It's nice to meet you. I've got 2 ridgebacks myself: a 5 year old male and a 3 (almost 4) year old female. What mine love to do most--more than just running--is play with each other. It seems like ridgebacks, more than most breeds, recognize other ridgebacks and like to play with each other.
Ridgebacks have a very physical style of play that sometimes doesn't go over well with other breeds. They also seem to observe the rules of doggy decorum a little more thoroughly than some breeds. In other words, they don't take well to be rushed up on, generally speaking. They want to do a bit of sniffing and posturing before they decide to play.
My recommendation, especially while you have a youngster is to ask you breeder for the contact information of other people in your area who have ridgebacks that might make good play dates. I know a lot of people enjoy dog parks; they didn't work out well for us, and I don't recommend them---ESPECIALLY for puppies. (A great way to learn BAD habits!) You might also find out if there's a local ridgeback club in your area that hosts play dates and the like.
As far as real running goes, he won't be ready to run until he's about 2. And even then, you want to be careful about running too much too quickly and on hard surfaces (i.e., concrete). Until he's 2, he should walk with you or run off-leash where he's safely enclosed (or far away from traffic) and he can set his own pace and stop when he needs to.
I don't know much about specialized training. My female did well to learn "down!" If you're interested in doing something like agility, which a lot of people do with their ridgebacks and enjoy, I'd ask your breeder about a good training facility in your area. It's better if the trainer is familiar with a hound temperament because all training techniques don't work on all dogs!
Please post photos when you get your pup home! We all love puppy photos.
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