History

In 1995 a small group of New Hampshire K-9 officers recognized the need for ongoing, consistent training. From that commitment to each other, along with the desire to help other departments that wanted to form and operate a canine unit while utilizing the most modern and effective training methods available, the Foundation was incorporated as a 501-C:3 non-profit organization to support and enhance New Hampshire Police K-9 Teams.

Humble beginnings
The first meeting at Hanscoms Truck Stop in Portsmouth set out to help resolve the real problem of Police Departments cutting police dog programs and others not even considering them. How to turn back this trend was the agenda. Since then, the Working Dog Foundation has grown to over 100 life and annual members with over 2,000 fans at our last open house. Since 1995, we have made tremendous progress in ‘helping to keep our families safe’ and have become internationally recognized for our efforts in promoting police/working dogs throughout the world.

Achievements
Since 1995 we have raised over $200,000 towards the training, purchase and support of the police dogs. Our trainers are nationally recognized. And that’s just the beginning:

  • National Accredited Training Staff
  • National Accredited Training Fields
  • Annual Police K-9 Open House that demonstrates the abilities of Police K-9's.
  • Award winning web page
  • Free K-9 Bulletproof Vest to all teams in the Foundation
  • Trainer and Handler Tom Chard featured on the cover of the Canine Courier, the worlds largest Police K-9 Magazine
  • Host to over a dozen Emergency K-9 First Aid and CPR classes to the public
  • Established a Narcotics Dog Competition run annually
  • Created the Iron Dog Competition where K-9 teams compete for the coveted ‘TOP DOG’ award.
  • Numerous teams qualified for the USPCA National Police Dog Competition
  • Countless scent awards and case awards given by the United States Police K-9 Association
  • Governors Award for Volunteerism
  • Service award for our K-9 Coloring Book that is given at kids demo's
  • Granted over 15 new police dogs free to various local police departments
  • Production of a quarterly newsletter
  • Featured on WMUR Television ‘Chronicle’ Program
  • Host to numerous regional K-9 Competitions and the International Police K-9 Conference
  • Host of the 2004 National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors World Conference
  • Featured on PBS special on working dogs
  • Award winning Adopt-a-Police K-9 Program<
  • Featured training program for the ‘SPCA Dogs helping people’ high school education project
  • Junior Police K-9 Badges for elementary age students
  • Governors Commendation to Head Trainer and Academy