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Miles The Ridgeback - The Journey

Discussion in 'Dog Diaries' started by Ari_RR, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. Ari_RR

    Ari_RR Well-Known Member Registered

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    Meet Miles (a.k.a. "Mr. Wonderful").

    Miles is an 8 weeks old Rhodesian Ridgeback boy, just under 16 lbs.
    Being our second Ridgeback, he - at least in theory - gets the benefits of living with humans who have faced Ridgeback puppyhood in the past, and survived to tell the tale.

    Baby Miles has been with us for only 3 days, but one thing is becoming clear already: 8 years passed since we had our first RR puppy make a difference, and not for the better.
    It turned out that I am a lot heavier on my feet when it's time to get the boy outside, especially in the middle of a cold January night.
    There is still some hope that it's a matter of practice, and my reaction and response time will improve.
    If not - housetraining may be more challenging than we thought.

    At the moment, Miles' world is divided into 2 parts - things which can be bitten, and things which are too high off the ground, and therefore cannot yet be bitten.
    I am sure he expects to close the gap soon. Otherwise, what's the point of growing taller?

    He is not yet always steady on his legs, but when he is - he is incredibly fast.
    Coupled with his tiny size, it's a very helpful quality when stealing slippers and then hiding behind the armchair.
    Getting him (and his well earned trophy) from behind the chair becomes an event, totally enjoyed by all involved.

    Today Miles met the first neighborhood dog, a 4 y.o. beagle boy.
    A lot of love from Miles towards B. Unfortunately, M-love manifested itself in biting B's ears, nose, leash and everything else within reach, but B showed exceptional tolerance, so we'll mark it as a positive socialization encounter.

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    Mad Murphy Well-Known Member Registered

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    Nothing like a little one to make you feel your age!
     
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    You're in for a lot of fun :)

    Just a thought - if I remember rightly, one of Ari's favourite games was for you to chase him when he had a slipper or some other stolen item. Just bear in mind that what worked wonderfully with Ari might turn out to be totally different with Miles, and you don't want to accidentally encourage any guarding tendencies ;)
     
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    Differences in personality between Miles and Ari are very noticeable.

    Ari was a "bubble boy", loved to be near his humans but needed a bubble of his space around him, so the preferred arrangement for the TV night on the sofa was: Ari gets half of the sofa, and all humans get to share the other half.
    Miles is a hugger, a snuggler. I think he won't mind humans taking the entire sofa as long as he gets to sit on top of them, or to wrap himself around them.

    Ari was a very quiet dog, did not discover his voice until he was a teenager.
    Miles is already making all kinds of vocalizations when chasing his toys. We suspect he will be on the loud side.

    Guarding is definitely something to watch for, especially with Ridgeback teeth. We practice taking things away from him, and giving them back right away of course, all the time. He seems to let things go easily, but expects them to be promptly returned.
     
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    First playdate today, with a super cool adult male.

    Fun, exercise, good socializing, and I am sure a couple of good lessons for our tiny land shark, who seemed to be very comfortable and confident engaging with a much bigger boy, and had a terrific time.

    All the credit goes to the big dog, of course, but also shows that the extra effort in arranging this kind of get-together is well worth it.

    We were into dog parks when our first Ridgeback Ari was a puppy, and we paid the price during his adolescence, and probably throughout his entire life.

    This time - no dog parks. Instead we’ll try to have as much interactions and play time with known dogs, who can teach how to play nicely, and promote good manners and confidence.
    This will probably be harder than just letting the puppy loose among random dogs in a dog park, but we will definitely do the best we can.

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    And to end the day - here is The Mysterious Case of Disappearing Slippers (or what happens at night when no-one is looking and a gate is left open):


    Tomorrow - 9 weeks old :)
     
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    ^^^This, in bucketloads. So many people compromise quality for quantity in socialisation and it can turn out so badly.
     
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    He is gorgeous, so like my dog, I'm beginning to think he has ridgeback
     
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