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!

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

Also high on the list – 

Pekingese
Chihuahuas
Poodles
Doberman Pinschers
Lhasa Apsos
Maltese
Pomeranian

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 –

Whippet
Italian Greyhound
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Golden Retriever
Borzoi
Saluki

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

Mastiff
Bernese Mountain Dog
Great Pyrenees
Saint Bernard
Great Dane
Newfoundland
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?

What is chelated silver for dogs?

What is chelated silver for dogs?

Chelated silver is a great product to have on hand for your Morkie. What is chelated silver spray and what are some benefits of using it?

Chelated silver is a powerful germ and virus fighter; it’s strong enough to fight pathogens, germs, fungus and bacteria with very few side effects.  And yes, it really is made of real silver!

 

“Silver: The Mightiest Germ Fighter!”

– Science Digest, 1978

Chelated silver is a great product to have on hand for your Morkie. What is chelated silver spray and what are some benefits of using it?

Chelated silver is a powerful germ and virus fighter; plus, it’s strong enough kill off germs, fungus and bacteria with very few side effects.  And yes, it really is made of real silver!

 

chelated silver as a medical treatment

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Medical research has shown that “silver promotes rapid healing”

 

Chelated silver, as opposed to just plain silver, means that submicroscopic silver particles are suspended in a liquid base. Because the silver particles are so tiny, they can penetrate cells and kill pathogens.

In fact, these particles are small enough to destroy pathogens of all types, including bacteria, fungal spores, parasites, and viruses.

It is highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms, even when they’ve become resistant to antibiotics.

It looks like that there are no pathogens, germs, fungus or bacteria that can develop resistance to this miraculous silver solution.

history-of-medical-uses-of-silver

Silver was used by ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, sailors, and then by American pioneers. They didn’t understand it, but Ancient Greeks and Egyptians knew that silver had amazing powers to heal. It was one of the original medical treatments that actually worked.

More than two thousand years later, silver ion is still used as a highly valued healing treatment.

 

It is a liquid antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal that has been touted as treating and preventing an assortment of conditions in both humans and animals.

Research proves it

In 1978, Science Digest reported the results of extensive research and clinical studies into the uses of silver. These studies proved that silver is a potent killer of 650 live tested organisms.

More research, this time performed at UCLA Medical Labs, verified these findings, and supported just how effective silver is against a variety of live viruses.

Where to buy Chelated Silver Pet Spray

People meds for dogs with diarrhea

People meds for dogs with diarrhea

If your Morkie has mild diarrhea lasting a day or two, or has an upset stomach, you CAN give him Pepto-Bismol as a good dog diarrhea treatment. The American Kennel Club (AKC) says Pepto-Bismol for dog diarrhea is safe, and it’s just one of our own products that is a safe diarrhea medication for dogs.

Indigestion, gas, occasional constipation, diarrhea… or as that song-you-can’t-get-out-of-your-brain says –

 

Simple dog diarrhea treatment*

Pepto-Bismol, Imodium AD and Kaopectate are 3 of our medications that work well as dog diarrhea treatment. Given carefully, they can provide relief to your Morkie who is suffering from temporary diarrhea or upset stomach .

These 3 over-the-counter medications can be given to your Morkie to treat diarrhea or upset stomach:

medicine syringe for dogs

Special needle-less syringe to measure and give  medicine to babies and dogs; you can buy these at any drugstore.

1. Pepto-Bismol for dogs

  • this popular drug is bismuth subsalicylate and most Vets consider it safe (although don’t substitute no-name brands; they’re not all the same)
  • Dosage:  1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds, offered to the dog every 6-to-8 hours — so most morkies would get about 1/2 teaspoon
  • use an empty (no needle) plastic syringe to give to your dog – open his mouth, place the syringe toward the back of the tongue and push the plunger, then hold his muzzle for a second to make sure he swallows it
  • Not for: dogs with bleeding disorders; dogs who are pregnant or nursing; dogs taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as Rimadyl and Deramaxx
  • Danger: toxic for cats

 

2. Imodium AD (liquid or tablet) usage for dogs

  • Imodium AD works by reducing the intestinal muscular spasms and secretions that cause diarrhea in dogs.
  • Remember it quiets the symptoms but does nothing to help the cause of diarrhea
  • Dosage: you can use caplets for big dogs, but smaller breeds need the liquid form (I use an eyedropper to give the medicine, slipping it between the dog’s gums and mouth).  0.1 ml per pound of your dog’s weight, every 8 hours. Do not overdose.
  • Too much: will cause constipation and bloating
  • Not for: pregnant or nursing dogs; dogs head injuries; dogs who are also vomiting

3. Kaopectate usage for dogs

  • Uses: For diarrhea
  • Dosage: 1ml per pound, every 2 hours
  • Too much: will cause constipation and bloating
  • Not for: pregnant or nursing dogs; dogs head injuries; dogs who are also vomiting

 

* My Big Disclaimer:

This site provides general information and should not be considered medical advice. You should always check with your Veterinarian prior to choosing a treatment option for your pet.

QUICK TIP: HAVE THE MEDICINE ON HAND, LABELLED AND READY TO GO

 

TIP FOR PEPTO BISMOL FOR DOGS

I keep a small bottle of Pepto Bismol on hand in my dogs’ first aid kit, with the dosage already printed  on a label. (Check expiry dates for these and all meds from time to time.)

Pepto Bismol is a handy and safe diarrhea medication for dogs

If your Morkie’s diarrhea last more than a day or two, or if he seems in pain or also vomiting, contact your Veterinarian right away.

The AKC has a free booklet you can download called Emergency First Aid for Dogs. Good info to know.

PEPTOBISMOL is a trademark of The Procter & Gamble Company.

Imodium A-D is a registered trademark of Janssen/McNeil Consumer Products.

KAOPECTATE is a trademark and brand of Chattem, Inc.

It’s that time again – dogs in hot cars

It’s that time again – dogs in hot cars

Dogs can’t sweat much, so dog overheating in the summer can be a serious problem – even life threatening. And dogs in hot cars? How many more times do we have to read, “dog dies in hot car” ? It’s crazy.

Even a short time in a hot car can be deadly. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C (102.2°F) If the dog’s temperature gets up to 41°C (105.8°F), irreversible brain damage and death can occur quickly. Just a 2 degree difference between life and death.

Top 7 stupidest excuses to leave a dog in the car on a hot day

  1. The sun’s not even out
  2. I left the window open
  3. I only ran in for a  minute
  4. I left the car running
  5. I’ll keep my eye on him
  6. It’s not too hot for me
  7. I parked in the shade

 

 

First Aid

If you suspect your Morkie might have heat stroke, (excessive panting and drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness) get IMMEDIATE veterinary attention.

In the meantime, wet him down immediately with lukewarm to cool water, not cold water. Bring your dog into the shade and offer drinking water.

Laws are changing around dogs in hot cars

Eleven states have “Good Samaritan” hot car laws, allowing for private citizens to break into a car to save a pet. Most of the laws require that the person must first try to find the vehicle’s owner and contact law enforcement before attempting to break in. In nearly all the Good Samaritan states, the rescuer isn’t responsible for damages, however, in Indiana, the person is liable for one-half the cost of repairs.

Good Samaritan laws apply here:

Arizona
California
Colorado
Florida
Indiana
Massachusetts
Ohio
Oregon
Tennessee
Vermont
Wisconsin

Hot asphalt is a thing too

 When the air is 77 degrees, the asphalt can quickly heat up to 125!

At 87 degrees air temperature, the pavement can go up to 143 degrees!

 


And from Dogtime, some helpful information:

If you have been walking on hot pavement with your dog, look for these signs that their paws are burned or injured.

Limping or attempting to stop walking.

Licking or chewing at paw pads.

Darkening of skin on or around paw pads.

Blisters, peeling, or redness.

Any kind of damage to the bottom of the paws.

 

More on Hot asphalt awareness




Let's make this the last year of dogs left in hot cars

 

See it? Report it!

Call 9-1-1 to report a dog locked in a car on a hot day.  Are you allowed to break the windows if the dog’s in visible distress? Legally, no, in some places even the police can’t. Would that stop most of us? No.

Pledge you'll never do it

There’s never a reason to leave your dog in a hot car. “Just running in to the store” or “I’ll leave my a/c on” …  Just not worth the chance. Don’t leave dogs in hot cars. Simple, right?

Spread the word

Remind friends nad family that leaving your dog in the car’s not cool.

Your Morkie’s amazing nose

Your Morkie’s amazing nose

A dog’s sense of smell is amazing. Dogs have 300 million scent receptors compared to our 6 million, and can smell early stages of cancer, a diabetic attack, even 1 bedbug deep in a mattress.  There’s only one word to describe a dog’s sense of smell:

amazing

It’s hard to picture just how powerful a dog’s sense of smell can be: anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 better than ours!

Picture 2,000,000 barrels of apples. Your Morkie could snuff out ONE BAD APPLE from the 2 million barrels!

 

rotten apple

Who smelled it better?

OK, to recap: the number of receptor cells that make up a dog’s sense of smell: 300,000,000. In people, 6,000,000.  A dog’s ability to process that sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times more efficient than ours. And the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times bigger.

Keep your Morkie’s nose in good shape – read more.

Just look at what Morkies can snuff out!

  • bedbugs – even just one, deep in a mattress
  • early stage cancer in small samples of human urine, saliva or expelled breath
  • the spikes and drops in human blood sugar that is diabetes
  • dogs can smell fear, anxiety, even sadness
  • adrenaline, so they know if someone’s about to run
  • a dog can detect CDs and DVDs (layers of ‘polycarbonate plastic) in bags and packages, inside a truck. These dogs alert police to large stashes of pirated movies
  • narcolepsy service dogs can detect a subtle biochemical change in the form of an odour when an attack is coming on
  • migraines – dogs can alert sufferers up to 2 hours ahead, that a headache is on its way

We come home and smell beef stew cooking. Your Morkie can smell each and every spice, ingredient and liquid — separately. According to author (“Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know”) and dog expert Alexandra Horowitz, while we might notice if our coffee has had a teaspoon of sugar added to it, a dog could detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water, or two Olympic-sized pools worth. Another dog scientist explains that dogs smell in 3-D; each nostril can register different scents separately.

Nose to nose who wins out?

Dogs – 1 zillion

People – 7

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