At Ruggs Ranch we believe in low pressure training to allow the dog to develop their natural hunting ability. We customize each training program by discussing with the owner what they want from their companion, as each hunter has their own goals and needs for their dog.

We expose the young dog to different environments to help them learn to socialize, and introduce them to birds. Obedience is a point of emphasis, as it is critical to a well behaved gun dog. Our training program aims to provide you with an obedient and well balanced dog to have at your side in the field.

All dogs and people learn at a different level and time frame. Each of our packages is an estimate of time of training and the age of the dog. Our goal at Ruggs Ranch is to see our customers and their dogs successfully working together as a team.

Once the dog has finished his training we have a mock hunt to walk you thru the new commands with your trained dog.

Our training months are typically April to August. For more information about our training programs or to inquire about availability, please call our business office at (541) 676-5390.

Pre-Gun Dog 3-6 Month (2 Weeks)
Pointers and Flushers
Introduction to birds with check cord, cap gun, handling and general obedience.

Beginning Gun Dog 6-8 Months (4 to 6 Weeks)
Continue with basic obedience, whoa work, check cording, control around birds and shooting birds
Obedience (lots of it), quartering, retrieving and general handling

Intermediate Gun Dog 8-14 Months (2 Months)
Refresh obedience, yard work, steady to birds.
Refresh Obedience, field work, steady for the retrieve and handling.

Advanced Gun Dog 14 Months Plus (3 Months)
Steady to wing, field work, lots of birds shot and general handling and obedience.
Finished gun dog
Steady on line, quartering and sit to the whistle in the field, retrieving.
Finished gun dog.



I have been to almost a hundred hunting and fishing lodges in my television career, some good, some not, several abysmal and very few exceptional. The list of those who consistently deliver on their promise of excellent hunting and hospitality is short. Ruggs Ranch belongs in that top tier.

Over and above everything (actually, I guess it would be under everything) is the land. I have never seen such variety and sheer volume. One of the reasons my viewers cite for going hunting is to be enveloped in natural beauty. Ruggs has it in spades, from stately timber strands and hushed forests, to limitless vistas of sage and bunchgrass. Thank goodness your string includes cockers for the wicked-thick bunchgrass and riparian areas, and horses for the big-sky chukar hills.

That abundant and high quality habitat leads to incredible hunting. Wild chukars, valley quail and Huns in their native surroundings, elk, deer, turkey ghosting through the pines, and of course pheasants skulking in the CRP and crops. It only gets better when you hunt horseback.

Your staff is top-drawer, driven to meet the needs of guests. Guides go out of their way to help, Gene takes dogs to the highest level, Vicky in the office is relentless in her attention to detail, and of course, Keith’s food is to die for. I warn you every time I visit that you’d better count your cocker spaniels before I leave because someday I will dognap one!

As their leader you’ve instilled in staff a willingness to go the extra mile and strive for excellence. A successful businessman told me years ago that the key to success was to be ten percent better than one’s competitors. In every respect Ruggs is that, or more.

Every time we broadcast an episode at Ruggs, my viewers express awe at the vastness, the “westernness” of Ruggs Ranch. It is every hunter’s dream to “cowboy up,” explore the wild west, be part of our rugged bast. Nowhere but at Ruggs can one live the dream.

Scott Linden
Wingshooting USA TV

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