Activities For Rhodesian Ridgebacks

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Introduction

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect activity partner for outdoor lovers looking for a jogging or hiking companion. Though originally bred to hunt lions in Africa, this breed is generally relaxed and low drama, preferring a spot on the couch after a run to a spot guarding the door. Activities for Rhodesian Ridgebacks need to include a mentally challenging component. Though these dogs can grow into moderately active adults, they are smart and can become bored and destructive if not entertained. Overall, this breed does well with humans who are active and enjoy learning new games.

Obedience Competitions

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
30 mins
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Clicker
Props or training tools
Activity description
Your Rhodesian Ridgeback is the perfect candidate for obedience competitions. Their agile frames and quick minds mean they are easy to train and can complete a large variety of tasks that take both mental and physical stamina. Obedience competitions challenge dog and owner teams to complete a grueling variety of tasks. Both human and canine need to be focused and exacting in executing each part of the competition. The daily practice it takes to master these tasks is an important binding opportunity and a mental release for your dog. Obedience competitions will challenge both of you and you'll end up with a lovely companion who has the best manners on the block.
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Back to basics
The cornerstone of any obedience class is basic training. This is not only where you will establish base-line obedience skills like sit, stay, and come, but it will also create the training groundwork for teaching more advanced skills. It's a good idea to join a class with an instructor you admire. They can help you develop your strategy to work with your Rhodesian Ridgeback and correct any bad habits before they take hold. Don't be afraid to take the class more than once if you or your dog need more time to master the commands.
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Learn the obedience exercises
Many different exercises may be asked of you and your dog in obedience competitions. Make sure you get a list of the most common tasks and start learning them. Generally, in competition you will need to string several of these exercises together without stopping, so vary your drills and sequences. Make sure you focus on other aspects like heeling between exercises and in and out of the ring. If you can find an obedience club near you, practice with more experienced members, who can help guide you along.
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Enter a competition
After a few months of practicing with your Rhodesian Ridgeback, enter your first competition. Make sure to prepare by practicing with distractions and practicing in unknown places, so your dog is ready for show time. Sign up with your local club or a partner if you can to ease any nerves you might have. Remember to have fun and don't put too much pressure on the first time around. This is an opportunity to learn and have fun with your dog.
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Summer Hike

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Dog water bowl
Map or trail guide
Activity description
One of the most fun activities for Rhodesian Ridgebacks is to go on a hike with you. They love to run and explore the woods just as much as you do. The combination of physical activity and the mental challenge of checking out a new place is the perfect combination to keep your dog tired and happy. Rhodesian Ridgebacks make steady trail companions. There is nothing they love more than trotting along next to you as you seek a new peak or walk along the water. Make hiking part of your summer routine and your dog will be happy and tired during the best months to get outside.
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Check the map
The first step is to find the perfect trail to take your dog on for their first hike. Look through local maps, research day-hiking guidebooks, and talk to people at your local pet or outdoor stores for ideas. You want something that isn't too steep or long to make your first hike successful. If it's a hot summer day, look for trails that have water sources for cooling off like streams or lakes. Be sure that your trail of choice is open to dogs as well and research any leash-laws that you'll need to follow.
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Prep your pack
Once you know where you're going, you want to make sure you have everything you need. Pack a backpack with your map or guidebook, water, and any food you want to take. Hiking is especially excellent to enjoy picnic lunches. Make sure you pack for your dog too. Bring a water bowl and plenty of water if there are no natural water sources on your hike. Pack a few snacks for your pup as well so they can sustain their energy. If this sounds like a lot of gear, you can also get your dog a backpack and let them carry their things.
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Head out on the hike
When you're ready, head out on the hike with your dog. Start early in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat and possible thunderstorms. Make sure your dog displays good trail manners and clean any poop off the trail if need be. Enjoy your hike with your dog, and revel in their happiness at smelling trees or swimming in an alpine lake. When you get home, they'll be just as happy hanging with you on the couch and celebrating the big day.
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Movie Night

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
1.5 hrs
Items needed
Comfy couch
Your favorite dog movie
Movie snacks for you and the dog
Activity description
Your Rhodesian Ridgeback is more than happy to snuggle up on the couch with you and watch a good dog movie. If it's been raining or you and your pup are looking for an easy, low-key activity, why not schedule a movie night? It's one of the best activities for Rhodesian Ridgebacks who need a little rest with their human or families, and it's a fun and relaxing binding activity. Pop some popcorn, cue up a classic or something you've been meaning to watch, and hunker down for some action, adventure, or romanceĀ and some intense cuddling with your sweet, furry, family member.
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Prepare your spot
The critical component to any movie night is to prepare the perfect nest. It should be comfy, cozy, and easy to access snacks and drinks that are essential for movie watching. Decide where the dog will sit, and who wants to cuddle with them. If you have children, you may need to establish turn-taking rules. Set up your blankets and pillows and make sure everyone is in their comfy clothes.
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Pick the movie and snacks
Now, pick the movie you want. You could make it a dog theme to honor your pup. Perhaps "A Far Off Place" which even boasts Rhodesian Ridgebacks as actors is a good pick. Whatever it is, you want to cue it up before you get your snacks. There are several snacks you can share with your dog for movie snacks. Carrots and berries are a healthy option, and you can even make them their own bowl of popcorn with no salt or butter added.
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Press play
When you've picked your movie, the snacks are made, and everyone is cozy and ready press play and let the movie begin. Let your dog snuggle up and stretch out on their favorite humans, and remember to toss them a snack every now and again throughout the movie. If you've set up a doggy cuddle schedule for the kids, make sure you remember to stick to it. Your dog won't mind the interruption as long as they are getting constant love and attention.
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Frisbee

A simple game of frisbee is the perfect before or after work activity for Rhodesian Ridgebacks. They enjoy the time chasing and catching the Frisbee and wear out any extra energy they have.

Agility

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are excellent candidates for agility because of their quick, smart intellect and their athletic ability. It will challenge them and strengthen your bond together.

Conclusion

Rhodesian Ridgebacks make incredible companions for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Though they grow up to have a moderate energy level, they still need plenty of exercise each day to keep them happy and entertained. A bored dog can be a destructive dog so make sure you plan ahead with plenty of activities for Rhodesian Ridgebacks to challenge them both mentally and physically. Their relaxed nature and love to be by your sideĀ make them excellent trail dogs. If you need a partner for running, hiking, or other outdoor activities, your Rhodesian Ridgeback is perfect to fill that position and more.