The Complete Guide to Rhodesian Ridgebacks: Breed Behavioral Characteristics, History, Training, Nutrition, and Health Care for Your new Ridgeback Dog


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A revolutionary new look into everything “Ridgeback”; a MUST-READ that includes practical tips, tricks, and insights to help a new (or seasoned) Rhodesian Ridgeback owner.

Using interviews with several top Rhodesian Ridgeback breeders, author (and former Vet Tech) Tarah Schwartz has created an in-depth look at what it REALLY takes to successfully live with, raise, and train a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Covering all the Ridgeback-specific topics you NEED TO KNOW, such as:

The unique characteristics and quirks of the Rhodesian Ridgeback breedEarly training (including housebreaking) strategies for Rhodesian RidgebacksChoosing the proper supplies and food for a Ridgeback puppyHelpful strategies for socializing a Rhodesian Ridgeback with other dogsHealth care advice for each stage of your Rhodesian Ridgebacks lifeGrooming tips that a Ridgeback owner needs to know!

If you are considering bringing a Rhodesian Ridgeback into your home (or already have!) then you need to read this book as soon as possible!

Whether you’ve just brought home your first Rhodesian Ridgeback or are an experienced owner, this guidebook will help you learn the necessary skills to be the best pet parent possible. If you’re still considering adopting a Rhodesian Ridgeback, you’ll learn enough about the breed to make an informed decision on whether it’s the right breed for your lifestyle.

The Complete Guide to Rhodesian Ridgebacks will provide you with everything you need to know from choosing your puppy and preparing your home, to socializing, training, grooming, and feeding your new Ridgeback puppy.

Chapter Topics Include:

Rhodesian Ridgeback HistoryChoosing a Rhodesian RidgebackPreparing Your Home for Your New Rhodesian RidgebackThe First Few Weeks with your new PuppyBeing a Puppy ParentHousetrainingSocializing with People and AnimalsRhodesian Ridgebacks and Your Other PetsPhysical and Mental ExerciseTraining Your Rhodesian RidgebackBasic CommandsCorrecting Unwanted BehaviorsTraveling with Rhodesian RidgebacksNutritionGrooming Your Rhodesian RidgebackBasic Health CareAdvanced Rhodesian Ridgeback Health and Aging Dog Care

When bringing home a new member of the family, you want to be as prepared as possible and this guidebook will teach you how to puppy-proof your home and ease your puppy’s transition into his or her new home. You’ll learn about what it takes to house train your new Rhodesian Ridgeback, how to teach a few basic commands, and how to correct bad behavior at the first sign. If you want your new dog to grow up to be a respectful member of the family, you’ll want to socialize and exercise her properly. You’ll learn about various training methods to help you teach your new dog basic manners and interesting tricks.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are considered to be quite healthy, but they can be affected by a few common genetic conditions. This book will guide you through the basic nutrition and vet care necessary for your dog to stay healthy. Proper grooming and coat care are also important aspects in raising a happy, healthy dog. You’ll learn about what you can do to help prevent your dog from becoming sick or injured.

No matter how much experience you have with the breed, this book will become an invaluable resource throughout your Rhodesian Ridgeback’s life. You’ll find yourself referring back to the book time and time again from puppyhood through your dog’s golden years.

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All About Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Aptly described by the American Kennel Club as an “All-Purpose Renaissance Hound,” the Ridgeback’s history with humans dates back to their native Africa, where they were bred for tracking and baying all manner of game. Aside from their storied history, Rhodesians are an affectionate breed, and are infinitely loyal to their owners. Is a Ridgeback right for you? Read on and decide for yourself!

Preparing for a Ridgeback

Whether bringing home a puppy or adopting an adult rescue, it’s important to consider specific needs of the breed. Learn about critical supplies, puppy-proofing and safety considerations, and crating where necessary ahead of your newest family member’s arrival! Cost breakdowns included.

Training and Exercise

Rhodesians are an active breed; it’s in their genes to get out and stay on the move! Encourage their natural tendencies through exercise, basic commands, and clear expectations. Next, learn about the proven method of operant conditioning to reinforce positive behavior and establish your role as a confident owner!

Nutrition and Lifestyle

Much like humans, Ridgebacks benefit from a vitamin-rich, well-rounded diet. Learn how to discern quality of various commercial foods, and determine whether a homemade diet might be right for you and your pup. Next, explore weight management essentials to keep your Rhodesian’s bodyweight optimal!

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Expert Advice

Author and experienced dog trainer Tarah Schwartz used interviews with several top Ridgeback breeders to create the ultimate guidebook on the breed. Find every chapter filled with expert tips, tricks, advice, and quotes that will help any new owner.

Keys to Socialization

Socialization makes your Ridgeback much less fearful of his or her environment, and enables them to approach new and unfamiliar scenarios with an even temperament. Equip your RR with the skills to greet both dogs and people with surety and confidence!


A short coat that sheds intermittently means that grooming your Ridgeback is less complicated than with longer-haired dogs. Learn how to keep it shiny year-round while also developing a schedule to care for nails, ears, teeth and skin!

Care through the Years

Whether you meet your Rhodesian as a puppy, adult or senior, you will be gaining a lifelong friend. Learn about illness and injury prevention, genetic prevalence in the breed, and common old-age ailments specific to Ridgebacks. Senior care covered specifically!

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Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (September 2, 2019)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 151 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1689606789
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1689606783
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.5 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.35 x 9 inches

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