10 Holiday Dangers for your small dog

10 Holiday Dangers for your small dog

Can dogs eat turkey? Can dogs eat onions? Chocolate? What if my dog eats tinsel? Here are the answers, and more holiday tips to keep your small dog safe on the holidays.

holiday hazards for dogs

The Top Ten Holiday Hazards for your Morkie


  1. Raisins and grapes
  2. Nuts
  3. Toxic holiday plants
  4. Tinsel
  5. Electric cords, lights
  6. Wrapping paper, ribbons, ties
  7. Onions, chives, garlic
  8. Chocolate
  9. Turkey, bones and fat
  10. Tree preservative

Raisins and grapes are very toxic for dogs. Although scientists don’t know exactly why, this phenomenon is well documented. Dogs of any age or breed can be affected. Grape/raisin toxicity can lead to suddenly kidney failure in some dogs, but not all.

Just another reason to ban fruit cake from your home.

Toxic holiday plants – two of the worst are holly and mistletoe which can cause gastrointestinal problems, difficulty breath and even heart failure!


Nuts. Most nuts are not good for dogs and some are downright dangerous. Macadamia nuts and black walnuts can be lethal in large enough doses. Others like peanuts (not salted, roasted or spiced) and plain cashews are “OK” for dogs in small amounts, but really, they’re best avoided since they’re also a choking hazard for a small dog like a Morkie.

Tinsel and other ornaments – eeewwww, shiny object! Tinsel can be sharp, and if it wraps itself around the intestines or balls up in the stomach, it can mean major surgery to save your pet’s life.

Turkey bones, fat and skin should be kept well out of reach of pets. Cooked bones especially, revery dangerous. After they’re eaten, bones can break off in shards and puncture an animal’s intestines.

Turkey itself can be quite fatty for a dog, unless you stick to a plain piece of white meat with no skin and no gravy. Otherwise your Morkie could get an upset stomach or even a bout of painful pancreatitis.

Onions are, surprisingly, quite toxic for dogs and cats They contain an ingredient called thiosulphate which can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia. In the same family, garlic, chives and leeks should be avoided as well. Some experts say that garlic, prepared properly for dogs, isn’t dangerous and in fact, is good for your pet. But the benefits don’t seem worth it.


Chocolate contains the toxin theobromine. We can easily metabolize theobromine, but dogs process it much more slowly, so it builds up to toxic levels in their system. A small amount can cause major gastrointestinal distress; and a large amount, can even lead to death.

Wrapping paper, ribbons, ties are all attractive to dogs, and all can get lodged in your dog’s stomach or intestines, causing illness and pain.

Electric cords, lights. Curious puppies and kittens can get caught up in the excitement of lights, and bite through, burning themselves and shorting the wires. Keep them out of reach, and/or tape them down.

Tree water. Commercial preservatives typically contain some kind of fertilizer, some type of sugar, and fungicides. Some contain other ingredients such as aluminium sulphate.

The amount that a child or pet could consume isn’t poisonous, but will cause a stomach upset and vomiting.

Christmas tree preservatives aren’t necessary, according to experts – just fresh water is all you need to minimize needles dropping and keep the tree from being super dried out. If you really want to add something, try 1/4 cup corn syrup mixed into 1 quart of water. Keep the tree basin filled.

And a big danger during the holidays

morkie running in field good quality photo

Running away. With people coming and going, the doorbell ringing, and lengthy goodbyes at the door, your Morkie has plenty of chances to sneak out and dash off into the night. Keep him in another room or safe in a carrier cage or kennel while your guests are coming and going.

Can dogs eat turkey?

What to do if your Morkie does eat turkey bones

Don’t panic.

Don’t try to make your dog throw up; better, say experts, to let the bones work their way through….UNLESS your dog is pacing, upset, choking, gagging or licking his lips a lot (a sign of anxiety). In that case, contact your Vet or an Emergency Vet right away.

If he seems alright, feed only soft foods for the next few days, such as rice or white bread. Keep him calm and quiet, and monitor his poop for the bones or bone fragments. 

Keep your dog calm and quiet for the next few days. Monitor his poop carefully for bones or bone fragments. 

If your Morkie has any of these symptoms, contact your Vet immediately:

  • difficulty going poop
  • black or bloody stools
  • vomiting
  • no appetite
  • diarrhea
  • seems to have abdominal pain.  

More tips and ideas for the holidays, including gifts for dog lovers.

Dog Boarding: What You Need to Know

Dog Boarding: What You Need to Know

As the holidays approach, you might be thinking about dog boarding for your Morkie. What should you look for in dog boarding? What should raise concerns? Here are some tips on finding the best dog boarding for your Morkie.

What kind of dog boarding is right for you?

When you need your Morkie minded overnight, there are a number of options, including:

  • traditional kenneling – each dog has his own kennel area or ‘cage.’ He’s let out for regular exercise
  • deluxe kennels or “pet hotels” – which offer a myriad of other services, from basic grooming to spa-like service. The facilities themselves are very luxe, with dog furniture, linens and more
  • professional pet sitter – who can look after your Morkie in your own home, or at their place. Look for people who are insured and bonded, and connected to a professional pet sitting business.
  • “free range” boarding – this is more like a regular kennel facility, but there are common areas where guests can play together, swim, etc. 


Some of the choices when you’re looking for dog boarding.

It's never too early to make a reservation for dog boarding

Awwwww! Naturally we want the best possible care for our little dogs when we’re away.

Pet hotels gone wild!

When it comes to deluxe accommodations, not many can hold a candle to facilities found in the U.K.

Renowned for their dedication to their dogs, the Brits know how to do it up right. But there are plenty of upmarket options in the U.S. of course, and Canada and other countries. For fun, take a look at the facilities at some of these places: Jet Pet Resort,  Hayfields and MustLoveDogs.  You’ll be jealous!

How to find good dog boarding

If you’re looking for a reliable, safe place to board your dog, start with your Vet. Sometimes they also offer boarding. It’s usually pretty basic, but does offer huge peace of mind, should your Morkie get sick or if he needs special medical care. If they don’t offer it, many Vets can recommend local boarding.

You can also find quality professional boarding facilities through friends, or go online for recommendations. Be sure to read customer comments (Google and Yelp listings of the business are great for these)

Dog daycare facilities with boarding are another good option; there will be additional  stimulation for your dog, exercise and socialization.

Questions to ask if you’re boarding your Morkie

Here are some of the things you’ll want to know up front:

Where will my dog be kept?

Do you keep dogs in cages or kennel runs? Or do you crate the dogs?

What size is the cage or kennel run?

If your Morkie isn’t crate-trained, keeping him a crate all day could trigger anxiety. So-called dog hotels on the other hand, usually have small rooms with dog beds and toys, making it seem more like home.

Do you have indoor only runs or indoor/outdoor runs?

Will my dog be walked?

How often will my dog be walked? If your Morkie is used to regular daily walks, it would be great to keep up that habit. But many kennels let their guests out for a couple of minutes, a few times a day, instead of actually walking the dogs on a leash.

Are all the other dogs up to date on vaccinations?

What vaccinations to you require? What proof do you need? Do you require all dogs to have proof of Rabies and Bordatella vaccination? (The right answer is ‘yes’.)  Most facilities want your Morkie to have Bordatella – a vaccine against kennel cough. It’s usually given as a nasal spray by your Vet. *** Your Morkie needs the Bordatella at least 10 days before boarding, for most facilities.

Do all the dogs interact with one another, or exercise or play together?

If so, how do you separate small and large dogs?  What supervision is given and what’s the ratio of people to dogs?

Is someone on premises overnight? 

And very important – are caretakers certified in Pet CPR?

More questions to ask about dog boarding

 too many dogs

“How do you keep small dogs safe from big ones?”


How many dogs can you keep at one time?

What do you do if a dog gets sick?

What does the kennel feed?

Can I bring my dog’s food? (Don’t expect a discount if you do – it takes longer to serve your dog’s own food than feeding all the dogs a common mix).

Do you check each pet for individual temperament to confirm that they are compatible or good natured?

What amount of general liability insurance do you have? What does it cover?


COST – how much? Are there any extras or add-ons I should be prepared for? May I have a written estimate?


Instead of dog boarding, what about an in-home sitter?

Hire a professional dog sitter

if you’d rather keep your Morkie in your home while you’re away, a professional, bonded and licensed pet sitter can come in to your home two or three times a day, or more if you wish.

Naturally, the more often they come, the more the service will cost. They can also mind your Morkie overnight in their own homes.

Rover.com is an up and coming company; they offer pet sitting, walking and drop in visits. Their app for your smartphone is amazing!


PetSit.com is just one of several sites that can help you find a pet sitter online.

Or check your local listings. Google “pet sitter” and your location to find lots of resources. Right, new Apps like rover.com help you find sitters and dog walkers, for short or long term needs.


From Wiki-How:

  • You should make sure any pet sitter you hire has liability insurance. A pet sitter should also have had some formal training.
  • Check to see if the pet sitter works with a veterinarian. You want to make sure emergency services are available if necessary.
  • Make sure a pet sitter provides references. You do not want to hire anyone without contacting past clients first. A pet sitter will have access to your home. You want a list of people who can confirm the legitimacy of a potential sitter.

Read more: How to Choose a Pet Sitter

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Dog grooming at home

Dog grooming at home

Are you hesitant to try dog grooming at home? Don’t be — it’s easier than you think! And it’s a great chance to keep an eye on your Morkie’s health, while you bond. 

Dog grooming at home includes these 5 different steps:

  1. combing and brushing,
  2. cleaning your Morkie’s ears,
  3. clipping his nails,
  4. bathing him and
  5. a clean up trim.

(We won’t go into full haircuts here, such as the puppy cut.)

When you groom and handle your dog every day, you can keep a close eye on his health. You can  spot bumps,  lumps and fleas or ticks.



With daily or every-the-day combing, you can cut back on bathing and enjoy fresh, well-groomed Morkie. A steel comb with medium teeth and a comfortable, rubber handle works best.

Start at the ends of the hair, and comb through the hair. (More on removing mats below)


Brushes are great too for grooming. Pick a pin style brush, not the slicker style and don’t use the Furmintor kind of  brush. They are meant for dogs with a heavy undercoat of fur, and will just break off a Morkie’s hair. Here’s a pin brush: 

pin brush for dogs

Ear cleaning

Check your Morkie’s ears. Are they waxy, brownish or dirty looking? If so, use a dog ear  cleaning solution to clean them out. Pour the solution into your dog’s ear, holding his head to the side. Then gently massage the base of his ear. Use a tissue or cotton ball to get the excess liquid out; don’t worry, your Morkie will shake his head to empty his ear. NEVER use a Q-tip or anything similar in your dog’s ear. 

Nail cutting

If you cut your Morkie’s nails yourself, good for you! Select a pair of clippers like the ones below, (not the ‘guillotine’ style which is for bigger dogs and will crush a Morkie’s nail.) Keep some styptic powder or cornstarch handy in case you cut into your dog’s quick; it will bleed quite a bit. Good directions on this Youtube video.

dog nail clippers


The moment of truth – the bath! Gather up everything you need in advance, and then run half a sinkful of warm, not hot, water (dogs feel hot more than we do). Gently wet your Morkie all over, leaving his head dry for now. Work in the Organic Shampoo you’ve bought specially, then gently rinse him all over. Now, take a face cloth and gently wipe down his face with warm water. Dogs don’t really need conditioner, so just lift him out, pat him dry (don’t rub) and use a hair dryer on low heat for a few minutes to finish drying.

Light trim

You can make your Morkie look neater and well groomed by trimming the hair around his feet, in a round circle, following the shape of the foot. You might want to trim some of the hair around your dog’s private parts, for hygiene’s sake. Try to avoid cutting any hair on his head or face.

bathing your dog

Don't forget the final touch: brushing your Morkie's teeth

Vital – the right dog shampoo!

Your Morkie’s skin is sensitive and it’s much thinner than ours, so you can’t use people shampoo on pets. It is too harsh. Instead, look for a product made specifically for dogs, and marked Certified Organic.  Otherwise, the shampoo can be filled with poisonous additives, preservatives and worse.

How often should you bathe your dog? No more than every 6 to 8 weeks at the most. Less often is even better.

Bathing  your dog too often is a common mistake among new dog owners, and it leads to dry skin and a dull coat. A good combing can do wonders to clean and freshen up your dog without a bath.


A tip from Rover.com about mats

Never wash your Morkie with mats in his hair – no conditioner in the world can help untangle them once the hair is wet! 

Instead, apply a little cornstarch to the matted hair, and start gently pulling the mat apart with your fingers, then brushing, starting at the end of the hair. Work from the edges in, and keep pulling the mat apart with your fingers. 

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Groom Your Morkie at Home:

Keep his coat long and luxurious in just minutes a day

Why settle for a puppy cut? Instead you can enjoy your Morkie’s beautiful long coat, a combination of colours from the parents, the Maltese dog and the Yorkshire Terrier.

By persevering with your Morkie for just a few minutes every day, you can easily groom him yourself, and keep his hair long, flowing and luxurious. That’s the way the Morkie is meant to be. No more puppy cuts for you!

Groom Your Morkie at Home takes you through the steps you need to know.

Plus you’ll learn:

  • the truth about shampoos (and how to make your own)
  • how to safely clean your Morkie’s ears and under his eyes
  • how and why to brush your dog’s teeth
  • what equipment you need for grooming at home
  • removing mats and tangles
  • how to do the top knot …and lots more
  • Complete with illustrations.

Bathtime! How to bathe your dog

Bathtime! How to bathe your dog

How to bathe your dog – and how often to bathe your dog – are two big questions for pet lovers who want to keep their companions clean and healthy. Let’s dive in!

how to bathe your dog

How often should you bathe your Morkie?

One of the mistakes first-time dog owners make is bathing their dog too often.

Regular combing can keep your Morkie’s coat smooth and mat-free and can even reduce dirt and reduce smell.

It’s not hard to bathe your Morkie, and if you make it a habit when the dog is young, he may even enjoy it. Remember that your goal is more than a clean dog. You want to create a positive bonding experience between the two of you. Take your time, be positive and offer lots of praise.

Once every 6 to 8 weeks is plenty often enough

Generally speaking, more than once every 6 to 8 weeks is too often. Some experts recommend waiting 3 months between baths.

Too much bathing will strip the natural oils from your dog’s coat and can cause skin irritations.

Dry hair is more prone to tangle and go frizzy. Too much washing will actually harm your dog’s coat and skin rather than make it healthy. Your Morkie’s skin can become dry and flakey, and his coat will go dull when the natural oils are washed away.


frito feet on dogsTry a foot bath instead

Your dog’s feet can pick up lots of stuff outside, including road salt.

Plus, dogs sweat (almost entirely) from the bottom of their paws. Their little feet can end up smelling like a teenage boy who’s worn high tops all day! It’s called Frito Feet, thanks to its uncanny resemblance to a certain corn chip snack.

Keeping her paws clean will make your Morkie more comfortable, and a cleaner companion.

Dog expert Cesar Millan recommends a good long walk before the bath, to burn off your dog’s excess energy. I can attest that this is a great idea.

BEFORE YOU START, make sure your Morkie’s hair is mat- and tangle-free. A matted coat will only get worse when you add water. In my experience, there isn’t a conditioner or special treatment in the world that will help. In fact, these products can make it even worse. (I know professional groomers will bath a tangled dog, but I leave it to their expertise.)

Step One: gather together everything you need


You can’t dash off and get what you forgot; your Morkie might jump down from the counter and seriously injure himself. Keep everything you need within arm’s reach:

  • a plastic apron for you
  • 3 towels
  • a rubber non-slip mat on the bottom of the sink to keep your dog from skittering around on the slick surface
  • good quality organic shampoo
  • cotton balls
  • very wide toothed comb or “rake”
  • hair dryer
  • ear cleaner: an over-the-counter type of ear cleaner for dogs

Put the rubber mat in the bottom of the sink, and run some lukewarm water. (Dogs cannot tolerate hot water like we can.) A laundry tub works well, or you can use your kitchen sink.


dogs are more sensitive to heat than we are


Step Two: run the bath and start shampooing


Take your Morkie’s collar off and put one or two cotton balls in each ear. Don’t put them in with anything other than your finger. No need to jam them in hard.

Now, place her under the lukewarm running water, encouraging her to keep all 4 feet on the bottom of the sink.

Gently wet your Morkie’s body first – you can leave the head and neck area for last because dogs generally don’t like getting their heads or faces wet.

As you wet down your Morkie, praise her for being calm, and talk to her in a low, gentle voice. Your Morkie may even take a small treat or two.

As she gets used to the water, put the plug in the sink and let it fill to just the top of her legs.

Now, pour some of the dog shampoo in the palm of your hand, and rub to warm it up. Apply to your dog’s body – not the head.

Massage your Morkie all over with shampoo, starting with the top of the body. Work your way around to the tummy, giving the tail and genitals extra attention.

Carefully lift each leg and give it a quick shampoo; the legs will get rinsed in the water in the sink.

Don’t scrub too hard; your Morkie’s skin is sensitive and is irritated easily.

Let the plug out of the sink and rinse your Morkie with more lukewarm running water, starting with the head. Again, don’t run the water into your dog’s face – let a little run on top of the head and down the neck.

There’s no need to ‘rinse and repeat’ – one shampooing will do the job. And Morkies do not need a dog cream rinse or conditioner unless your home is extremely dry.

bath time

Step Three: finish the bath with a towel dry 


When she is fully rinsed, lift your dog out of the sink and place her on the waiting towel.

Be watchful she doesn’t try to jump down after her “ordeal.”

Quickly pat down the dog’s coat with the towel, then wrap her up in it. Don’t rub – that will cause mats.

Remove the cotton balls if they haven’t already fallen out.

Continue to pat her dry with the towel and have your hair dryer ready.


Morkie Puppy Getting Dry After His Bath

Is your Morkie crazy after a bath?

It scared me the first time I gave my tiny Maltese dog a bath. She was calm throughout and did not seem upset. But as soon as I put her down, she started running wildly around the room at breakneck speeds – the “zoomies.”

She rubbed her head on the carpet and the doormat, anything she could find. It was like she was trying to rub dirt BACK ON. I think if I had a pile of manure or a dead animal on the carpet, the dog would have been rolling in the stinky stuff. And all the while, she was making strange, growling noises, like a spinning tire in the snow.

This is nothing to worry about, and in fact it can be hilarious. Experts say dogs do this for a couple of reasons. They may be looking for a more ‘natural’ smell instead of that nice clean scent.

Drying and more combing

Your Morkie is clean but still wet, so let’s finish the job. Don’t worry, he’ll help dry himself with a few good shakes!
 Get the second towel you’ve set aside, and pat your dog all over with it. Then, with the setting on cool to medium, use a blow dryer on the coat. You can pause every couple of minutes and run a comb (or the rake or the de-matting comb) through your Morkie’s coat.

Keep the nozzle of the dryer moving constantly so there’s no chance of overheating any one area. Another safety measure is to leave one hand on your Morkie as you’re drying, so you can tell just how hot the airflow is.

Your Morkie hates air blowing in her face, so keep the dryer moving, and never focus the heat on just one area at a time.
The hair dryer’s sound might stress him, so take it slow.

Finally, when your Morkie is damp dry, wrap him in another fresh, dry towel and give him a snuggle.
Don’t forget to put your Morkie’s collar back on – a collar with legible, up-to-date I.D.

Finishing sprays?

Professional groomers often use a finishing spray at the end of bathing and drying. These are leave-in treatments to make the dog’s coat shinier and great smelling.

These sprays can be used (sparingly) between baths too, to freshen up your Morkie.

But as with shampoo, it’s important you avoid anything toxic. No parabens, phosphates, pthalates, DEA, synthetic dyes or perfumes.

Some sprays are harmful, or sickly sweet smelling. Avoid any that contain alcohol, which will dry out your Morkie’s coat and skin.

If you look for Certified Organic, you’ll find a spray that won’t hurt your Morkie or his coat. A finishing spray brand I like is K9|essence® Shine Conditioning Coat Spray, available online or in some retail stores. Heavenly Organics Grooming Products gets good marks from consumers and can be found here: www.animalsensepetproducts.com

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Cutting your dog’s nails

Cutting your dog’s nails

Your Morkie’s nails must be kept short – for health’s sake. Here’s how to cut dog nails, easily and safely.

Pick the right clippers

Your dog’s size dictates which type of clippers to use. The wrong kind, or clippers that are too large, will crush your little dog’s nails.

A. Guillotine – the dog’s toenail goes into a hole between blades. This one is for medium size dogs. It is not recommended for Morkies, since it can crush their small nail instead of cutting it.

B. Scissor-type clippers are ideal for small dogs like Morkies. Keep them as sharp as possible. Read the directions on the package carefully. And if you’re not clear on technique, check on YouTube for more help.

C. Heavy duty clippers work on large dogs with strong, resistant nails. Similar to pliers. Not for Morkies.


how to cut dogs nails the tools

Scissor type dog clippers are available in any pet store, or online at Amazon. Pick ones for small size dogs / pets, like these. You can expect to pay about $10.00

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Take it slow for your Morkie’s sake

Get him used to you handling his feet, having them touched and manipulated. If he’s not comfortable, you might want to work on that and in the meantime, get his nails cut at your Vet’s by the technician, or at your local grooming parlour.

(Remember, if you’re cutting your Morkie’s nails yourself, you don’t have to cut all four feet at once.)

Still bleeding?

If your dog’s nail is still bleeding after 5 to 10 minutes, or is really spurting, call your Vet right away.

Oh no! I’ve cut the quick!

Don’t panic – there can be lots of blood and it could really hurt your Morkie.

So before you begin, have Styptic powder handy, or plain cornstarch. If you nick the nail’s quick, put your dog’s paw into the powder/cornstarch. It will help stop the bleeding.


Styptic powder to help stop bleeding quickly.

Styptic powder to help stop bleeding quickly.

Don’t forget the dewclaws

dogs dewclawsDewclaws are extra toes, partway up your dog’s legs. They don’t serve any purpose, and don’t get worn down since they never touch the ground.

Most dogs have dewclaws on their front legs only, although some have them on the rear legs too. If your dog doesn’t have dewclaws on his front legs, he had them surgically removed as a puppy.  (Removing them is controversial; supporters say it prevents ugly accidents where the dewclaw can be torn off. Opponents claim it’s a cruel practice.)

For dogs that still have their dewclaws, it’s crucial that you keep them as comfortably trimmed as other claws. Otherwise they can grow right back into the dog’s leg~

An untrimmed dewclaw can be incredibly sharp and much more likely to hook on something. If it does get hooked, it can easily catch on something and tear. If this happens, it’s just as painful as a person having a fingernail torn out, and can will be sensitive throughout a long healing process.

How long should your Morkie’s nails be?

If you can hear your Morkie’s nails clicking on the floor – they’re too long.

OK Let's do it! How to cut dogs nails

Hold the clippers at a right angle to the nail, with the tip of the nail between the blades. Firmly squeeze the handles to close the scissors and cut the nail. Knowing exactly where to trim takes skill. If your dog has clear nails, you can see the live quick, which looks pink. Cut the nail no closer than about 3 millimetres from the quick. If your dog’s nails are black, take a close look and find the curve in the nail. That’s where the quick ends. So again, you can cut about 3 millimetres below that. (3 millimetres = 1/8″)
If your Morkie has dark nails, you might prefer to trim one little sliver of nail at a time, starting with the tip. As you cut slices off, look at the exposed edge of the cut nail. Eventually, you’ll see a grey or pink oval starting to appear. Stop trimming as soon as you see the oval. If you don’t, you’ll cut into the quick, causing pain, bleeding and lots of drama.

Watch this helpful video on cutting dogs nails




  • Be sure and cut at a 45 degree angle
  • Start with the hind legs –  they’re usually less sensitive
  • Get someone to help you keep your dog still if necessary
  • Don’t forget plenty of praise for your pup throughout the process

Can dogs wear nail polish?

Sure, if it’s made for dogs.

You want a pet-safe polish, and there is such a thing. It’s made from all-natural ingredients that won’t harm your dog if she happens to lick or chew her nails.

Most nail polishes for dogs contain seaweed, aloe, green tea extracts and vitamin E, all of which are harmless. In fact, these ingredients can be beneficial to your dog’s nails. Our own polish contains far too many toxins and is too harsh to be safe.

Like people polish, the doggy versions come in a wide range of colours, including OPI Pawlish and Juicy Crittoure.

Morkie lovers: how to stop a dog from barking

Morkie lovers: how to stop a dog from barking

Do you love your Morkie to bits – until he’s barking like a maniac? What if you knew how to stop dog barking? Once you know WHY he’s barking, you’ll see HOW to stop it.

Dogs bark. It’s what they do. But excessive barking can be a real problem. It can cause problems with the neighbours, not to mention get on YOUR nerves. Crazy barking all the time isn’t OK – it means your dog is stressed out, and so are you. Here are some solutions to stop dog barking when it’s over the top.

“Dog barking turns into a problem when the barking becomes loud, unwanted, inappropriate or excessive.”

4 main reasons why dogs bark too much

When you figure out WHY your Morkie is barking too much, you can figure out HOW to resolve it. The main reasons dogs bark too much are:

  1. Territorial barking – distract your Morkie to stop this
  2. Nervousness – address whatever’s making your Morkie anxious. Could it be Separation Anxiety?
  3. Fearful response – work to build your Morkie’s trust. If he’s nervous of something else, remove him from the situation.
  4. The dog is bored – exercise, exercise, exercise. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog.

Dog barking is a problem when the barking becomes loud, unwanted, inappropriate or excessive.


problem when the barking becomes loud, unwanted, inappropriate or excessive.

Try a time out

When your Morkie is really wound up and barking incessantly, speak in a calm, quiet and controlled way, telling him to sit and stop. 

Put your hand gently but firmly on his back.  Get his attention in a calm and quiet way and assure him he’s a good dog. 

Still not working?

It’s time for the old favourite we use on the kids: a time out. 

Firmly lift your Morkie and place him in another room, away from your attention.

Again, don’t give eye contact and now, stop talking to him.

Breeds that bark the most

These dogs bark a LOT!

Fox Terriers
Yorkshire Terriers
Miniature Schnauzer
Cairn Terrier
West Highland White Terrier

Also high on the list – 

Doberman Pinschers
Lhasa Apsos

Right:  according to Pethelpful.com, small dogs kept in groups tend to bark more.

Breeds that bark the least

Basenji and Shiba Inu dogs don’t really bark; instead they are yodelling and other unusual sounds, not common to most dog breeds. More quiet breeds –

Italian Greyhound
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Golden Retriever

These huge dogs could bark, but seem to rely on their size instead, to get their message across:

Bernese Mountain Dog
Great Pyrenees
Saint Bernard
Great Dane
Bull Mastiff

What NOT to do when your Morkie is barking too much

Don’t shout. To your dog this means that you’re barking too. He’ll only bark MORE.

Don’t ignore single, high-pitched barks. They can indicate your dog is in pain.

Do practice positive reinforcement. When your Morkie is NOT barking, praise him and show love. When he’s barking, immediately walk away, and avoid eye contact.

Sounds strange, but teach him TO bark or “speak”. Then you can teach him to STOP.

In 101 Dalmatians, the dogs explain the Twilight Bark

The Twilight Bark

Many people must have noticed how dogs like to bark in the early evening. Indeed, twilight has sometimes been called “Dogs’ Barking Time.” Busy town dogs bark less than country dogs, but all dogs know all about the Twilight Barking. It is their way of keeping in touch with distant friends, passing on important news, enjoying a good gossip.

— Dodie Smith, The Hundred and One Dalmatians

How do you handle excess barking? Any tips?

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