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Q For Rhodesian Ridgeback Owners

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Pineapple, Mar 29, 2011.


  1. Pineapple

    Pineapple PetForums Member

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    My ridgeback puppy is coming up to 9 months, I was wondering if other ridgeback owners could give some info on roughly how much exercise/activity their dog was getting at around this age?

    The more I read about hip dysplasia the more I worry about over-doing it on walks. We walk between 1-1.5 hrs on sandy/grassy ground, taking breaks to sit down along the way, does this sound appropriate? I've asked about this in another thread recently, but I'd be interested to hear from other ridgeback owners.

    Finally, any ridgeback owners on here whose dog has suffered from hip dysplasia? How old was the dog at the time?
     
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  2. babycham2002

    babycham2002 PetForums VIP

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    At 9 months our ridgeback was only having 45 minute regular walks.
    She is now 16 months and has 1.5 to 2hr walks.
    Fortunately I have not had a dog with hip dysplasia.
    It was an extra concern for us, because of having two large breed puppies that wanted to play fight at home and on walks we had to be extra careful.
     
  3. Ridgielover

    Ridgielover PetForums Senior

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    I'm a long time Ridgie owner and breeder - had RRs since 1985. I'd say 1 1/2 hours a day walking is too much for an 8 month old puppy. However, if you only covering a short distance and sitting down a lot then it's not so bad. I'd say that 45 mins daily would be enough for a pup that age, with some time spent doing some training to tire out the mind :)

    Very pleased to say that I haven't had any of mine affected by HD. Is there any particular reason that you're worrying about this? Are both your pup's parents hip scored? The breed average is around 11 at the moment - which is pretty good for a large breed dog.

    PS nice looking pup :)
     
  4. Pineapple

    Pineapple PetForums Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I think I will be cutting down his walks from now on to strictly 45 mins. Where we walk, along the beach front where there are grassy hills & some rocky bits, there've been occasions where he's seen another dog or is in a hurry to come back to me, and he's taken a leap, I cringe to think about it, it hasn't been often & obviously we don't let him climb stairs or anything. There was one occasion a couple weeks ago where he'd climbed a rock ledge, was making his was slowly back down, then was startled by a cyclist suddenly bursting round the corner and jumped, landing quite heavily on the sand, urg.

    I'm really going to try and be more careful with him.

    Both parents' scores were below that average.

    I'd like to know what to look out for if it were to happen, what would be the signs? He hasn't shown any signs of stiffness or anything, but then around what age would HD start to show? Not to be paranoid/morbid here, I just have a tendency to worry. (And sorry if there's a sticky somewhere on what to look out for, I couldn't see one)
     
  5. WaveRider

    WaveRider PetForums Senior

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    I think it may be wise to ask you vet, who should be able to cover HP info and guidelines including a physiological explanation.

    Its important to consider that recommended daily exercise will develop and maintain muscle to support the dog. Poor muscle development and/or obesity would be factors that would strain the skeletal frame of any dog.

    Do you have health record data and hip scores from the puppies sire-dam?
    With both my Ridgebacks I was aware not to over-exercise during the first year but ignored the Kennel Club guidelines as it was to general and was far too little exercise. Was not until about 16-18 months I walked them up Snowdonia as they would have reached peak potential skeletal growth.

    Again with guidelines. Many don't even be specific to consider other environmental variables that would effect the dog such as land gradient and land surface (sand/snow/tarmac.....)


    Personally I would not worry too much. Make sure your dogs are not nutrient deficient, avoiding the cereal bulked foods out there. Adequate exercise, fun and socialising with other dogs should hopefully increase the likelihood of a healthy life.
     
  6. gooner1

    gooner1 PetForums Junior

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    Hi i have just purchased a ridgeback pupp and the woman does not not have a hip score for it. I have just put a new post on asking for advice. I would like to keep in touch to see how your dog gets on.
     
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