Bria is a 3 yr old female Cocker Spaniel, now fully vetted including spay, dental cleaning and extractions as needed, microchip, vaccinations, bloodwork, heartworm negative, and ready to find her ideal forever family.
PLEASE READ HER ENTIRE PROFILE BEFORE APPLYING. Only those who meet her criteria will be contacted for interviews. Located in St Jacobs ON
We do NOT export dogs, all meetings take place in St Jacobs.
Bria came into our rescue as a retired breeding dog from a commercial breeder who surrendered her to our care when she was no longer producing litters.
Due to her previous life of neglect and lack of appropriate socialization, Bria is still very shy with new people, skittish around large dogs and noises such as trucks going past, and still learning that humans can be trusted with gentle hands and TLC.
She is a lovely shy girl, adores other dogs and would do best with another friendly, small to medium sized social dog in her home to help her with her confidence and for companionship, she thrives with the guidance of another dog who is confident but also passive
Bria loves human snuggles so much she will climb over her foster brother to reach her foster mom, so a dog in the home who resource guards their humans or food/toys would not be a good fit.
She is currently fostered with cats, and after her initial interest, does not bother them.
Bria is NOT suitable for a loud, busy home with young children or tons of activity and loud video game noises or chaos in the home. She would also not do well with elevators in high rise units.
Bria does require someone who is home more often vs being alone for more than 4-5 hours per day during work schedules etc.
Bria will thrive in a calm but active home where she will have the opportunity to blossom with positive based training, lots of walks and outings to develop her social skills and new adventures to help her safely explore the world and discover all that it holds for her. She is learning that toys are fun and her "delayed puppyhood" is starting to evolve.
Bria is a young girl who is not suitable for geriatric homes, she has only just begun her new life and requires an active lifestyle to continue with her socialization and weight loss goals.
Notes from Bria's foster:
Bria is still adjusting to passing cars/noise outside on her walks and follows the lead of her foster brother to gain confidence on outings.
She likes treats and chewies and is curious of human food but doesn’t beg.
HOW DOES YOUR FOSTER DOG RESPOND TO DOGS MET ON WALKS? She looks but doesn’t really have a reaction.
HOW DOES YOUR FOSTER DOG RESPOND TO DOGS SEEN FROM THE YARD OR INSIDE THE HOME? She watches our neighbour's dog out the window but doesn’t bark or react.
HOW DOES YOUR FOSTER DOG RESPOND TO PEOPLE MET ON WALKS? She doesn’t really have a reaction.
GOOD WITH STRANGERS? PLEASE PROVIDE PEOPLE INTERACTION DETAILS. Yes, but takes awhile to warm up. May take longer to warm up to men, but is generally good with any people she’s met. She also looks to me often for reassurance.
HOW DOES YOUR FOSTER DOG RESPOND TO PEOPLE SEEN FROM THE YARD OR INSIDE THE HOME SUCH AS VISITORS? She has barked at delivery people, but doesn’t always. She doesn’t bark at visitors when they come in. She gets excited to see any regular visitors that she has learned are safe.
GOOD WITH CATS? Yes, used to follow them but doesn’t really care for them anymore.
RESOURCE GUARDING ISSUES? None.
CRATE TRAINED? Yes
PLEASE ELABORATE ON YOUR FOSTER DOG'S BEHAVIOR IN THE CRATE.
Will sometimes whine but is generally quiet and content.
IS YOUR FOSTER DOG DESTRUCTIVE? No
DOES YOUR FOSTER DOG SHOW SIGNS OF SEPARATION ANXIETY? Yes
PLEASE ELABORATE. She follows me around everywhere and is somewhat unsettled when she can’t find me. She’ll run back and forth looking for me.
PLEASE ELABORATE ON YOUR FOSTER DOG'S LEASH SKILLS. Not too bad. It’s improved with time, she does tend to lag behind a little bit sometimes. She does pretty well on the long lead and regular leash. She used to be nervous of the leash going anywhere near her head and she’s gotten so much better.
OKAY WITH MANIPULATIONS? Yes
HOW DOES YOUR FOSTER DOG REACT WHEN YOU TOUCH THE EARS, TAIL, PAWS ETC. PLEASE ELABORATE. No reaction.
PERSONALITY? Bria is a sweet, shy little girl that just wants to be loved. She can be a bit clingy at times but really is content as long as she has her person.
THINGS NEEDING IMPROVEMENT? Training and getting more comfortable walking outside and adjusting to new people and noises.
MEDICAL CONCERNS: None.
FOOD : Mega Dog Raw
FOODS TO AVOID AND WHY? Bria arrived with ear infections and some skin irritations, primarily from the neglectful condition she was living in, but with "cocker ears" and genetic predispositions, Bria would do best remaining on her balanced raw diet to avoid future issues related to carbohydrates in kibble
FAVOURITE TREATS/CHEWIES THAT ARE WELL TOLERATED: Have never found one that she doesn’t like.
POTTY HABITS: She is sometimes hard to get to go to the bathroom. Especially when it’s wet outside.
LAY DOWN? No
LEAVE IT? Yes
ANY OTHER SKILLS/COMMANDS? She doesn’t always listen to the commands but is pretty good with them most of the time. She definitely will need consistent training (note, Bria's foster Mom has a young baby so time for training is limited)
OTHER HABITS/ROUTINES THAT WILL HELP THE DOG SETTLE INTO THEIR NEW HOME:
Allow Bria patience and time to adjust. It may be concerning if she hides a lot and doesn’t like to socialize but she will come out of her shell if given time.
QUIRKS/CHALLENGES/AREAS NEEDING IMPROVEMENT: She needs some work on training and getting used to outside noises and distractions.
STRENGTHS/AREAS THEY HAVE IMPROVED ON: She’s gotten better at walking than the beginning and she doesn’t hide anymore.
TRANSPORTATION? No problems. Sometimes nervous when getting in or out of a vehicle.
ANYTHING TO ADD? Needs to be provided toys or chewies or may chew things that she’s not supposed to.
An adoption application must be submitted to be considered. If Bria's listing is still showing, we are still accepting applications.
Only applicants who meet each dog's criteria for their ideal forever home will be contacted. You MUST submit an adoption application prior to being considered , see instructions at the bottom of this profile.
Children must be over 14, respectful, quiet and dog savvy
Pools or ponds must be separately fenced from yard
Owned or rented homes welcome with landlord's permission, apartments ok if walk up/no high rise apartments for Bria who will be frightened by elevators etc.
Hobo Haven is located in St Jacobs Ontario.
Bria's adoption fee is a minimum donation of $650. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip, age appropriate vaccinations, fecal testing, dental cleaning and extractions, deworming if needed, Heartworm and Tick disease testing, Advantage prevention, and all medical treatments, tests and surgeries required during their time with us.
For anyone possibly interested in adopting from Hobo Haven, here are a few, but not all, criteria to be aware of:
We require all applicants to watched "Petfooled" which is a free documentary available at this link . 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, 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. Any questions may be emailed to email@example.com
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.