Dog Training in the Real World

Are you frustrated with "corporate" or "franchise" dog training?  You show up to an overcrowded class once a week.  Everyone sits on a chair with their dog while the instructor, who is following a flow chart made up by corporate, spends the majority of the class time talking about themselves and their dog.  Are you and  your dog really receiving the individual attention you paid for & deserve?  If so, great.  If not, you have a better choice!

Our dog obedience training programs are personalized to train your dog for your individual needs.  Whether you need on-leash control, off-leash control or are having other problems, we will customize your dog's training program to meet your needs. 

We are conveniently located 15 minutes from Falcon, Woodmen Hills, Meridian Ranch, Banning Lewis Ranch & surrounding areas of eastern Colorado Springs. In addition to training, your dog can participate in Outdoor Adventures such as swimming (seasonal), hikes, jumps and various other activities. When your dog is with us he / she will have an endless variety of adventures in which to participate. ​​

Our obedience training program welcomes most breeds.

​Click here to download a copy of our obedience dog training questionnaire.
On Leash Training
Trying to walk a dog that pulls, tugs & jumps can be a chore.  At times it can be extremely frustrating.  Our On-Leash training program will give you a dog that's a pleasure to take for a walk. Your friends and neighbors will be amazed at the transformation.  You and your dog will actually enjoy going for walks!

Training Program Highlights

  • Personalized 2 week in-board program
  • Training equipment included (custom hand made training leash, training collar, training tab)
  • ​Follow up private training sessions included at no additional charge

Your dog will learn:

  • Heel (walk by your side without pulling)
  • Sit (sit and stay)
  • Here (come to you)
  • Down (lie down and stay)
  • Off (not jumping)

Off Leash Training

Having a reliable recall when hiking, jogging or biking with your favorite canine is a necessity.  We know how frustrating & dangerous it can be when your dog is off leash, you call him / her, they look at you, then it's off to the races.  Panic sets in.  Are they headed toward a busy street?  You begin to wonder if you will see them again?  Not a pleasant feeling. 

Our Off-Leash training program will give you the control you don't have, but desperately need.  Outdoor activities will be more enjoyable and much safer.​​

Lifetime follow-up private training sessions are included.  If you have a problem after your dog returns home, just give us a call.  We'll schedule a convenient time for a one on one training session with you and your dog at no additional charge!!!

Training Program Highlights

  • Personalized 6 week in-board program
  • Training equipment included (custom hand made leash, training collar, training tab & a Garmin Sport Pro remote collar)
  • Lifetime follow-up private training sessions included at no additional charge

Your dog will learn the following off-leash:

  • Heel (walk by your side)
  • Sit (sit and stay)
  • Here (this is a big one, come when called with distractions)
  • Down (lie down and stay)
  • ​Place
  • Off (not jumping)
  • Sit out of motion
  • Down out of motion
  • Remote sit & down​

Swimming, Outdoor Adventures & More . . .

Don't Leave Your Dog Home Alone!

Now that your dog has successfully completed a training program, what's next?  Left home alone to entertain themselves?  Doggy daycare in an overcrowded warehouse?  If this works for you and your dog, great!  If not, check out the unique and exciting alternative we have to offer.

Swimming and outdoor adventures are great exercise for canine fitness.  These activities are available to dogs completing our off leash program. Swimming is seasonal (May - October). Outdoor adventures are available year round.  Our outdoor adventures are not the typical group of dogs in a small fenced yard.  Your dog's ourdoor adventures are on several hundred acres.  For more information about this one of a kind program, please visit Colorado Outdoor Dogs.

  • Different than doggy daycare
  • Different than traditional boarding kennel
  • ​Different than a dog park
  • Pond time
  • Ourdoor adventures
  • Off leash hikes
  • Large outdoor exercise yards
  • Cavaletti jumps & other activities

Rug-ged Retrievers takes special care to understand the unique needs of each of our clients and to design a customized training program that will exceed your expectations.  Our clients are second to none, and we are proud to share just a few of their testimonials.

  1. Managing Director

"My wife was in tears every other day trying to cope with our rather rambunctious nine month old yellow lab, Odin. He was jumping up on us, tearing at our clothes, pulling us down the street on walks, getting on the furniture, not coming when called and generally just out of control most of the time
We placed Odin in Tim & Jo Anne's obedience training program. Odin was heeling off leash, coming when called and laying down to our commands. We could not be more pleased with the results. My wife was particularly pleased and quite frankly relieved. She was now actually looking forward to Odin's return home."

Steve & Sheri B. Colorado Springs, CO