An Introduction to Training Your Rhodesian Ridgeback

The first thing you want to do is make sure you dog has a collar that properly fits them along with a leash that is the right width and length for your dogs size. Many trainers recommend a slip collar and a six foot leash. This allows your dog room to roam and a collar that will not choke them too much.

You also want to make sure you have some delectable doggy treats to entice your puppy to listen to your commands. This breed is usually very food motivated and can learn a new command quickly, if they are bribed with their favorite treat.

In our view, crate training is not an option, but a must. There are so many benefits to owning a crate that we wouldnt think of a Ridgie without one. You’ll want to purchase the proper size, and its been our experince that the larger 700 series crates are an absolute must. Being a large breed. Rhodesian Ridgebacks grow quickly. Make sure you get a crate that has a divider in it, which allows you to keep it small enough for a puppy, but increase its size as your dog grows.

Once you have all the essentials for your puppy, you want to start to train him or her. Get your dog trained to a schedule. When it will walk in the morning, when it eats, when it sleeps, and any other activities that are common to your house. Routine is very important for training your pup.

You want to train your puppy to learn basic commands. Start with very easy and simple one-word commands. Many people start with the basics of sit, stay, come, and down. We always train the command “no”, his or her name, and the come command first. Whether you train your dog yourself, or rely on a professional, they will always learn these words first. Once the basics have been taught you can move on to more advance commands.

Part of training your Rhodesian Ridgeback is having the pup become accustom to people handling its mouth, feet, and ears. This is the way to make your dog realize you are the leader of the pack. This will help to train it on basic commands as well. If your pup sees you as the leader then it will learn to respect you. This interaction also builds trust, and increases bonding.