On the rarest occasion, you may spot us without dogs. Dogs are our world. We have devoted our life to developing our farm and dog training facility to accommodate and nurture the wants & needs of dogs. As a husband and wife professional dog training team, we are dedicated to helping pets and their owners. 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 out hiking, but rarely will you ever find us without a dog. Our daughter Emma is following in our footsteps, loving playtime on the farm with her heeler, Blue Belle.
I've had a heartful of love for animals since my earliest memory when my dad would take me to a nearby farm to feed the horses through the fence. 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 one 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 33 titles on 13 different dogs. Another favorite past time is training police dogs. It is hard to express how gratifying it is to witness the success of a K9 team we were a part of. My certifications include being a MA licensed riding instructor, an AKC CGC evaluator, AKC Farm Dog Judge, and training Director for numerous dog sport clubs.
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 high school, 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, ostriches, 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 helped train many New England K9 teams. Andy won third at the 2021 AWMA National Championship and third at the 2021 AWDF Championship. Most exciting on Andy's list of accolades is earning the spot on both USA World teams for 2022. He and his dog, Christie, will be representing USA in Greece this year!
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