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About Riley - KS

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Adoption Fee: 325.00
  • Species: Dog
  • General Color: Sable
  • Fence Required: Yes(6 foot)
  • Housetrained: No
  • Obedience Training Needed: Has Basic Training
  • Exercise Needs: High
  • Owner Experience Needed: Breed
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly


4 year old female, spayed.

$325 Kansas




Riley is looking for her person.  She would prefer an active person with Malinois experience, who likes to throw the ball, go for walks, and let her cuddle in their lap. The ideal person would love hugs, because that is her special talent.  She has “happy eyes” and an incredible smile.


Even by Malinois standards, Riley is smart and very athletic.  Her foster thinks that she would do well with Obedience, disc or possibly dock diving.  She is fast, energetic, and loves to leap into the air for a tennis ball.  Riley completed heartworm treatment in October, 2019, and her foster says that you would never know, because Riley is “so full of energy and life and fun.”


Riley LOVES people.  She wags and wiggles for humans who let her approach at her own pace.  She gets so excited to greet that sometimes you have to remind her to sit, because her instinct is to dance and jump for joy.  She probably isn’t good for small children because her enthusiasm can get the best of her.  Her foster says that she would “bond with a teenager in a heartbeat” and that “she is so much fun to play with.”


Establishing trust is very important.  Once she realizes that you are hers, she is “very loving and very playful.”  When she accepts you, she is so affectionate and loyal that “it makes you feel good” to be chosen.  One of her foster’s favorite things is to sit and watch the sunset together.  Riley climbs into her lap, and they watch the day fade.  


Riley knows sit, down, wait, and heel.  She will recall well under most conditions, but does have prey drive.  Her foster is working on helping her build focus and learn manners.  Her foster loves Riley’s “happy attitude and willingness.”  She “is fun to work with,” and would love a person who enjoys training and games. 


It seems like Riley did not have much time in the house before coming to rescue, so she doesn’t understand what is allowed and what is not.  She is gaining more privileges in her foster home, but if she gets frustrated, her first instinct is still to “chomp on something” like bedding or furniture. She can be redirected if she does something inappropriate, and it would be a good idea to keep toys on hand to help her figure it out.  


Moving vehicles are Riley’s nemesis.  She will chase vehicles or bikes.  She is okay getting in the car.  But once you start moving, she does not like it, and she is not afraid to tell you about it.  Her fosters are working on the barking, but her family will need to move slowly to help her learn that going in the car can be a good thing.  The restrictions during heartworm treatment meant that she didn’t get a lot of fun outings.  You have a great opportunity to show her that the car can mean trips to the park and treats.  


Resource guarding is something that her family will need to help Riley overcome.  Once she decides she trusts you, she improves very quickly, however, this is a slow road and trades are appropriate play with a human at this time.  She is smart enough to accept a trade for a better item, or to trade one tennis ball for you to throw another.  She can be a little growly over something really valuable, like a bone, but that’s brief if she trusts you or you offer to trade up to something better.  


Riley is an “affectionate and engaging” dog.  She would like best to be an only dog, and definitely shouldn’t share a home with cats.  She has love and affection in abundance for her people, and wants a home where you can love her back just as much.  


For someone who wants to train a sport dog, this girl is a gem.  She will need polish, so an experienced home is recommended.  She has higher than average energy.  If you are athletic and love training, she is a great partner.  She likes to work, wants to learn, and wants to bond with you.  You should like to play, to teach, and love whole-heartedly.  And of course, you must love hugs.


Riley's Adoption Application

More about Riley - KS

Is Not Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good with Adults, Somewhat vocal, Requires a yard, Leashtrained, Plays fetch, Likes to play with toys, Protective, Obedient, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Intelligent, Goofy, Not good with small dogs

ABMR thanks you for taking the time to look at our malinois available for adoption. 

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