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by Ari_RR
Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:18 am
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: Samson - Rhodesian Ridgeback
Replies: 7
Views: 2259

Re: Samson - Rhodesian Ridgeback

Very handsome fella!
Look at those paws!! He will be huge!
by Ari_RR
Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: October Photo Comp Entry Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 4995

Re: October Photo Comp Entry Thread

Great pictures, everyone!

Here is Ari after taking a shower :lol: :lol: Perhaps this will be his Halloween costume this year :D
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by Ari_RR
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Harness suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 4557

Re: Harness suggestions

There is "easy walk", which doesn't require squeezing the dog's head through a hole (there are two straps, and the leash attaches in the front, rather then on the back). Our ridgeback used to wear one all the time when outside of the house.. He didn't mind wearing one. We recently switched to a diff...
by Ari_RR
Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Explaing Positive Reinforcement rethinking key "sound bites"
Replies: 32
Views: 5805

Re: Explaing Positive Reinforcement rethinking key "sound bites"

Loved Nettle's way.... "What DO you want him to do?" Once this is determined - there is a goal, and the way to achieve it is through reinforcement / rewarding desired behavior. Want him to pee outside? Make it fun for him! Reward when he does it! Want him to walk by your side? Make it fun for him! R...
by Ari_RR
Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let sleeping dog lie??? Or not?
Replies: 17
Views: 3065

Re: Let sleeping dog lie??? Or not?

Oh, I envy all your dancing dog alarms !! When my boy hears me getting up, making noise, leash, harness, cookie jar - he just curls up in his bed, trying to become invisible, and pretends that he is in deep sleep. And if I come over and stand over him, he looks up at me with those wise ridgeback eye...
by Ari_RR
Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let sleeping dog lie??? Or not?
Replies: 17
Views: 3065

Let sleeping dog lie??? Or not?

I love early morning walks.. Right at the sunrise is the best, with colors of the sky changing in front of your eyes.. Plus, on the practical side, to go early is the only way I can take my boy Ari out for an hour or so before leaving for work. The problem is that he is not a morning dog, and prefer...
by Ari_RR
Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog park etiquette question
Replies: 48
Views: 8333

Re: Dog park etiquette question

Having been educated by all the responses (all essentially agreeing on the main point - stay close, correct your dog yourself the moment he is about to cross the line), I changed my attitude a little and am now indeed staying very close to Ari on the playground, ready to interfere. But here is a cha...
by Ari_RR
Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog park etiquette question
Replies: 48
Views: 8333

Re: Dog park etiquette question

Many thanks to everyone who posted their comments, it turned out to be an interesting discussion with a lot of valuable information.

Cheers
Eugene
by Ari_RR
Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog park etiquette question
Replies: 48
Views: 8333

Re: Dog park etiquette question

Yes, this is indeed very convincing. Now, how about the reverse case? When your nice, propery socialized and polite puppy (or dog) is being hassled by another one who lacks manners. To step in and quickly remove your puppy, or to allow him to learn how to say "no"? I may be wrong here.. But I would ...
by Ari_RR
Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Getting a second dog
Replies: 22
Views: 4161

Re: Getting a second dog

So, emmabeth, then while having two terriers, especially two Pattersdales, is a bad idea.. having two Ridgebacks (sighthounds, working hounds bred to work as a team when hunting lions, 1 male + 1 female, 2 years or so apart in age) may be a slightly better idea, not necessarily a recipe for disaster...
by Ari_RR
Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog park etiquette question
Replies: 48
Views: 8333

Re: Dog park etiquette question

A great suggestion by Nettle to research dog body language... I am sure there is plenty of information out there, perhaps even on this forum.

Eugene
by Ari_RR
Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:18 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Getting a second dog
Replies: 22
Views: 4161

Re: Getting a second dog

Hmm... You are killjoys, emmabeth and Nettle :D :D We were thinking of adding the second dog when the first one is 18 months. He is a ridgeback male, so we thought of a female but still a ridgeback, main reason being that once Ridgebacks get 2-3 hours of physical and intellectual exercise per day, t...
by Ari_RR
Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog park etiquette question
Replies: 48
Views: 8333

Re: Dog park etiquette question

Many thanks, Erica and jacksdad.  I agree that to err on the side of caution is perhaps the best approach, which does indeed mean stopping the interaction if not 100% sure that there is no potential for a confrontation. But I don't necessarily agree with a suggestion that humans should step in on be...
by Ari_RR
Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog park etiquette question
Replies: 48
Views: 8333

Dog park etiquette question

Hello! May I ask for opinions ? This question popped up in my mind earlier today, while observing my own boy (12 months, 90 lbs ridgeback Ari) at a dog playground. It was a lazy late morning, not too many dogs.. Ari wondered around for a little while, then set his sights on this lovely girl - which ...
by Ari_RR
Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Victoria's Announcements
Topic: Victoria's new Positively Podcasts now available!
Replies: 15
Views: 30464

Re: Victoria's new Positively Podcasts now available!

This will probably be a dissenting view... But I listened to a few podcasts, and, to be honest, I thought that there is too much Holly and not enough Victoria...

Cheers!
Eugene