How to Train a Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy - The Right Mindset When Training Your Rhodesian Ridgeback

  • 23/11/2010

Originally bred to be hunters and watch dogs, the Rhodesian Ridgeback possesses a gentle, protective nature within the family setting. These powerful and intelligent dogs require a great deal of daily exercise and make excellent running companions. Rhodesian Ridgebacks do well with children, but because of their playful nature may do better with older children than with younger ones.

Firm, strong leadership is required from the Rhodesian Ridgeback's owner. Masters who want their dog to be more human than pet will not do well with the Ridgeback, as he needs to know his place in the family Only owners who have the time and energy to devote to large amounts of daily exercise will be successful in curbing the Ridgeback's stubborn tendency.

The number one thing that a successful trainer needs to do is earn the assurance and trust of the animal to be taught. These two attributes are the cornerstone to a good dog-training course. A dog is social by temperament, and you should use this predisposition to make schooling him easier.

In a dog's world, if you are the guide, then he will logically understand what you instruct him to do. If you try to omit this step, it will be close to hopeless to train your dog. As you interact with your dog by becoming the alpha in your pack, he will naturally give you the respect and trust that you warrant. After the dog has learned to have confidence in and respect you, he or she may be astonished at how fast the teaching sessions improve.

Most new dog owners misconstrue love and affection for loyalty and respect. By indiscriminately showering a new puppy with snuggles and love, you may be making your training work more demanding down the road. While a puppy can play the cute card to get more or less everything that it wants, it is a gigantic blunder to get started this way. You do not do your dog any favors when you indulge him as a puppy and then require him to respect you when you are set to begin teaching him.

Dogs in reality welcome these types of boundaries, because they are comparable to the rules that the pack leader establishes in nature. Though the pack leader is at the head of the group, each dog in the pack also holds an structured place above and below his pack mates.

Good luck training your new Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy!

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