Training a Rhodesian Ridgeback
The first three months you have your puppy are the most important (3-6
Start early and remember they get big fast, so I don't advise you
to carry or allow your puppy jump up. They are cuddlers, so being in
your face is a hard habit to brake. Many have lost teeth from a head
bashing. Do nails every day – even if you only cut one nail a day.
Create your life long routine, when to get up, feed, potty,
training sessions etc. Before long, you'll think your Ridgeback can
tell time. Consistency – Consistency! If you are not going to want a
70-100 pound dog on your lap, in bed, or on the furniture then don't
let them on it when they are young. That is not to say you can't go
onto the floor and socialize with your puppy.
Redirect all biting by offering a toy instead. Dog toys are
cheaper than furniture, clothing, knick-knacks and humans. Buy many
toys, but don't let the puppy have all of them all the time. Trade
them out and it's like having a new toy. Dogs like to have "valuable
objects" playing tug makes that toy valuable because they had to
work for it. Later, you can use this as a training reward.
I am a certified dog trainer; I am third generation dog trainer.
I can tell you, with no uncertainty, if you follow the advice given
above; you will at minimum give your puppy the best start in life.
Always challenge your Rhodesian Ridgeback with a new idea, game
or trick. The first two years maybe challenging, but they mature
faster than, say a Lab, which can take up to 5-7 years to mature.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are in the Hound group for a reason… they
are lazy and intelligent-independent-thinkers. They will find the
shortest-quickest route to get what they want. Remember you are
smarter – they want food, to get a Ridgeback to do something, let
them know they can have food (treat) once the have accomplished the
objective. Praise is just as rewarding – they love a good butt
Knowledge is power; I hope I have helped empower you with a
glimpse of what it takes to train a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Recommended reading: Guide for puppy owners you and Your
Ridgeback: A Guide for Puppy Owners written and developed by the
Owner Education Committee of RRCUS, Inc.