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The Rhodesian Ridgeback: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet Hardcover – February 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Happy Healthy Pet (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: *Howell Book House; 1 edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582450110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582450117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

At last, a book about your pet that emphasizes total care, training and companionship!

You'll not only learn about the species-specific traits of your special pet, You'll also learn what the world is like from your pet's perspective; how to feed, groom and keep your pet healthy; and how to enjoy your pet through training and activities you can do together.

A breed expert has written The Rhodesian Ridgeback, and it includes a special chapter on training by Dr. Ian Dunbar, internationally renowned animal behaviorist, and chapters on getting active with your dog by long-time Dog Fancy magazine columnist Bardi McLennan. Best of all, the book is filled with info-packed sidebars and fun facts to make caring for your pet easy and enjoyable.

About the Author

EILEEN M. BAILEY resides in Moravia, New York, where she breeds and raises Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Ms. Bailey writes the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed column for the AKC Gazette.

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Customer Reviews

General training tips at the end of the book were very useful.
Mercedes
I highly recommend this book to anyone living with a Ridgeback for the first time.
Erin
This is a great book that introduces the reader to the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed.
Brian Rak

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Beth on May 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have owned one Ridgeback who passed away a year and a half ago, and now currently own my 2nd. I have several other books about the breed and really enjoyed Eileen's book the best. It does repeat some of the info I have in other books, such as the history of the breed and breed standard, but lets face it any book on the breed MUST contain those topics. But in some of my other Ridgeback books they seem to either cover a lot of info that is geared towards dogs in general or they tended to cover a lot of information on show dogs throughout the world. But in this book I found the topics to be more unique to our breed & very informative and entertaining. The author goes into details of her own experiences with some of the topics, like sighting examples of her dogs' sense of humor, how they have amused themselves when left alone, how she has trained her dogs for obedience competition etc. etc. AND that is just in the third chapter of the book! The endless pictures she includes in her book are beautiful as well. I just loved this book!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book after having my Ridgeback puppy for one year and found the author's knowledge of the breed to be second to none. She obviously has devoted her life to assuring the happy, healthy furtherance of this exceptional breed. Chapters on history and ancestry are fascinating, but the most delightful parts (obviously due to the author's longstanding commitment to caring for Ridgebcaks) involve descriptions of the breed's personality and temperment. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the author's personal stories and anecdotes as they are so accurate and funny. Although this book is part of a series on all breeds and contains helpful chapters relevant to the basic health care, training etc.. applicable to all dogs, the Ridgeback specific chapters are a joy to read and would provide any (lucky) would-be Ridgeback owner with an insightful and interesting overview of this wonderful breed. Highly recommended!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Brian Rak on April 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book that introduces the reader to the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed. I found the book to be very helpful and insightful. My wife and I just got a puppy and this book has helped us out with him. We know what to expect from him which is extremely helpful with his training. It has also made us aware of the importance of vaccines and other medical emergencies that can occur and the proper way to handle them. The book is not an in depth technical look at the breed, but an overview of how great these dogs can be to a family, which is why it is so enjoyable. I thought the history of the breed was facinating, along with the descriptions on how gentle ridgebacks are to humans. The author also has a Q & A that is helpful and intersting. These insights really help the reader to familize themselves with these dogs. Also, the pictures were fantastic, they really provide a good look at numerous Ridgebacks and show the beauty of these dogs. If you are thinking about getting a Ridgeback or want an overview of the breed, this book is for you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Johnson on April 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love how easy to read this book was and have been using it to give to my new puppy buyers as a learning tool about the Rhodesian Ridgebacks general traits. It also highlights the breeds sense of humor and traits we all know to watch out for like counter surfing! It is filled with pictures and information that will compliment anyones Ridgeback library.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book last fall after getting my first Rhodesian Ridgeback and waited serveral months for it to come. While the information about the breed is accurate, it is also very vague. The bulk of the material is just generic information that applies to any dog. The Rhodesian is a lovely breed but is, I continue to learn, unusual in its intelligence, agility (especially when counter surfing), and sensitivity. It would have been nice to have the training information tailored to this breed. At the very least some information on finding a good trainer, who uses positive techniques rather that the traditional ones, would have been more helpful. Did like the section of the RR's sense of humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Valdes Jr. on April 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
not really what I expected from the book. I could have used a few more prior reviews to let me know that I was actually looking for a book with more information on raising puppies and nuances inherit to this breed of dog. Good book for a true overall picture of the breed, but to much other non-essential information tossed in
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes on March 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Learning about the unique characteristics of the Rhodesian was fabulous. It was very insightful for me as a first time dog owner, and in particular a first time Rhodesian Ridgeback owner! General training tips at the end of the book were very useful.
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By Roxy on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I haven't read the whole book, but what I have read is amazing. It is just what I wanted. It has the history of the breed, personality of Rhodesian Ridgebacks (RRs), how to take care of RRs, basic first aid, training, etc. The book is an overview (about 150 pages), so you get a lot of info but it doesn't take forever to read. I have had my first RR for a year now and when reading the book it describes my dog exactly; from her intelligence to her humor. If you are seriously looking into this breed, I would strongly recommend you read this book first before making a final decision. RRs are not for everyone, but if you can handle them they are great companions and I don't know what I would do without my RR.
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