Training Services

Our Boarding School package includes:


 - Custom hands-on, personalized training for 4 to 6 weeks.


  - Follow-up lessons: A 2 hour turn-over lesson upon pickup and unlimited private lessons for 5 years!


 - 4 free “Drop-In” group classes for all graduates.


 - 1 professional training equipment package


 - Written instructional material


 - Membership in our online training and dog info FaceBook group, “The Ruff Crowd”

Boarding School:


  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 four to six weeks as a guest in our home where he will benefit from daily attention and guidance. During this time, he will be worked with on a regular schedule of daily lessons and off site field trips to various dog friendly businesses. Learning and practicing all of the important manners 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 in an extensive “turn-over” lesson, and teach you how to maintain the good behavior. You also will be invited to come back for unlimited follow-up lessons for five years, included in the price, to make sure that things are staying on track at home.


   Dogs with behavior problems benefit greatly from our Boarding School, as do “just regular” 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. There is never an additional charge for playtime, brushing, or walks. Your dog is our dog while he stays with us, and he’ll have all of the same benefits.


   Because of our high level of care and the fact that we limit the number of student dogs, our Boarding School is usually booked several weeks 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.



   Whether you’d prefer to start your dog in a group class, have the one-on-one attention of private lessons, or take advantage of our fantastic Boarding School, Fortunate K9 has a solution for you.  We have helped over a thousand dogs and owners from basic beginner work all the way to competition, and can diagnose and solve even the most challenging problems. Read on to learn more about our training options. 

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Private lessons:


   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 “field trips to dog friendly businesses are part of the program as well 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 weekly “drop-in” group classes for graduates and are a lot of fun for everyone!




Group classes:


Obedience 101 is for dogs seven months and up. These 6 week sessions 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 and confident 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 $399 and for your benefit the class is limited to only 4-5 dogs. Each of the sessions listed below meet weekly for a total of 6 classes.  Graduates of the Obedience 101 also receive 4 Drop-In classes.

Equipment is included.




Sunday,  July  14th  @  2pm





Puppy Prep is a lot of fun; it’s an opportunity for owners of pups 12 to 20 weeks 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 about anything puppy related. This exceptional relationship building program is limited to 4-5 puppies. The cost is $299. The class meets weekly for a total of 6 classes.



day,  June  8th  @  1pm

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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.

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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 free “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 FaceBook group, “The Ruff Crowd”

Don Eddy and Laddie travelled all the way from NJ to get help with their dog obedience problems

   The Drop-In Group Class is for dog and handler teams who have successfully completed the Fortunate K9 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.


Advanced training includes off-leash skills, out-of-motion and out-of-sight exercises, and preparation for competitive obedience venues. 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 three to twenty dogs, and have been known to go on field trips!  We currently have 2 conveniently scheduled drop-in classes: Saturday @ 11am, Sunday @ 4pm. Plenty of opportunity to work on your training and help you and your dog succeed.

Julia tests the staying power of Gracie Jane der Flitzer, CGC, BH, TDI, RE, WDTT;  Panzer der Grosseretterhund, CGC, CD;  Mayday, CGC, BH, RE, WDTT, CD; Olivia, CGC and Gus, CGC 

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 quick video of the Saturday Drop-In class. This class is offered to all students who have completed any of our adult dog programs.  Most of the dogs in this class on this day originally came to us because they were extremely reactive to other dogs and several to people.

29 South Ave.  Derry, NH

1 mile from exit 4 off I-93


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Fortunate K9 Obedience Boarding School student Oliver from Boston MA

Boarding Student Oliver, a city dog from Boston, enjoying his time in the country.

Experience you can count on!


Within the past few years at least one member of the following breeds has successfully completed a training program at FK9: 


Alaskan Malamute

American Bulldog

American Eskimo Dog

American Pit Bull Terrier

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Shepherd


Basset Hound


Belgian Malinois

Belgian Tervuren

Bernese Mountain Dog

Black Mouth Cur


Border Collie

Boston Terrier

Bouvier des Flandres



Bull Mastiff

Bull Terrier

Cane Corso

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Chinese Shar Pei




Doberman Pinscher

Dogue de Bordeaux

English Bulldog

English Mastiff

English Pointer

English Shepherd

Fila Brasileiro

German Shepherd Dog

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer

Giant Schnauzer

Golden Retriever

Great Dane


Irish Wolfhound

Jack Russell Terrier


Kerry Blue Terrier

Klee Kai


Labrador Retriever


Lhasa Apso


Miniature Australian Shepherd

Minature Poodle

Miniature Schnauzer


Olde English Bulldogge

Old English Sheepdog

Ori Pei

Patterdale Terrier

Pembroke Welsh Corgi





Saint Bernard




Shiba Inu

Shih Poo

Siberian Husky

Standard Poodle



West Highland Terrier

Wheaton 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)

English Mastiff, Pug and Great Dane at Fortuante K9 Dog and Owner Training

Big or small, we train them all!  Pete (aka Peterbilt), Oliver and Nelson

Julia V. McDonough

Co-Owner, Training Director




Rick Froton

Co-Owner, Trainer





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Well behaved kids and a well behaved dog!

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.

Fortunate K9 Dog and Owner Training - Group Training Class

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.

I had recently rescued him from a kill shelter in Manhattan, NY. I knew he was a good dog at heart, but I also knew if I didn't get things under control my dog was going to be labeled a horrible scary dog. I knew that if placed in the wrong situation, he could potentially hurt someone. I frantically looked for a solution. I was turned down by many so-called “trainers” who told me that my dog was far too gone and dangerous. Finally, I was referred to Fortunate K9 by my vet.  That's when I met Tom. 

Within one lesson, Tom pinpointed the problem. Bronx was a great dog, but I was the problem. I was confusing him all the time. I was doing all the wrong things. Bronx thought he was in control. After just the first lesson the biting and growling was gone. I  spent everyday working on the techniques Tom taught me. Finally Bronx was being the dog I knew he always was. 

Now I bring Bronx into work everyday. He rides on the crowded Boston subway daily. He greets people, with his kind eyes and rolls on his belly for a tummy rub. People love him. He is the lovable pup I adopted.  

I cannot say enough good things about Tom and Fortunate K9 Dog &
Owner Training! They really know dogs!!! There are no bad dogs just confused owners. If you want your dog trained, call them now! Listen, practice and get the dog you have always dreamed of having. I am continuing my work with Bronx and Tom, there are always things for me to learn. Thank you Tom and Fortunate K9!!!


Bronx and Danielle

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!

Boarding school graduate Bear showing off her AKC Obedience ribbons. Not bad for a girl who came to us with aggression “issues”.