Why does my Morkie dog eat goose poop?

Why does my Morkie dog eat goose poop?

You’re enjoying a nice walk along the lakeside and your Morkie stops to eat goose poop. Why do dogs eat goose poop? And, how do you stop a dog who eats goose poop?

Canada Geese on grass

There’s a scientific name for eating poop—coprophagia (kop-ruh-fey-jee-uh) and it’s not unusual. Some dogs eat their own poop as often as they can. Other dogs enjoy a more exotic poop, such as Canada Goose sh*t.

Although eating goose poop isn’t a hugely dangerous habit, it’s a nasty one that we people aren’t too fond of. Goose poop  (all poop) can carry Salmonella and E.Coli but luckily, the digestive tracts of most healthy dogs are good at destroying these bacteria.

Health risks for your dog of eating goose poop include:

  • chance of picking up giardia
  • can be at risk for salmonella
  • could pick up Campylobacter bacteria

These risks can mean diarrhea in dogs.


Yes you could catch it too

Human Campylobacter infection happens for people if we:

  • consume raw milk, undercooked chicken or any food that’s been contaminated during preparation
  • you can also catch it directly from your dog
  • dogs mostly get it from infected feces

About Canada Geese

Canada gooseEnvironment Canada lists the geese as being “a significant safety threat” to aviation, and a problem in local parks, pastures, golf courses and any other grassy area.

Nesting Canada geese are aggressive and will attack children and dogs. (Tip: don’t look the goose in the eye; drop your gaze and walk away slowly).

Goose droppings are expensive to clean up from parks and grasslands. According to Canada’s Federal government, at least goose poop has NOT been linked yet any health concerns for humans.

In 2009, a US Airways A320 Airbus flew into a flock of Canada Geese shortly before losing both engines and splashing down onto New York’s Hudson River. Fortunately, all 155 passengers and crew survived.

Miracle on the Hudson

How to stop your Morkie from eating goose poop

The best thing to do, if you have a dog who tries to eat poop, is to teach him/her the ‘leave it’ command. You yelling at him to stop, if he doesn’t know these commands, just makes him eat the “treat” all the faster.

Teaching ‘leave it’ isn’t hard, but there are a number of steps, so I’m suggesting you check out either of these two sites where you can see how it’s done:

Banner photo credit: ottawak9school,

Tiffany Haddish and her Celeb Morkie

Tiffany Haddish and her Celeb Morkie

Meet the newest celeb Morkie fan – Tiffany Haddish and her Morkie, Sleeper.

The actor/comedian had become friends with “an older lady” who owned the Morkie. The lady suggested that Tiffany take the puppy home and bring her back for visits. Sadly the lady died shortly after, so Tiffany is the newest devoted member of Morkie Nation!

Who doesn't love a Morkie!

Tiffany Haddish on her late-night podcast comedy Two and a Half Women… Featuring Tiffany Haddish, Tamara Johnson, celebrity stylist Dwen “The Diva” Curry & comedian Donnell Rawlings.

The “half” is Sleeper, Tiffany’s Morkie.

See Tiffany Haddish on People TV with her Morkie Sleeper

Famous Morkie Owners

Ashley Tisdale

Blake Lively


Jann Arden

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

And some more….

Kevin Jonas

Marnie Stern

Susan Sarandon

Perez Hilton

Steve Tyler

See their photos here

Starting spot-on tick treatment? Beware!

Starting spot-on tick treatment? Beware!

Tick bites can cause disease and infection on anyone, including your Morkie. But tick treatment for dogs, especially small dogs, can be worse!

Ticks can cause irritation and inflammation and even paralysis in some cases – but spot on tick medication can actually kill a small dog. The EPA has warned consumers since 2010 – don’t use these spot on tick treatments on dogs  under 20 pounds.


Tick treatments for dogs can be deadly. Literally.


Spot-on treatments like K9 Advantix and Frontline Plus work very well. The active chemicals in them are called neurotoxins — meaning they are toxic to the brain and central nervous system.

Neurotoxins work by hyper-stimulating the pest’s nerve cells to death. Although they’re supposed to work only on the pest, neurotoxins can build up in the pet’s organs over time, and not enough is known about their long term effects.



Likely to cause cancer for humans

Right on the label of the product – in very small type – it says most flea and tick products contain chemicals that are “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).


The EPA has identified at least 1,600 pet deaths over the past 5 years linked to spot-on flea and tick treatments.

The EPA also reports that spot-ons account “for more than half of ‘major’ pesticide pet reactions — incidents involving serious medical reactions such as brain damage, heart attacks, violent seizures and death.”

Back in 2010, the EPA warned the public about an alarming increase in pets’ adverse reactions to spot-on products.


The worst reactions were found in dogs under 20 pounds.

  • most adverse reactions happened in dogs younger than three years
  • often happened the first time the owner used a spot-on product

Although the EPA doesn’t know why, they believe some breeds are especially vulnerable to spot-on tick treatments. Those breeds are the:

  • Shih Tzu
    • Chihuahua
    • Miniature Poodle
    • Pomeranian
    • Dachshund
    • Maltese
    • Yorkshire Terrier
    • Bichon Frise

Further, mixed breeds seem more susceptible to adverse reactions from these products.

Alternatives to Spot-On treatments

In my previous post – Natural Tick Fighting Solutions  – I wrote about natural ways to fight ticks. You can also find some great resources here:


…or check my new book on Amazon.com

Today’s Resources:

EPA website: https://www.epa.gov/pets/epa-evaluation-pet-spot-products-analysis-and-plans-reducing-harmful-effects


How to remove a tick from a dog

How to remove a tick from a dog

Found a tick on your Morkie? Don’t panic, but do act quickly. Here’s how to remove a tick from a dog, quickly and safely, including how NOT  to remove a tick. Here we go.

How to remove a tick from a dog, even a Morkie 🙂

Be vigilant – check carefully

Run your hands over your Morkie’s body, feeling carefully for any small bumps. Gently part his coat to check visually.

Don’t forget, you’ll know it’s a tick because they have 8 legs. Only ticks and spiders have 8 legs.

You can remove the tick yourself, if it hasn’t attached itself to an inner ear, an eyelid or some other delicate location. Some people prefer to go straight to the Vet to have the tick safely and cleanly removed.


Ticks like to attach where there’s less hair – under the front legs, around the ears or on the belly.


Is your Morkie safe from lawn chemicals?

Lawn chemicals and your Morkie

Bingo, your dog has a tick!

tick on dog

Here’s how to remove a tick from a dog.

What you’ll need

  • tweezers
  • rubbing alcohol or iodine to clean up the bite area after you’ve removed the tick
  • water and mild soap
  • a small container with rubbing alcohol, to kill the tick and store it in case the Vet wants to see it later

Be very careful – any contact with the tick’s blood can transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Wear rubber gloves.

Tools to remove ticks can be very handy – if you have one in advance of your need. Some go on your keychain.

Gently but steadily pull the tick straight up

To start, pull your dog’s hair back and splash some of the rubbing alcohol around the area. It will help keep the area clean, and might temporarily stun the tick. Then use your tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.

Start steadily pulling straight up. DO NOT TWIST OR TURN THE TICK. DO NOT SQUISH THE TICK.

Remember, the tick’s head is firmly embedded under your dog’s skin at this point. This head is barbed with backward-curving spines so it takes some pressure to pull it out.

Once the tick is removed, thoroughly wash your dog’s wound with water and mild soap and apply rubbing alcohol or iodine.

That’s it!

DANGER:  Commercial tick and flea treatments

The EPA has issued warnings that these treatments are dangerous for dogs under 20 pounds, who have the most adverse reactions to them. Read about an all-natural, safe alternative: “Magic Tick Fighting Dust.” 

It’s harmless to you and your pet and you can use it on your dog, the lawn, and in your home. Sprinkle some on your socks when you’re out hiking in the woods.

This is NOT how to remove a tick from a dog.

Don’t do any of these things:

Don't use this

Don’t use gasoline, nail polish or remover, vaseline jelly or anything else to try and make the tick pull its head out. It  can’t, even if it wanted to – the tick head is firmly embedded in his victim.

Don't squish

Don’t prick, squish or squeeze the tick to make him let go. You’ll just release harmful bacteria into your dog’s system if you make the tick vomit. And leave the head behind, in the victim.

Don't unscrew

The tick has not literally screwed itself under the skin, so don’t try to unscrew it. Reverse barbs on the tick’s feeder tubes hold it firmly under the victim’s skin.

No bare hands

Never use your bare hands to handle a tick – wear latex gloves.
You put yourself at risk of infection, and diseases like Lyme’s. Wash thoroughly after.

The tick’s head is still in  my dog!

Take a good look – if there’s still ‘something’ where you pulled out the tick, it could be the pest’s head. If so you have two options:

  1. Visit the Vet right away to have it cut out – your Morkie could end up with a couple of stitches.
  2. Wash the spot, keep it clean and watch ‘n wait.

The body has a natural way of removing foreign debris like this – you’ll feel a hard lump forming around your Morkie’s bite mark. That’s normal.

Eventually that skin will regenerate and the old skin will die. The lump will fall off, in several weeks to a couple of months.

Of course if the wounded area looks red or inflamed at any time, or starts to swell up, you need to see the Vet right away.

Read about 4 ways to fight ticks naturally, without using commercial tick medications, in my e-book Ticks on Dogs: Small Dog Nightmare.
Natural Tick Fighting Solutions

Natural Tick Fighting Solutions

Ticks on dogs are a nightmare – especially ticks on small dogs. Ticks carry dozens of diseases including Lyme Disease. But as ghastly as they are, there’s something more dangerous – commercial tick fighting treatments.

They can be deadly for small dogs. Luckily, there are natural treatments you can use instead.

Avoid tick hangouts

Don’t let your small dog wander through high grasses and uncut fields. Avoid walking in wooded areas. Ticks can be found in the foliage at dog parks and in your own yard.

And NEVER SIT ON A LOG! Experts say that sitting on a log for just 5 minutes means a 30% chance of picking up a tick!

Inspect, Spot and Remove

Examine your dog whenever he comes in; run your hands over him, feeling for small bumps. Ticks tend to latch on where there’s less hair, such as under the front legs around the ears or on the belly.

Here’s where ticks like to hide on your dog:

Keep ticks off your property

Clear any brush or debris off your property. Keep woodpiles well away from the house, and ideally off the ground.

Old lawn furniture or mattresses are an ideal environment for ticks. Keep your garden and yard clear of tall grasses.

If you decide to use a chemical treatment on your yard, here’s a list of lower-risk products:  www.greenpaws.org or at the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) at www.nrdc.org

Natural Tick Fighting Powder

You can click to view (or download) this all-natural and highly effective tick fighting powder here.

Use it on your dog, on your carpets at home, in your dog’s bed or wherever you fear they might be ticks.

What’s worse than ticks on your dog? COMMERCIAL TICK TREATMENTS!

At least 1,600 dogs have died needlessly in the past 5 years thanks to spot-on flea and tick treatments! It’s a tragedy that shouldn’t happen.

Commercial products to repel ticks can be deadly. The insecticides in these products are poisonous. Let’s face it: they’re formulated to kill stubborn parasites.

The hardest hit: dogs under 20 pounds. 

Learn how to protect your small dog from the dangers of ticks – without poisoning him! Order today – Ticks on Dogs: Small Dog Nightmare.

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