Named for the peculiar ridge on his back, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a handsome and strong The Complete Rhodesian Ridgeback (Book of the Breed ). The hardy Rhodesian Ridgeback is a loyal companion to its owner, but must be Rhodesian Ridgeback Training Guide Rhodesian Ridgeback Training Book. The Complete Rhodesian Ridgeback (Book of the Breed) [Peter Nicholson, Janet Parker] on canlirecvima.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Provides a brief.

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Rhodesian Ridgebacks: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

This breed is confident and independent, inclined to do things his own way, and will test members of the family to find his place in the pecking order. Consistent leadership and obedience training is a must.

Overall, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a splendid, capable companion for assertive owners. However, without ongoing time and effort, exercise, socialization, and supervision, he is "too much dog.

Is large, well-muscled, and natural-looking, with one unusual physical characteristic: a ridge of stiff hair along his back Has a short easy-care coat Thrives on vigorous exercise and athletic activities Is the most territorial and protective of the hounds Is calm and quiet in the home — as an adult A Rhodesian Ridgeback may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with Vigorous exercise requirements Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young Destructiveness when bored or not exercised enough Providing enough socialization so that protectiveness doesn't become aggression or suspiciousness Potential aggression toward other animals and chasing instincts Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge A Rhodesian Ridgeback may not be right for you. Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding.

Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training. With an adult dog, you can easily see what you're getting, and plenty of adult Rhodesian Ridgebacks have already proven themselves not to have negative characteristics. If you want a puppy, you can avoid some negative traits by choosing the right breeder and the right puppy.

Unfortunately, you usually can't tell whether a puppy has inherited temperament or health problems until he grows up. More traits and characteristics of the Rhodesian Ridgeback If I was considering a Rhodesian Ridgeback, I would be most concerned about Providing enough exercise.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are well-muscled athletes. To maintain this healthy condition, they need regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things.

Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored, which they usually express by barking and chewing. Bored Rhodesian Ridgebacks can make a shambles of your house and yard. Providing enough socialization. Many Rhodesian Ridgebacks have protective instincts toward strangers. They need extensive exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognize the normal behaviors of "good guys.

Without enough socialization, Ridgebacks may become either aggressive or shy and nervous. For anyone thinking of taking on a Ridgeback this chapter should be compulsory reading as it describes the good - their loyalty and sense of humour, the bad - their independent streak, and the ugly - their destructive nature in adolescence.

If you still want a Ridgeback after you've read this chapter then they are probably the dog for you. The chapter on "Bringing your Rhodesian Ridgeback Home" is full of practical common sense, ranging through choosing a breeder, the equipment you'll need, picking a vet and preparing the house and garden.

Rhodesian Ridgeback book – Guide to judging by Monika Tusanova

Much of this would apply to any breed of dog, but it's worth reading all the same. The chapter on feeding the Ridgeback is a little more breed-specific and gives some good suggestions.

I discovered long ago that my Ridgebacks would eat trolley loads of raw fruit and vegetables and it's suggested here that these should be used as treats rather than doggy junk food.

My older dog will do anything for her ultimate treat - a lettuce leaf. Frankly they're the easiest dogs in the world to groom once they reach the point of realising that you are going to do it. I had some problems with the chapter on keeping the Rhodesian Ridgeback healthy - mainly because this is a book by an American and published in the USA.

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Laws are different, veterinary procedures vary and different vaccinations are required. A great deal of this part of the book simply doesn't apply in the UK. What I did like was the attitude that the most important thing you can do is get to know your dog well and note and investigate any changes.

It's an attitude of mind which every dog owner should adopt.


Unfortunately what are common to the two countries are the majority of the health problems which a Ridgeback can encounter. These are carefully and sensibly explained but I was surprised that there was no mention of allergies which seem to bedevil the breed in the UK. It may be, of course, that the problem is not so extensive in the USA. Ms Bailey's input ends on page 97 of a page book.

As an introduction to the breed it works well. Allowance needs to be made for the health points I raised but this is otherwise the best book on the breed that I've read. There are some excellent pictures of Ridgebacks and they cover all variations of the breed. The next part of the book is on dog training and is written by Dr Ian Dunbar, an animal behaviourist.

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The training he recommends is reward-based and I can tell you from experience that it works well. Based on the principles of praising good behaviour, distracting from bad and ignoring what you can of the rest he lays out a simple training plan covering all basic commands.

It's simply written, well illustrated and a pleasure to read. The section on training is not breed-specific but is useful. The final part of the book is about being active with your dog and is written by Bardi McLennan.

I'm afraid I found this part of little use: It was a minor annoyance though in an otherwise good book.

Rhodesian Ridgeback book – Guide to judging by Monika Tusanova

I'd have liked an index, but that's me being greedy. The book's recommended, particularly to anyone considering taking on a Ridgeback for the first time.

Just send us an email and we'll put the best up on the site.Rhodesian Ridgebacks are well-muscled athletes. I wanted details about the breed standard that's the written list of the characteristics which would make up the perfect dog , quirks of character, training needs and possible health problems.

ISBN: Jessica Kitzing added it Aug 10, V rated it really liked it Nov 14, It was a minor annoyance though in an otherwise good book. Pay extra and get the good food.

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