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Riki Schnauzer & Bichon Frise Mix ST JACOBS, ON

  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
  • Gray / Blue / Silver


Friendly, Affectionate, Loyal, Gentle, Smart, Quiet, Dignified, Playful, Curious, Funny, Athletic
Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Other dogs, children.
Prefers a home without
Cats, other animals.
Adoption fee

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Meet Riki


Darling Riki is a 5yr (Bichon/Yorkshire Terrier/Schnauzer?) mix male who was surrendered through no fault of his own

His bloodwork is excellent, and all of his vetting has now been completed

Riki's bio from his foster mom:
Riki is active in nice weather! He loves to go for a walk and seems to come alive when he is walking and sniffing new places. His current walks are a minimum 30 minutes mornings and evenings, and up to 2 hour hikes on weekends.
Riki does not like wet or cold weather and with his thin coat, he needs a jacket when he is out in winter weather.

Riki is food motivated indoors, but outdoors, he is more motivated by the sights and sounds of his environment.

GOOD WITH DOGS? Riki has been living in his foster home with two male dogs of different sizes and energy levels. He uses them to read situations that are new to him and follows their lead in responding to situations. Having another dog in his new home will speed his adjustment and help him feel comfortable when you are not home.
Riki is very excitable when passing by other dogs on the sidewalk while on a leash when we're out for a walk. He reacts more calmly to dogs he meets indoors (pet store, friend’s home). Since he was neutered at the end of March, his excitement to meet every dog is becoming less frantic. He is beginning to be more easily redirected by rewarding him for not engaging with the dog as he passes by. Riki will groan and grumble when he sees dogs outside. When he meets dogs on the other side of our fence he barks excitedly.

Riki is friendly and likes to meet people when we are out walking! He is polite and curious, wanting to sniff and explore new people, but is not overexcited or nervous. He sometimes puts his paws up on people but responds well to being told "off".
He lives next to some small children who often visit and he is consistently interested, friendly and sweet toward them. Riki will bark at people he sees outside, but will respond to redirection and just watch them.

CATS? Showing a terrier type nature, Riki has a typical prey drive regarding small animals such as cats. He is great with all sizes of dogs.
In his foster home, Riki will stalk the cat to try to scare it, and if it runs he chases it.

Riki is submissive with treats and food around adults and kids and is respectful of other dogs around food and treats. He doesn't care about 95% of toys, but does get surprisingly competitive playing tug with us. He will growl at the other dogs to keep a toy he has "won" in tug of war but gives it up easily to people if told to drop it.

Riki does not guard spaces. If he feels crowded he will find a different spot.

CRATE TRAINED? No -behaves well/best outside of crate

Riki will go into his crate for feeding and for short periods when he comes in from a walk or playing in the yard. The crate is stressful for Riki when his people and dog friends are not close. Because he isn't destructive, he has been alone with other dogs, loose in the house, for up to 7 hours. When he travels in the car, we use a seat belt clip with a harness in the backseat for him

Riki becomes anxious if he is without another dog or human. He will bark and try to get out of his crate if he is crated alone.
Currently he is uncrated and sleeps most of the day.
Now that he knows our routines, he begins to get restless and wander the house, about an hour before the rest of "his people" normally get home from work.

Riki is very interested in the environment and loves to be free to explore the world on his harness. He is beginning to to respond to the leash and to pull less on the walk. He is only learning his name, so we currently call him back if he is pulling and reward him with a treat, in order to begin teaching recall and the value of staying close to your people.

HOW DOES YOUR FOSTER DOG REACT WHEN YOU TOUCH THE EARS, TAIL, PAWS ETC. Riki is ok to be bathed and to be touched on his ears, tail and paws, however, he does not fully trust us yet. He gets nervous when I put oil on the pads of his feet or hold them for nail trims. He is not aggressive, just avoidant.
We use CBD oil and treats to help him become accustomed to handling.

PERSONALITY? Riki is a bright eyed observer, who is always curious about what you are doing. Once his curiosity and nose are satisfied, he is grateful to be close and curls up as small as he can, with his back feet under his chin on a mat or comfy couch and is happy until you move and his curiosity makes him follow you on the next adventure. He is an explorer who is always looking to check out a new path or meet a new friend. Riki is very observant, so he is always watching our reactions to things. If the cat is scratching the couch and I raise my voice, Riki quickly heads to a place like the mat where he sits to dry his feet (a place he gets rewarded at). He is not hiding or cowering, just noticing my tone and trying to “do the right thing”. He adapts quickly to routines.

THINGS NEEDING IMPROVEMENT? Riki is a great dog with no issues indoors. He needs work on loose leash walking and not getting over-excited when he sees other dogs.

Riki must wear a harness for walks because any pressure on his throat makes him cough. We never recommend walking dogs on a collar for this reason, as it compresses their trachea. We did a full panel of xrays to rule out any concerns, he is just sensitive to throat pressure
He does not cough when he plays or walks otherwise.

Riki waits patiently while his raw food is warmed a little in the sink, he does not like it cold. He knows he will eat in his crate, so he goes there calmly and eats quickly. He makes a funny little “Meow” sound when he’s done, as if he’s asking for more

Riki's adoption is conditional on mandatory registration with an approved trainer to set him up for success

* MANDATORY Riki requires another suitable canine companion in his home. He loves to play with dogs but can be a bit of a policing boss when other dogs are playing exuberantly around him so a calmer environment with chill dogs is best.
As long as he can do sniffy walks and have access to a large yard and shared snuggle space with another like minded, calm dog, he will be happiest.
*Not suitable to be left alone long hours/more than 4 hours
*Must be located within Ontario Canada
*Inground/ground level Pools and ponds must be separately fenced from yard
* Dog doors are not permitted

Hobo Haven is located in St Jacobs Ontario.
For approved families, we require in person meetings in St Jacobs ON
If you are not willing to drive to this location to meet our dogs after you are approved, please do not apply.
We do not meet elsewhere nor deliver dogs. Adoptions within Ontario only

If you are interested in applying to adopt a dog from Hobo Haven Rescue, please use this link to submit an application

Riki's adoption fee is a minimum donation of $650

Adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations, deworming, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, dentals and all vet care, food and supplies during their time with us. This adoption fee does not at all cover all of our expenses

For anyone possibly interested in adopting from Hobo Haven, here are a few, but not all, criteria to be aware of:

We require all serious applicants to watched "Petfooled" which is a free documentary at this link
, or on Amazon prime or also a variety of other free video sites.
Our motto is "know better/do better" and we ask all adoptive families to be as committed to providing our dogs with quality nutrition as they are to providing love. This documentary is not advertising, purely just educational.

An adoption application must be completed and approved, including vet references as well as a home visit (Zoom during COVID), prior to meeting available dogs.
All dogs are placed in loving foster homes during their time with us, we do not have a shelter to visit.
We do not allow applicants to visit until pre-approved for adoptions. Our dogs are in private foster family homes, not in a shelter.
Any questions may be emailed to

Due to the high volume of applications received for our dogs, priority of replies will be given to applicants who meet the criteria mentioned in the pet's profile.

Please do not ask us to make exceptions, we set these protocols and policies for the dog's best interests which are always our highest priority.

Emails are best, our volunteers work full time and are often not able to answer or return phone calls in a timely manner

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