in the conformation ring and found my heart in a sport called Schutzhund. Since 2012, I dove in head first and have competed at 5 National Championships with two different dogs and earned over 30 titles on 10 different dogs. Another favorite past time is training police dogs. It is hard to express how gratyfying it is to witness the success of a K9 team we were a part of.
Andy grew up on his parents Arabian farm in Tomahawk, Wisconsin where they also raised Siberian Huskies. Standing two stallions, management and care was paramount. He too seemed to be born with an affection for all animals. By the time he was 7, Andy started a snake collection. Throughout elementary and middle school, he spent his free time mushing his sled dogs through the 200 acres of family owned forest. During highschool, he focused on sports, namely football and basketball, which afforded him some hefty scholarships but due to an injury, he stayed local and studied at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. During his summers of college, he worked at a nearby zoo as a caretaker of baboons, monkeys, bears, ostrichs, bobcats, lemurs, tigers, and his favorite, mountain lions. After college, Andy decided to pursue a career in exotics and reptile genetics, which brought him to New England Reptile Distributors in NH. On his days off, Andy started helping out working police dogs at the Boston Police Department and training client dogs part time. It wasn't long before Andy realized that he wanted to train dogs full time. Andy has been training dogs professionally for pets, numerous police departments, and has been a certified decoy/helper for over 10 years. He has trained /competed/certified dogs in Schutzhund, PSA, and French Ring. He has also trained over 100 New England K9 teams.
We opened Fox Hill Farm in1998 and have sucessfully trained thousands of dogs since. With an ever changing world around us, we are grateful to preserve a space on the map where our children can grow up on a farm. Our son, Scotty, now a sophmore at UNH pursuing a career in Engineering, enjoys decoying . Our daughter, Emma, is almost 3 years old and her favorite companions are "Marvin", a French Bull dog, "Trinket", a short legged jack russell, and "Mike" her 20 year old welsh x pony. Animals are our life. When we aren't busy training client dogs, we spend as much time as possible with our own. If you don't see us on the training field, you can usually find us on the beach or in the woods, but rarely will you EVER find us without a dog.