Our exclusive boarding school provides the utmost in quality training and problem solving for the discriminating dog owner. Your dog will stay with us for three to six weeks as a guest in our home where he will benefit greatly from daily attention and guidance. During this time, he will be worked with on a regular schedule of daily lessons and instruction. Learning and practicing all of the important commands and habits that he needs to succeed in your home. Because of the constant and consistent work, your dog will learn at a much more accelerated pace than he can in any other type of program. When you pick him up, we will show you what he has learned, and teach you how to maintain the good behavior. You also will be invited to come back for unlimited follow-up lessons for five (5) years, included in the price, to make sure that things are staying on track at home.
Dogs with significant behavior problems benefit greatly from our Boarding School, as do “normal” and “happy” dogs whose owners find themselves at a loss when it comes to making the time to start training at home or in lessons. Once your dog comes home with his new, improved behavior, you will have better incentive to maintain it. Our ongoing support will make sure you always have “backup” so that you and your dog have true success.
Your dog lives in our home, not a kennel or outbuilding. This is a safe, clean and comfortable environment.
Because of our high level of care and the reputation of this program, our Boarding School is often booked more than a month in advance. If you are interested in this program, do not hesitate to contact us for a FREE evaluation and to schedule your dog’s enrollment date.
Our Boarding School package includes:
- Custom hands-on, personalized training for 3 to 6 weeks. Most boarding students are with us for 4 weeks.
- Follow-up lessons: A 2 hour turn over lesson upon pickup and unlimited private lessons for five (5) full years!
- 1 free “Drop-In” group classes for each week in boarding school plus access to all on-going Drop-In classes.
- 1 professional training equipment package
- Written instructional material
- Membership in our online training and dog info chat group, “The Ruff Crowd”
The personal attention and customized approach of one-on-one training is the optimal way to go for owners who wish to participate in every facet of their dog’s education. Because you and your dog are the only students, each lesson is tailored to your particular needs and will move at a pace appropriate for you. Whether you need to work in a quiet, low-distraction atmosphere or would prefer to proof your dog around a number of other dogs and people, private lessons can be arranged to suit each team as they grow in confidence and experience.
Lessons take place at one of our facilities in a safe, climate-controlled training building with cushioned flooring for you and your dog’s comfort. We also have access to several large, secure training fields. In-town and dog park “field trips” are encouraged in order to test your dog’s training and reliability in true real life settings. After completion of the standard training package, students are entitled to a number of free follow-up lessons to be taken at your leisure. Because we stand behind our training, we will support you and your dog long after you finish working with us. Also, weekly “drop-in” group classes for graduates are held on a regular basis and are a lot of fun for everyone!
Obedience 101 is for dogs seven months and up. These 6 week classes will teach you and your dog all the skills you will need for a well behaved dog in your home and out in public. It will provide the tools and techniques to help you create a calm, confident and obedient dog. Obedience 101 is a great first step to prepare for your Canine Good Citizen Certification if that is your goal. The price for this class is $299 and for your benefit the class is limited to only 6 dogs.
Equipment is included.
Monday, October 15th @ 4:00pm
Sunday, October 28th @ 10:00am (skip 11/25)
Friday, November 2nd @ 10:00am (skip 11/23)
Puppy Prep is a lot of fun; it’s an opportunity for owners of pups three to six months old to start their youngsters off right. We teach you how to teach Pup the ABC’s of Obedience plus important and practical exercises designed to make vet visits and day to day life less stressful; real world training that your puppy needs to grow into their best potential. There is also plenty of time for Q&A, when you can ask your instructor about anything puppy related. This is an exceptional six week program that will help build a great relationship. Enrollment is limited to just 6 students.
The cost is $199
Do not wait since this class fills fast!
Saturday, October 20th @ 9:00am (skip 11/24)
Wednesday, November 7th @ 7:00pm (skip 11/21)
Friday, November 9th @ 12:00pm (skip 11/23)
The dogs of the Drop-In Class are living proof that training can be fun and effective! Notice that every dog in the photo is looking at his or her owner regardless of distance or distraction. Our student Sue provides a moving distraction while her GSD watches from his down.
Each private lesson package includes:
- 5 one hour weekly one-on-one sessions
- 2 Additional Private “follow-up” lessons available for 6 months after completion
of the 5 core lessons
- 3 “Drop-In” group class for all graduates of our training programs.
- 1 professional training equipment package
- Written take-home sheets to help you practice between lessons
- Membership in our online training and dog info chat group, “The Ruff Crowd”
The Drop-In Class is an informal group class for dog and handler teams who have successfully completed our Boarding School, Private Lesson Program or 101 Group Class. This drop-in class is designed to allow students the opportunity to practice in a safe environment at our training facility or out in the “real world”. When weather permits training will take place outside in Derry among real life distractions including in stores, at parks and along the Derry bike path.
Advanced training includes off-leash skills, out-of-motion and out-of-sight exercises as well as preparation for competitive obedience. This is a drop-in class to be taken at will by students who wish to keep improving their skills and to give their dogs something fun to do that pays off in the “real world”.
The Drop-In is an excellent place to try new things and to challenge your dog’s reliability in a safe setting; a must for dogs with behavior issues such as dog or human aggression or extreme shyness. The class can range in size from 4 to 18 dogs, and are well known presence on the sidewalks, bike path and shops in Derry! We currently have 3 conveniently scheduled drop-in classes: Saturday @ 11:00am, Sunday @ 4pm and Tuesday @ 11am. Plenty of opportunity to work on your training and help you and your dog succeed.
Julia tests the staying power of (L-R) Gracie Jane der Flitzer, CGC, BH, TDI, RE, WDTT; Panzer der Grosseretterhund, CGC, CD; Mayday, CGC, BH, RE, WDTT, CDX; Olivia, CGC and Gus, CGC
Don Eddy and Laddie travelled all the way from NJ to get help with their dog problems!
A Boarding School “student” during his first in-town lesson in downtown Portsmouth, NH. Like most dogs who find their way to us, Jack had his fair share of “issues” including reactivity around strangers and strange places. Sound familiar???
Video of the Drop-In Class enjoying an early Spring outdoor session. Also taking part is Hana, a Boarding School Puggle practicing her lessons and Bob, an English Bulldog in his very first group class.
29 South Ave. Derry, NH
1 mile from exit 4 off I-93
Boarding Student Oliver, a city dog from Boston, enjoying his time in the country.
A Drop-In Class working on a challenging exercise in our training room. Fortunate K9 students are prepared for any distraction life presents.
Experience you can count on!
Within the past 2 years at least one member of the following breeds has successfully completed a training program at FK9:
American Eskimo Dog
American Pit Bull Terrier
Australian Cattle Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog
Black Mouth Cur
Bouvier des Flandres
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chinese Shar Pei
Dogue de Bordeaux
German Shepherd Dog
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Jack Russell Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
Miniature Australian Shepherd
Olde English Bulldogge
Old English Sheepdog
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
West Highland Terrier
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
We probably missed a couple!
Of course many, many All-American mixed breeds.
We can train your dog!
(If you have trained with us and we missed your breed. Please call us or send an email)
Big or small, we train them all! Pete (aka Peterbilt), Oliver and Nelson
Julia V. McDonough
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Drop-In class out in public and looking good!
Three Goldens enjoy recess at Boarding School. These three guys are NOT from the same family. A coincidence of scheduling had them enrolled at the same time.
We offer the following Drop-In class for graduates of our training programs.
Drop-In group class waiting to get started in the FK9 parking lot
Boarding School student “GiGi” strutting her stuff off-leash in downtown Derry. Her owner would call to check in on her and he later told me he thought I was talking about a different dog since he could not believe she would ever be able to walk without pulling him down the street.
I came to Fortunate K9 about 2 years ago. My Pitbull Bronx was biting, growling, and I was scared of him. It got so bad I couldn't even touch his ears. It was as if overnight he had be become this crazy devil dog. I was scared of my own dog and didn't know what to do. I knew I wanted to keep him, but I also knew that he was becoming dangerous.
Bronx riding the “T” to work!
By the time he was a year old, my German Shepherd dog Fergus had already attended two different dog training courses. He would sit, walk on my left side, and had learned the usual things they teach in those courses, and had grown to be my best friend, protector, and companion. However, he also had developed a serious bad habit, that neither one of the trainers could help me with: aggression towards other dogs, cats, squirrels, etc.: fortunately however, not with people. He became so ballistic when he saw another dog, that when I would walk him, I had started using two collars (one pinch collar, one choke collar) with two leashes on him at the same time. I started using two, because I was afraid, God forbid, we encountered another dog and either the leash or collar broke,… I believed he would kill the other dog. The climax came when we were walking one day and a small dog snuck out of its owner’s house into the street: Fergus charged at the dog, pulled me to the ground, and dragged me about 10 feet. He dragged me, because I refused to let go of the leashes, I was sure he would kill the dog if he got to it. After that, I sadly began to think that at 90 lbs., I could not continue to live in fear with him, started being afraid to even go for walks at all, and that I would need to give him up for adoption.
That’s when a friend of mine told me about Fortunate K9. I went on the website, and read every testimonial. I decided to go for a free consultation, which is when I met Rick. I brought Fergus, and explained my desperate situation to him, and that Fortunate K9 was my last hope. He confidently told me he could help us, and said I would see results in just three classes, which I did. Two wonderful years have passed since then, and Fergus and I continue to thoroughly enjoy our pleasurable daily walks. I have an awesome dog, and walk safely and confidently with him right at my side every morning. If he encounters another animal, he looks forward, and quietly keeps heeling. It is thanks to Rick Froton, that I have my loving, excellent-mannered companion: Fortunate K9 is the best. I even have strangers comment on how obedient Fergus is: I ALWAYS recommend Fortunate K9!
Vickie Wolper, Manchester, NH
Vickie sent this testimonial 2 years after her last lesson with us!!!
Fergus says hello!
Danielle sent us this testimonial about a year after her last lesson with Fortunate K9
Here is Boarding School student Riley demonstrating how “basic” obedience can solve a very serious case of food aggression. The Kerry Blue Terrier rescue sent him to us as he had been through 3 homes in which he sent 5 people to the ER for treatment. Other than the tremendous food aggression he was a very good dog. This was shot at the normal morning feeding first take and spontaneous narration.
Lita, a Boarding School student, working on her “sit/stay” with some minor distractions.
Abigail, a happy Puppy Prep student, practicing her recall..