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

 

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TIPS

  • 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.

Funny dog costumes for your Morkie

Funny dog costumes for your Morkie

Here’s one of the best dog halloween costumes for your Morkie, and you can make it yourself in about an hour.

Make your Morkie a beanie baby costume – it’s a perfect for adorable little dogs like Morkies.

Looking for funny dog costumes?

There are lots out there, from the tried and true hot dog costume …to the #1 dog costume, the pumpkin.

More funny dog costumes

 

Dog Costumes from Pinterest

As you can imagine, these are super-imaginative and fun. And perfect for small dogs.

Turn your Morkie into a Beanie Baby

 

The Simplest Funny Dog Costume: a Beanie Baby

All you need is a Beanie Baby tag. You can download the instructions here free, and all you need is a colour printer and some light card. Add a ribbon and you’re done!

The Beanie Baby Dog Costume!

Halloween beanie baby costume

Is it live or is it Beanie?

Here are the free downloadable directions: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

 

 

 

Best dog Halloween costumes

Best dog Halloween costumes

Halloween’s just around the corner. Time to start thinking about dog Halloween costumes for your Morkie. Here are this year’s best funny dog costumes.

Top Ten Halloween costumes for 2018

Star Wars never gets old

Kids

Action hero Batman character/princess Animal (cat, dog, monkey, etc.) Spider Man Star Wars character Witch Pirate Disney Princess Ghost Wonder Woman

Pets

Pumpkin Hot Dog Lion Bumble Bee Devil Batman character Ghost Cat Witch Star Wars character

Adults

Witch Batman character Animal (dog, cat, etc.) Pirate Spider Man Vampire Zombie Star Wars character Slasher villain (Jason, etc.) Wonder Woman

Pumpkin costume for dogs

Amazon.com $12.58 in size small.

dog pumpkin costume details

Canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, not sweetened pumpkin) is the BEST for dogs. If your Morkie has diarrhea, or is constipated, pumpkin saves the day.

Just add about 1/2 teaspoon to your Morkie’s food per day, to solve either problem. Freeze the rest in an ice cube tray, to keep on hand.

Hot dog costume for small dogs

hot dog costume for dogsAmazon.com $14.21

Cowardly Lion costume for small dogs

cowardly lion costume for dog

Amazon.com $20.00

The iconic Wizard of Oz movie was produced in 1939. It started out in black and white, then became Technicolor! The first colour movie produced in Hollywood. Everyone loved it; the movie was nominated for 7 Academy Awards that year. However, it took 10 years for to earn back the cost of production, an astounding $3.1 million in 1939. (That’s  ike over $54 million today.)

Dorothy’s famous ruby slippers were stolen from an exhibit at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on the night of August 27–28, 2005. In 2015, the Associated Press reported that an anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for information about the stolen slippers.They were finally recovered just last month (September 2018).

Shark Week! Shark costume for small dog

shark costume for small dog

Amazon.com $12.99

Did you know more people are killed by bee stings and lightning than by shark attacks? Worldwide about 30 people die each year from shark attacks, which means a person has a one in 300 million chance of being killed by a shark.

About two-thirds of shark attacks on humans have taken place in water less than six feet deep. As long as a shark’s back is mostly under water, it can swim easily. A nine-foot-long bull shark can swim in just two feet of water.

Pinata costume for your Morkie

pinata dog halloween costume

Amazon.com $19.96

Who knew! The history of the pinata goes waaaay back, to the 1500s in Mexico. Priests used a star-shaped pinata with 7 points, to represent the 7 Deadly Sins (you remember them, right – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride ).

The candies and other goodies inside the piñata are the riches of the kingdom of heaven, that the virtuous who are able to overcome sin will receive. It’s a lot to teach your Morkie, but….

Obese dog or just “fluffy”?

Obese dog or just “fluffy”?

Is your Morkie a porkie? An overweight dog, obese dog, fat dogs or just fluffy, the results are the same. Your dog won’t live as long, and is in danger of high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes. Here’s how to tell, and what to do.

How to tell if your Morkie is overweight

It’s as little hard because of all the hair, so if you keep your Morkie’s hair long, I suggest you do an inspection when he’s wet. From overhead, see where  your Morkie fits in:

Here’s another view

From the side, you should be able to tell where the ribs are, but they shouldn’t be protruding.

Neck should look sturdy, not thin.

Note the ‘abdominal tuck‘ – Morkies have a fairly deep chest, so there should be a definite tuck where their tummy is.

 

Breeds most prone to obesity

Phew, good news. Neither the Yorkshire Terrier, nor the Maltese dog, are prone to being overweight. Dogs that can easily get too heavy, include:

  • Basset Hounds
  • Pugs
  • Bulldogs
  • Beagles
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Dachshunds
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Newfoundlands
  • Rottweilers
  • Bichons

Does it really matter if your Morkie is overweight?

Yes! A pet that’s just 10% to 20% overweight is at risk of lots of problems – and his life  can be shortened by an average of 2 1/2 years! That’s reason enough to keep your Morkie’s weight at its healthy range.

Help your Morkie lose weight

Slowly cut back food

Give your dog the best quality food you can. Reduce the amount gradually.

At the same time, stop giving him tidbits from the table, or specially cooked foods that aren’t so good for him. (And no, your Morkie won’t eat salad.)

Worried  your Morkie will stop eating altogether and starve?

He won’t. Honest. And if you’re seriously worried, please see your Vet for more advice.

Eliminate treats

Commercial dog treats have LOTS of calories. And most of them are not good for your dog anyway.

In fact, treats like Beggin’ Strips, rawhide chews and jerky treats are often on recall because of serious contamination from salmonella and toxic chemicals.

Plain old dog biscuits like milk bones aren’t that great either. They’re loaded with sugar, contain BHA, a preservative that is a known cancer causing agent… PLUS, they’re made  with chemicals that also are used to manufacture things like rubber and petroleum products, and embalming fluid.  

Walk more

“But my Morkie runs all around the house all day!” you say. “Isn’t that enough exercise?”

Actually it isn’t. Small dogs often miss out on daily leashed walks because they already seem so active at home. but all dogs benefit from a regular, brisk walk outdoors.

And a leashed walk does more for your Morkie. It tells him that you’re the alpha dog in charge, and helps build a strong bond between the two of you.

As I like to say, a tired dog is a good dog.

 

Predator Vest – prevent coyote attacks

Predator Vest – prevent coyote attacks

COYOTE ATTACKS on dogs aren’t slowing down. “Dog attacked by coyote” or “dog attacked by hawk” are headlines we see more often than we’d like.

Are these simply random, extremely rare events? Or is it something you should worry about for your Morkie?

More: hawk snatches dog!

Predator attacks: the unvarnished truth

Your Morkie could be killed in a matter of seconds if a predator decides to attack.

Typically, the predator is a coyote or large predatory bird like a hawk. It will carry away a little dog to a spot where they can dispatch the animal undisturbed.

Predators will often grip the neck of their prey with their jaws to suffocate the animal or break its neck. There are just seconds to intervene.

PREDATOR VEST

Puncture Resistant Kevlar® Pet Armor Deters Coyote Attacks

Give your Morkie a fighting chance

This vest deters a predator’s grip and bite with large metal spikes, while also protecting your pet’s most vulnerable areas, the neck and back, with Kevlar® insets.

 

Protective Kelvar Vest with Removable Spike Strips

And it's on sale

Reg $99.00 – now $59.00

Predator Vest for Dogs

Features

  • deters a predator’s grip and bite with large metal spikes, while also protecting your pet’s most vulnerable areas, the neck and back, with Kevlar® insets
  • tested to withstand the equivalent pressure from a coyote’s jaws
  • comfortable, flexible for your dog
  • detachable spike strips
  • for protection against coyotes, foxes, wolves, and predatory birds such as hawks
    made in the USA

In many human attack incidents, it turns out that the offending coyote was being fed by people.

Where to order

The Predator Vest is available at the website iheartdogs.com I’ve just put my order in because it’s something I’ve been meaning to get for a long time. We live in the country and now and then I’ll let my dog run off leash.

The vest is on sale now – $59.00 (regularly $99.00) and looks very well made. 

PLUS, the great thing about iHeartDogs is THEY GIVE BACK. Big time. All of their unique, valued products are also fundraisers. Most of  their effort goes to feeding shelter animals. In 2017, they funded 7 MILLION MEALS thanks to customers like us.

 

 

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

Can dogs eat cat food?

Can dogs eat cat food?

If your Morkie is like most dogs, he LOVES cat food. But why? Novelty is one appeal of the cat’s dinner. Plus it smells different and has a much stronger, meatier taste. That’s because cat food has a much higher level of protein than dog food. It won’t hurt your dog to have the occasional bowl of cat food, but cats and dogs should stick to their own specialized meals.

Cat food versus dog food

What’s the difference?

Cats are obligate carnivores

That means they MUST have a lot of protein, in the form of meat.

Can cats eat dog food?

Cat food has high protein levels that they need

  • cats need a lot of meat protein; more than a dog and don’t tolerate the starchy ingredients in most dog food (wheat, ground corn, etc.)
  • their teeth aren’t suited to grinding, like a dog’s or a human’s
  • cat food contains vitamin A and taurine, two nutrients cats need to live healthy, happy lives
  • taurine is an amino acid which is necessary for cats for proper bile formation, eye health, and functioning of the heart muscle
  • dog food is also missing arachidonic acid  – this is one of the essential fatty acids cats need. Dogs need it too, but to put it simplistically, dogs can manufacture arachidonic acid.
  • cats also need higher levels of niacin, a B vitamin, in their food

Dogs are omnivores

That means they can get nutrition from more than just meat.

Can dogs eat cat food?

Dogs thrive on more variety in their food

  • dogs need a diet with more fiber than a strictly carnivorous diet (cat food) can provide
  • the level of protein in dog food is tempered with starch fillers, such as grains, ground corn, or produce like peas
  • over time, too high a concentration of protein, like what’s found in cat food, can cause serious health problems for dogs because all that protein puts a heavy load on internal organs like the kidneys, liver and pancreas
  • protein-dense cat food can cause stomach upset in your Morkie, although most dogs seem to get away with the occasional “treat” of stolen cat food without huge consequences
  • more on Small Dog Breed Food

Can dogs eat cat food? Can CATS each DOG food?

can dogs eat cat food or is it bad?

The downside of dog food for cats

Cats who exist on dog food will be seriously shortchanged when it comes to nutrition. Over time, their health will deteriorate quite drastically.   While dogs who eat too much cat food might get an upset stomach — and in extreme cases they could develop pancreatitis — it’s much more serious for cats to subsist on dog food.

The downside of cat food for dogs

Obviously cat food isn’t made for dogs. It doesn’t have the wider variety of ingredients, and more importantly it is too protein-dense. That can cause an upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting. But all those symptoms will disappear fairly quickly. The more serious problem with cat food for dogs is, it could cause pancreatitis which is life-threatening. Symptoms of pancreatitis include:

Weakness; Lethargy; Appetite loss; Vomiting; Distended abdomen; Diarrhea; Fever




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.

For the Dads who love Dogs

For the Dads who love Dogs

Happy Father’s Day from the dog!

Seems like Mothers Day is just over, and now we’re looking after Dad with a Father’s Day from the Dog present. So what DOES the Morkie-Dad-Who-Has-It-All want?

You can never have too many t-shirts, so take a look at some of these cute ones. The perfect Father’s Day gift from the dog, the MORKIE DOG! And much more original than a tie.

There are dozens and dozens of other fun sayings too, so check them out.

Fun Morkie T-shirts for Dad for Fathers Day!

fathers day from the dog; a great t-sgurt

Gifts from the dog

Have some fun with the man in your life this Father’s Day (Sunday June 17th) and order him a Morkie T-shirt from Amazon. Still lots of time to oder.

These shirts are all well-made and screened so the image lasts, but any problems, and you know Amazon – send it back!

Buy at Amazon - gifts from the dog
Beer and Pet Morkie T-Shirt for Morkie Dog Mom

SUPER EASY IDEAS KIDS CAN MAKE FOR FATHER’S DAY BREAKFAST!

pour  D-A-D letters from pancake mix (hint: make more than one of each letter in case they break. Put oven on at 275 to keep pancakes warm while you make enough for everyone)

I love you egg – drop a heart shaped cookie cutter into a well greased frying pan, and crack egg into it. Serve on toast.

hugs & kisses toast – cut a big X and a big O from several layers of tin foil folded over (about 2″ high) then place on toast and carefully spread jam around the cut outs.

happy father's day card

More gifts from the dog – great gifts for dog lovers (Morkie dogs that is)

All I need is my Morkie and a coffee

Fathers day from dog; Morkie and coffee t-shirt

World’s Best Morkie Dad

My Morkie and I talk sh*t about you

fathers day from dog - sassy Morkie t-shirt

card that says happy fathers day from the dog, the Morkie dog.

Best Morkie Dad ever

happy fathers day from the dog - Best Morkie Dad ever t-shirt

World’s best Morkie Grandpa

gifts from the dog, World's Best Morkie Grandpa t-shirt

It’s not drinking alone if your Morkie is at home

It always comes down to dogs 🙂

L. B. J. with beagle dogs

Father’s Day took a long time to catch on

According to Wikipedia, the idea of a Father’s Day celebration goes back to 1907, when a memorial service was held for a large group of men who died in a mining accident in West Virginia.

From there, a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd ran with the ball; her inspiration was her Civil-War-veteran father who raised 6 kids on his own.

She officially launched Father’s Day in 1910, but the idea fizzled out until many years later.

FINALLY, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

Left: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson holds his dog “Her” by the ears as White House visitors look on, April 27, 1964, on the White House lawn, Washington, D.C. At left is President Johnson’s other dog, “Him.” This picture raised criticism from dog lovers. (AP Photo/Charles P. Gorry)




Dog Dental Care & Your Morkie

Dog Dental Care & Your Morkie

Good dog dental care is vital for your Morkie and there’s more to it than just cleaning dogs teeth. Proper dental care includes these four parts:

1. brush – ideally daily, but at least every other day

2. spray – use one of the new ‘plaque sprays’ or dental gels for dogs

3. feed RAW bones, like chicken wings

4. go pro – get his teeth cleaned at the Vet’s when necessary

If you just ignore proper dog dental care and hygiene, you are literally—
  • shortening your Morkie’s life, because the ugly bacteria of dental disease eventually can make its way into the blood stream, where it causes permanent damage to vital organs like the heart and kidneys
  • dog dental disease means sentencing your Morkie to pain and suffering from bad teeth. Pain he can’t even tell you about.

Read  more at Dog Dental Care

daily brushing

sprays or gels

raw bones

dentist care

Important as brushing is, good dog dental care is more than simply cleaning your dog's teeth!

Look at the progression of dog dental disease!

dog dental disease
advanced dog dental disease
extreme dog dental disease



doggy breath

Ugh, doggy breath!

Little dogs seemed plagued with doggy breath; one reason why is they’re more prone to plaque and tartar build-up on their teeth. Yorkie teeth in particular, are renowned for being bad; they’re too jammed in to the Yorkie’s small jaw, and not well ‘anchored’ in the jaw. It’s possible that a Morkie has the same poor teeth; another reason to watch closely for problems.

Occasional remedies for doggy breath include minty products like YipYap or White Bites. Now and then your Morkie might need some temporary help for really bad doggy breath. These products work but don’t use them to mask more serious causes of doggy breath.

DANGER: NEVER use a product which contains artificial colouring, artificial flavours, alcohol or xylitol. Both are highly toxic for dogs.

Does kibble keep your Morkie’s teeth clean?

As one expert said,

expecting kibble to help clean your dog’s teeth is like people counting on potato chips to clean their teeth.

Do treats work to clean your dog’s teeth?

Greenies, made by the Nutro Company, have been around for about a decade, and are designed to help keep the dog’s (or cat’s) teeth clean through mechanical abrasion.

The company says Greenies are #1 Vet recommended dental chews and are clinically proven to deliver total oral health solutions.

On the plus side:

  • they’re chemical-free (100% natural ingredients)
  • not too fattening for your Morkie (the mini has 25 calories)
  • they have the American Veterinary Dental College seal of approval

On the downside:

  • Dental Chews like Dentabone® and Dentastix® are hard for small dogs to digest
  • can cause an upset stomach and gas, so limit your Morkie to one every other day at most

Get Greenies today at Amazon.com

Healthy Pets Dental Gel Formula

  • 8 Botanicals – Not Just 1 or 2 Like Some Other Products
  • Synthetic Vitamin Supplements

Grapefruit seed extract and peppermint oil are just two ingredients in this top-rated Dental Gel. The 8 main ingredients in this peppermint-flavoured Healthy Pets Dental Gel are designed to work together to help keep teeth clean.

All ingredients are:

  • Plant-based and 100% natural
  • Safe without potential adverse effects for both cats and dogs
  • Effective at cleaning teeth, even without brushing

 

Easy to use.

Just squeeze the recommended amount onto your fingertip. For a small size dog like a Morkie, that’s less than a fourth of a teaspoon.

If your Morkie will allow you to open his mouth, simply smear the gel over his teeth and gums. If not, place the gel on his lips, paw, or muzzle, and he’ll lick it off. The more he licks, the more it will mix with his saliva and coat his teeth and gums.

When smearing the gel on your dog’s teeth, focus on the back molars first. Especially with cats, this is where most of the dirt accumulates. Move to the pre-molars, canines, and then the incisors.

Order your Healthy Pets Dental Gel with Herbal Extracts today and know you may be making a great decision for your Morkie.

Cutest Small Dog Breeds

Cutest Small Dog Breeds

Of all the cutest dogs in the world, which ones do you think are the cutest SMALL DOG breeds? That’s a hard question, given there are at least 339 dog breeds in the world (the number varies a bit, depending on who’s counting). Plus all the cross breed possibilities of those 339 breeds. Phew!

I’ve known and loved a lot of dogs, but I still can’t make up my mind. But I’m down to three finalists for cutest small dog breeds:

Yorkie

Morkie

Maltese

What about you? Which do YOU think are the cutest dogs ever?

Why are these the cutest dogs?

Yorkie ♥  Morkie ♥ Maltese 

Each one of them is known as an affectionate dog breed.

From my experience of them, I’d have to say, I can’t even pick which of the three is the MOST affectionate.

It seems that the male of each breed is even more affectionate, but that could just be my experience.

If you don’t believe me, just google it.

google cutest small dog breeds
google cutest dogs

Or check Wikipedia for 12 Cutest Dogs

or check these Photos if you don’t believe Wikipedia 🙂

Cutest small dog breeds - Yorkie Morkie Maltese

What else makes the Yorkie, Morkie and Maltese the cutest dogs ever?

Long fluffy coats. They’re soft as can be, perfect to pet and you don’t get covered with fur! Like Morkies – and other small dogs – that don’t shed

As much as I love short haired dogs like Chihuahuas, I’m not crazy about being covered in short, spiky hairs that have anchored deep into the fabric of my clothes.

Or huge clumps of soft, long hair, like from a Golden Retriever.

Yorkie Morkie Maltese are not only the BEST, they are among the Longest living dogs too!

Small dogs that don't shed

Hair stays ON THE DOG, where it’s supposed to be!

cutest dogs don't shed

If you agree these are the cutest  small dog breeds around, you might like these Morkie Mom Ts – available from Amazon.

How to find a lost dog

How to find a lost dog

Do you know how to find a lost dog? Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Canada Day — these are all dates when dogs go missing because they’ve been freaked out by fireworks.

Here are some tips for you and your Morkie, on how to find a lost dog.

DON'T PANIC BUT DO ACT QUICKLY

Best idea - don't let your Morkie get lost

Your family isn’t the same if your Morkie gets lost!

Holidays, vacations and celebrations are all times when your Morkie has a good chance to run away. People are coming and going, the door or gate can be left open and there’s lots of commotion.

Sometimes the best defence is a good offence, so if things might get a little crazy with family and friends, why not put your Morkie in a quite room to himself. Leave the radio on to dull your noise and leave him some toys, food and water (and if he’s trained to go indoors, a pee pad)

Don’t forget to check on him now and then – which certainly beats looking for him!

Poster Tips

Instead of saying “Lost Dog” put Lost Morkie or Lost Yorkie-Mix

Naming a specific breed gives the reader a better idea of what he’s looking for; and will likely stick in his mind longer.  Experts say that adding things like, “we miss him a lot” doesn’t help so save the space and use it to get the simple message out there: Lost Morkie, brief description, reward and phone number.




Tag Tip

Do NOT Place Your Dog’s Name On His Tags

Placing your Morkie’s name on his identification tag can help a dognapper to lure him from you. Dognapping is a serious problem in many areas so don’t help these criminals by leaving your Morkie’s name on his I.D. Tag.

Make sure your Morkie’s collar fits properly. It should be large enough to allow two fingers to slip in between it and the dog’s neck, but not so large that it can slip off over his head. If you prefer using a harness to walk your dog, by all means do so, but let him wear a leather collar with identification as well.

Microchipping is  another way to protect your Morkie’s way home. Read more here.

How to find a lost dog? With a great dog tag!

The Smarter Dog Tag

PetHub, a company that makes digital pet ID tags, provides some eye-opening statistics about lost pets:

  • 1 in 3 pets will become lost in their lifetime
  • Less than 2 percent of lost cats and only 15 to 20 percent of lost dogs make it back home to their families (per the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy)
  • Most pets who do get home are wearing an ID tag or are microchipped or tattooed
  • 80 percent of pet parents believe pet ID tags are crucially important, but only 33 percent report that their pet always wears one (per the ASPCA)

From Mercola Healthy Pets

GPS Tracking Devices

GPS trackers are ideal if your Morkie is a habitual runaway.

Along with some intensive training to curb this behaviour, a GPS device can add an other degree of security.

tile tracking tags

Another option is RFID devices like htis Tile unit. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) pet tags and collars are basically microchips your pet wears rather than has implanted. They’re the same little devices you can put in your wallet or on your phone, to pinpoint it if it goes missing.

Get the word out

  • put a “Lost ” ad in your local newspaper the very first morning your dog is gone. (usually free)
  • put posters up in your area
  • get on social media INCLUDING SPECIFIC LOST AND FOUND GROUPS in your area

VISIT!

Visit all local dog pounds and animal shelters, don’t rely on their information.

Go through the facilities and look at all dogs and cats, DAILY.

Call around

  • Call all your neighbours personally.
  • call the local humane society or pound, vet clinic including emergency clinics outside your immediate area
  • call local police
  • call local kennels, groomers
  • dog training clubs

Reach out to a pro

Connect with people at websites like HelpingLostPets who can help you find your lost pet. There’s no cost.

They warn, don’t pay someone to help you find your dog, you’ll be cheated or taken advantage of

Walk your neighbourhood

  • enlist family and friends to canvas the neighborhood, in all directions, on the roads and as the crow flies.
  • expand outside where you think your Morkie could go.
  • a frightened dog will travel farther than you think.

Don't give up

Pets have been reunited with their families YEARS later, so don’t give up. Here’s a pup who showed up 10 years later!

With thanks to Petfinder.com

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

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,

Is your Morkie dog’s nose dry and cracked?

Is your Morkie dog’s nose dry and cracked?

If your dog’s nose is dry and cracked, he’s probably quite uncomfortable. A dog’s nose is highly sensitive, and very important to his functioning (he has 300 million scent receptors, compared to our mere 6 million!). And in terms of performance, a dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times as acute as ours, scientists say.

So if something’s off, like your dog’s nose is dry and cracked, then it’s a big deal.

What does it mean when your dog’s nose is dry?

Some people think that when a dog’s nose is dry, he is getting sick; or a wet nose means he’s getting sick! Actually, your Morkie’s nose is wet, then dry, then wet, many, many times a day. It’s all normal.

But when your dog’s nose is dry and cracked for even a few days, it could be a sign of:

  • severe allergy to pollen or mold
  • another type of irritant such as food
  • excessively licking his nose, from stress
  • auto immune disease

Most often, the problem is Nasal Hyperkeratosis. This is a condition where excess nose skin grows, then crusts, over the nose. It’s tempting to pick off the cracked, loosening bits of skin, but don’t. Your Morkie’s nose can start to bleed.

Hot dry nose?

Typically, when a dog is sick, he will have a raised temperature, along with a hot, dry nose.

Moist nose?

Moist noses are also one of the ways that canines can regulate body temperature and cool down.

Wet nose, dry nose – neither is a reliable indicator of your Morkie’s heath on its own.




But a dry, cracked nose needs attention!

Causes range from protein overgrowth, called Nasal Hyperkeratosis, to simply a very dry nose.

If it IS Hyperkeratosis, you can treat your Morkie with special nose balm, such as Snout Soother, or Burts Bees Paw and Nose Lotion with Rosemary. Use it twice a day until the hard, brittle skin on your Morkie’s nose begins to come off, replaced by soft new skin. Then use twice a week to keep his nose supple.

nose balm for dogs

 

 


Hyperkeratosis = skin condition where keratin (skin) becomes thicker than usual in certain places.

Other examples of hyperkeratosis include:

  • calluses
  • corns
  • eczema
  • plantar warts
  • psoriasis
  • warts

Although Nasal Hyperkeratosis can’t be comfortable for a dog, it’s not especially serious. However, if special balm or lotion doesn’t clear it up, see your Veterinarian.

eeeewwwwww! Gross!

Here’s what it looks like.

Breeds who typically suffer from dry nose, according to iHeartDogs.com:

 

 

  • Bulldogs
  • French Bulldogs
  • Pugs
  • Boxers
  • Mastiffs
  • Bullmastiffs
  • American Bulldogs
  • German Shepherds
  • Collies
  • Poodles
  • Japanese Chin
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranians

No Yorkies or Maltese on the list…  phew!

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

Drake

Jann Arden

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

And some more….

Kevin Jonas

Marnie Stern

Susan Sarandon

Perez Hilton

Steve Tyler

See their photos here

Can dogs eat Nutella?

Can dogs eat Nutella?

“Can dogs eat Nutella” has been a trending question recently, and the answer is easy: no. Morkies (and all other dogs) can’t have chocolate, and the other ingredients in Nutella aren’t very good for dogs either.

No, sorry dogs, you can’t have Nutella  🙁

history photo of where nutella was invented

 

Nutella was developed in Alba, Italy in 1944 by Pietro Ferrero in the back of his pastry shop (pictured above). Popular for generations, Nutella is a delicious chocolate and hazelnut spread, a favourite for breakfast in many families.

 

nutella history

What’s in Nutella?

  • sugar
  • modified palm oil
  • hazelnuts
  • cocoa powder
  • skimmed milk powder
  • whey powder
  • soy lecithin
  • vanillin



Here’s an excellent resource – put in your Morkie’s weight and amount of chocolate you think he’s eaten. The results will show you what action to take.

What about the hazelnuts – can dogs have nuts?

 

Nuts that are safe for dogs and nuts that are toxic for dogs

Nutella® is a registered trademark and exclusive property of Ferrero S.p.A. and/or of other Companies of the Ferrero Group.

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.

It’s Tick Time for dogs

It’s Tick Time for dogs

It’s spring and ticks will be here soon… you might even be getting notices from your local Vet that it’s time for Tick & Flea treatment. But before you act…

Think twice before you give your small dog spot on tick treatments

Ticks are bad news for any mammal who picks one up. Disease, infection, blood loss, serious allergic reactions and more can result. These nasty little creatures carry at least 15 common diseases, including Rocky Mountain fever, Lyme Disease and others, some so serious you can die! They also carry countless other infections, bacteria and diseases.

Ticks are hard to treat and control. They have the tenacity of cockroaches. Some types can live for two years without a meal. They can hang on a small branch or stem for up to six months, waiting for a victim to walk by. Then they latch on and start their “blood fest.”

Ticks bite the victim, or ‘host,’ then burrow their heads under the skin. A barbed feeding tube syphons off the host’s blood. As they gorge, ticks expand to up to 100 times their original size, filling themselves with blood. A tick that starts out the size of a poppy seed can blow up to the size of a freakish grape after feeding.

ticks

A tick, before latching on to its victim (left) and after its blood fest (right).

But they are especially dangerous to small dogs.  As bad as ticks are… there’s something worse!

Commercial products to repel ticks can be deadly

Flea and tick prevention products can be just as dangerous for small dogs as the ticks themselves. The insecticides in these products are poisonous. Even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns us about the dangers of spot-on flea and tick products, particularly for dogs under 20 pounds. When we buy products for ourselves and our household, we assume that they’ve been subjected to rigorous testing by “the government,” eager to look after us. The truth is quite different. Regulations around pet products are quite sketchy. For example, products for pets don’t have to be tested on actual pets. Many can be tested on rats instead. So flea and tick shampoo, dips or powders can cause tremors, drooling, seizures and worse for your small dog. Let’s face it, commercial flea and tick products are made with poisons. Poisons to repel and kill very hardy pests. It’s no wonder they’re dangerous for a dog, and even more dangerous for a small dog.

Over the next 10 days, I’ll be posting alternative ways to safeguard the health of your small dog, without endangering it with toxic anti-tick and flea treatments.

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. 

13 Dog Facts You Probably Don’t Know

13 Dog Facts You Probably Don’t Know

A Yorkshire Terrier's nose very close up, illustrating idea that a dogs sense of smell is far, far greater than ours.

1. The “smell center” of a dog’s brain is 40 times larger than yours.

Dogs can smell thousands of times better than humans. Their noses have millions more scent receptors—for example, a human nose averages 5 million while a Dachshund’s has 125 million—making them useful in sniffing out drugs, dead bodies, bed bugs, explosives, and more.

 

2. No two dog noses are the same.

Nose prints are like our fingerprints – unique!

 

A little Yorkie and a Morkie dog sleeping together.3. Dogs dream like people.

If you’ve ever noticed your Morkie twitching in her sleep, this probably means she’s dreaming. Researchers found that dogs have similar sleep patterns and brain activity as humans, and that small breeds tend to dream more than large ones.

Psychology Today suggests they’re probably imagining familiar activities like playing outside or chasing their tail.

4. Dogs are as smart as a two-year-old baby.

According to canine researcher and author Stanley Coren, your toddler and pup are about on par when it comes to brains.

He also contends that man’s best friend can count, understand more than 150 words, and even trick people or other dogs to get treats. Intelligence varies based on breed—Border collies are the smartest.

5. Dogs only mate twice a year.

This little Morkie leaning on a heart shaped pillow is all ready for love.

Unspayed females only go into heat twice a year, so dog breeders need to plan carefully.

6. Tail wagging = happy dog?

If your dog excitedly wags his tail, it means he’s happy to see you, right? Not necessarily. According to Discovery.com, dogs wag their tails to the right when they’re happy and to the left when they’re frightened. Wagging low means they’re insecure; and rapid tail wagging accompanied by tense muscles or dilated pupils can signal aggression.

 

7. Puppies are born blind and deaf.

Newborn dogs are still developing, according to Psychology Today, so their ear canals and eyes are still closed. Most puppies open their eyes and respond to noises after about two weeks.

Little Yorkshire Terrier dressed as a gypsy fortune teller, waiting to to tell your fortune.

8. Dogs have a “sixth sense.”

In a 2010 poll, 67% of pet owners reported their pets acting strangely right before a storm, and 43% said their pets acted funny right before something bad happened.

The top clues? Whining, erratic behavior, or trying to hide in a safe place. There are even reports that dogs can sense illnesses, like cancer.

9. Dogs have sweat glands only in their paws.

Dogs have only two ways to cool down: sweating through the pads of their paws, and panting.

 

10. Your Morkie’s feet can smell like Fritos.

Dogs feet can smell like the popular corn chip, Fritos. Picture shows puppy paws and bag of Fritos.

 

Some pet owners might notice the scent of corn chips or popcorn lingering around their dog. This is called “frito feet,” and it happens when sweat and bacteria builds up in the paws.

 

11. “Dog breath” is actually unhealthy.

You might expect your dog’s mouth to smell like, well, dog. But persistent bad breath can actually be a sign of dental disease or other health problems. If you don’t already, have your dog’s teeth examined by a Veterinarian every year.

 

12. It’s not unusual for dogs to eat poop.

It’s no secret: dogs often eat their own poop (and other fecal matter). But though it might seem gross, the ASPCA says it’s perfectly normal, stemming from their pre-domestication days thousands of years ago.

More common in puppies, older dogs usually grow out of it, although some do it into adulthood.

 

13. A dog’s unique scent is secreted in its glands.

And yes, those scent glands are located in their backsides (called ‘anal glands,’ on either side of the tail). Dogs are notorious for sniffing one another there; it’s how they identify others and also what they use to mark their territory.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Our new website is ready!

Our new website is ready!

Hope you enjoy this new site…. we’ve added more content for you, and much larger pictures.

Some of your favourite pages are easier to find than ever:

And guess who has a MORKIE!??

singer Drake

 

Here’s Drake in Toronto with his new Morkie. Left, the Morkie breeder. (Sorry we didn’t get her name)

 

See the other celeb pups here.

And a whole new album of Morkie puppies.

Do you have a picture you’d like to share? Please send it along! Just email to [email protected]

 

How big will your puppy get?

morkie worksheet

A lot of people have been asking this lately, so there’s a page dedicated to the subject, including a worksheet you can download and use to figure it out.

Not an exact science, but this should be helpful.

(And did you know that one of the parent dogs, the Yorkie, used to be a lot bigger?  Check it out.)

 

 

 

Feedback? Comments? Kudos?

Please share your thoughts on the new site, and anything you’d like to see that we’ve missed…  here’s the contact form.

 

Phew, time to take a rest!

 

Yorkshire Terrier on pillow

Don’t be impressed with AAFCO “approval”

Don’t be impressed with AAFCO “approval”

The Association of American Feed Control Officials, called AAFCO, is a private organization of volunteers in the animal feed feed industry — including people from the pet food industry itself.

It is not mandated by any laws; it does not write laws or change them.

AAFCO sets standards for nutritional adequacy for a wide variety of animal feed, including cattle feed, feed for commercially raised rabbits, pig feed, dog and cat food, etc.
In my personal opinion, AAFCO regulation falls FAR short of protecting the welfare of our pets; here are some reasons why I say this.

1. How AAFCO tests pet foods

Food is either analyzed in the lab, or AAFCO runs feed trails.

  • the feed trial includes 8 dogs minimum, or more
  • 25% can be removed during the test – so the test could be conducted with just SIX DOGS
  • as long as the remaining animals don’t lose more than 15% of their body weight during the 26 week trial, the food is approved

AAFCO states clearly in its mandate, that it is setting standards for adequate nutrition. Not good nutrition, not particularly healthy. Adequate to keep the animal alive.

 

AAFCO food trials

 

2. FEED and FOOD is very different

There’s a big difference between FEED and FOOD.

AAFCO is mostly comprised of Feed Control Officials. These are state department of agriculture representatives who work together on feed that livestock eats. It’s nothing like our FOOD or what we think of as our pet’s FOOD. AAFCO is all about FEED.

Feed is all about fattening commercially raised animals for slaughter with the minimum resources possible; food is about building and maintaining good health.

One difference alone – FEED is allowed, per FDA, to contain euthanized pets and pesticide-laden grains and vegetables that wouldn’t be allowed for human consumption. (www.truthaboutpetfoods)

 

3. AAFCO doesn’t actually approve pet food

AAFCO does not approve, certify or reject pet food. Wording on pet food actually says that it MEETS the nutritional requirements established by AAFCO. Those standards, as mentioned, are what’s needed for adequate nutrition, in highly processed pet foods.

 

What does AAFCO really mean

 

4. These are the people who brought you the Label Laws

Remember these rules? You can read about them in detail on my blog, What’s on Your Dog’s Menu, but basically it’s a serious of weasel statements that tell manufactures what to call their products when they don’t contain a lot of meat.

For example, let’s look at Cesar Classics Filet Mignon Flavor, made by food giant Mars. 

 

It contains no filet mignon; it contains nothing like what we think of as beef.

Instead, this Cesar Classics flavour contains:

  • beef by-products – this is leftover, non-meat which can include lungs, stomach, and intestines (required to be freed of feces) from slaughtered mammals. It is not the flesh or ‘meat’ which has been removed for human food or other animal feed products.

It’s not even the ‘acceptable’ kinds of slaughterhouse leftovers like gristle, pieces of fatty tissue, meat from the animal’s head and feet; connective tissue – all of this goes into hot dogs and processed meat for people.

  • animal liver – liver is a good source of protein; the problem here is, what kind of animal?
  • meat by-products – again, the leftover waste from the slaughterhouse, but what kind of animal(s) are we talking about?
  • chicken by-products – this is not chicken ‘meat;’ it is the scrap, and can include feet, backs, livers, lungs, chicken heads, undeveloped eggs, etc.

….along with artificial colouring, sodium nitrite and more.

The total protein content of this food: 8%.

Remember, it’s the food name that counts

 


More reading on AAFCO and its role

Dog Food Advisor – https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/animal-by-products/

Truth About Pet Food – http://truthaboutpetfood.com/should-my-pets-food-be-aafco-approved/

AAFCO official site – http://www.aafco.org/Consumers

How to read a dog food label – Part I

How to read a dog food label – Part I

First in an informal series on commercial dog foods.

When you’re shopping for commercial dog food – canned or kibble – here is an important place to start: the first 5 ingredients listed on the label.

Even though dog food labels may list dozens of ingredients, it’s the first 5 that matter.

That’s because dog food ingredients are listed in order of weight, so the closer to the top of the list, the more of that ingredient in the dog food.

Let’s look at one notably horrible dog food and one notably good commercial dog food.

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition (dry food)

Ol’ Roy is the store brand, or private label brand, of Walmart. It’s manufactured by Doane Pet Food, which is owned by Mars Pet Food Division. Virtually any website that compares commercial dog foods rates this one at the bottom of the list. (Mars makes other cheap pet foods like Pedigree, Cesar and Nutro.)

 

The first 5 ingredients in Ol’ Roy

  1. Ground Yellow Corn
  2. Meat and Bone Meal
  3. Soybean Meal
  4. Poultry By-Product Meal
  5. Animal Fat

 

Are dogs corn eaters? No, but that’s the first ingredient and it’s CHEAP filler.

Meat and bone meal is a nasty mix of waste animal tissues, including bone. Very hard for dogs to digest. And what kind of animal does the meat and bone meal come from? Could be any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep, goats…

Soybean meal does contain 48% protein. It’s probably included to boost the overall protein content of this food but it’s much lower quality than protein from meat.

Poultry by-product meal is made from slaughterhouse leftovers like chicken feet, backs, lungs and heads. If these leftovers are edible, they’re added to people food like bologna, sausage and hot dogs.

Not edible? Then add it to dog food, where it’s rendered (cooked at very high temperatures) until it is a dry meal.

Animal fat – again, what kind of a animal are we talking about?? If it doesn’t say, you don’t know.

And that means it can be spoiled supermarket meat, dead, diseased or dying cattle (the Three Ds of the meat world); road kill and even euthanized pets!!! It’s all legal.

AND, generic animal fat is often preserved with BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole). BHA is a suspected cancer causing agent. It’s also used in making rubber and cosmetics.

 

Mystery Meat

MEAT is great for dogs because it’s a source of protein that’s complete. It contains all all ten essential amino acids — nutrients dogs cannot live without. Plus, dogs can easily digest it, especially compared to inferior protein sources like corn or grain. But if the meat is not named, it can be literally anything, including

 

Whenever a pet food does not name the TYPE of animal, but just says “animal” or “meat” instead of, for example,  “beef” or “chicken,” your guard should go up. That’s because the meat can be almost anything, and changes depending on what’s the cheapest in the marketplace.

MEAT BY-PRODUCTS are even scarier – by-products are slaughterhouse waste. The stuff that they won’t even put in hot dogs! The stuff they sweep up off the floor at the end of the day.

Purina calls this –

“nutrient-rich organ meats”

Sorry, but the rest of the world calls it crap! For example… “deboned chicken” is  literally chicken meat that we’d eat. “Poultry by-products” can be what’s left after the ‘real’ meat is stripped off. Stuff like the head, the feet, neck and internal organs that no other food processor wants.

 

 

 

In summary, AVOID –

  • commercial dog food that has “meat”
  • instead, go for a named product, like beef, chicken, lamb, etc.
  • and avoid poultry, and go for chicken, turkey, duck, etc.
  • avoid by-products, meat or otherwise

 


Here’s an example of a label that you can understand, and that actually looks good.

Blue Life Protection Formula Chicken & Brown Rice

Blue Life Protection Formula Chicken & Brown Rice

Top 5 ingredients:

  1. Deboned Chicken
  2. Chicken Meal
  3. Brown Rice
  4. Barley
  5. Oatmeal

Now THAT sounds like something you’d want to feed to your Morkie!

 

To see how your dog’s food compares, check out Blue Buffalo’s web page Take the Test.

Celebrity Morkies, Yorkies & Maltese

Celebrity Morkies, Yorkies & Maltese

Who doesn’t love little dogs? The rich and famous, who could have their pick of ANY breed in the world, are certainly fond of Yorkies, Morkies and Maltese. Here are just a few celeb pups!

 

Famous Morkie owners – singer songwriter Jann Arden

Jann Ardens morkie  Jann Arden and her morkie midi

Jann and Midi

 

This is Jann Arden‘s little Morkie called Midi (it’s a musical term). Jann has had a number of adventures with her, including being kicked off a CN Train on her way to a concert in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.

Part way through the trip, a porter noticed little Midi in a kennel cage, and gave the singer two choices: stow her Morkie with the rest of the luggage (!!) or get off the train.

Rumour has it Jann pulled the stop cord, and got off!

 

 


 

Rocker Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler and a yorkie and a morkie

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler credits his dogs with keeping him sane in an otherwise insane industry.

Here he is with his Morkie AND an adorable Yorkie. They’re called Sundance and Butch Cassidy.

Check him out on YouTube here – with his dogs on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1tAoRujaWo 

 

 


Modern Family Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson

 

 

 

Here’s actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson with his Morkie Leaf.

 

Last year on the Golden Globes, he said goodnight to his beloved pup!

 

 

And, the latest celeb Morkie lover …..

 

Above, Drake in Toronto with his new Morkie puppy, and the breeder whose kennel provided the dog.

 


 

Famous Yorkie owners – actor Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp and Yorkie

 

You may remember the big deal when Depp and his partner Amber Heard, went to Australia so he could complete filming on the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Seems the couple “forgot” to notify customs and immigration that they were bringing in animals, and the Prime Minister exploded.  He even threatened to “execute” the two dogs since they weren’t put into quarantine, as is Australian law!

 

 

 

The late Whitney Houston loved her little Yorkie Doogie. When the singer passed away, daughter Bobbi Kristina took over care of the Yorkie, and added two more of her own.

Whitney’s sister now looks after the remaining dogs.

 

 

 

Above, left to right. Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman; Rocker Ozzie Osbourne and wife Sharon with their baby; tennis superstar Venus Williams.

 

 

 

Molly Sims and her pair of Yorkies, Chloe and Poupette. She takes them everywhere – along with her baby – in their own doggy stroller!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presidential Pup

President Richard Nixon in the White House, 1970, with the family’s pet Yorkie Pasha. The dog was bought for his daughter Tricia, but Nixon seems to have loved the pup just as much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


AND…. Celebrity Maltese dogs go waaaaaay back!  

Maltese dogs are one of the oldest breeds still around today. It’s believed they were pets to Ancient Greeks including Aristotle, a whopping 2,600 years ago!

Many members of the British Royalty were very attached to these loving lapdogs, even centuries ago.

Left to right; the Duchess of Alba with her Maltese, painted by Goya in 1797; Marie Antoinette around 1780; Queen Elizabeth I in the 1580s; Mary Queen of Scots, with her Maltese in the 1590s. 

 

 

 

In THIS century, fans of the Maltese included Elvis, left, who bought several for girlfriends and for his mother. Diana Ross had a Maltese dog, as did Marilyn Monroe – hers was a gift from Frank Sinatra and was called Maf, short for Mafia.

Another 60s star who loved her Maltese – Elizabeth Taylor.

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right: Demi Lovato; Susan Sarandon; Jane Fonda and Halle Berry.

 

Real men love Maltese too!

Left to right, with their beloved Maltese! Ashton Kutcher; Russell Brand and Snoop Dog.

 

 


 

Is Benadryl safe for dogs?

Is Benadryl safe for dogs?

Benadryl® – is a popular allergy and itch medicine for adults and children.

The good news: It’s also OK to give to dogs.

Can a dog have Benadryl®? Yes!

In the proper dosage, Benadryl is safe for dogs and can help relieve:

  1. dog allergies
  2. the after-effects of vaccinations
  3. reactions to flea bites, bee stings or hornet and wasp stings
  4. ‘hot spots’ on the skin or itching
  5. motion sickness for dogs – so it’s perfect for that long car ride
  6. sometimes your Vet may recommend a daily low-dosage to treat anxiety problems

 

The active ingredient in Benadryl is diphenhydramine.

Always check with your Vet

Although many websites recommend Benadryl as an important part of your dog first aid kit, others say you should ask your Vet before you give it to your pet.  So why not make this a must-ask at your next Vet appointment and get your Vet’s advice on when and how much Benadryl to give, should the need ever arise.

Benadryl dosage for dogs

The rule of thumb for Benadryl for dogs, is 1 mg, per pound of the dog, every 8 hours.  However, Benadryl comes in tablet form, in a 25 mg dosage. For a small dog like a Morkie you might need just 4 or 5 mg and it would  be impossible to accurately divide a pill into 5 pieces…. So the liquid form is recommended

Children’s BENADRYL® Liquid does not contain any dyes or alcohol and can be accurately measured with a special eyedropper or syringe without the needle.

For dogs under 10 pounds:    ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) every 4 to 6 hours

For dogs over 10 pounds:   1 tsp. (5 mL) every 4 to 6 hours

To measure accurately, get an eye dropper, or syringe without the needle, with measurement markings.

Here’s a handy Benadryl dosage chart for dogs, that you can download free

 

Benadryl dosage chart

Do NOT use these types of Benadryl

They are not safe for your dog.

Generic or no-name Benadryl

Benadryl tablets

Congestion Relief

Sugar-free Benadryl

Children's Cough Relief

Side effects of Benadryl

Your dog will get sleepy and may be more thirsty than normal.  Some food before the Benadryl is a good idea. Other less-common possible side effects include:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • hyperexcitability
  • sedation effect

Do Not Use Benadryl IF:

  • your Morkie has:
    • hyperthyroidism
    • glaucoma
    • high blood pressure
    • chronic lung disease
    • bladder disorders
  • your dog is on other medications
  • your Morkie is under 4 months old
  • your dog is pregnant or nursing

Use these only - Children's Genuine Benadryl liquid

These packages are all sugar-free, children’s liquid Benadryl




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.

 

BENADRYL® is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson

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?

Housebreaking a puppy… or adult

Housebreaking a puppy… or adult

Many people are frustrated that their small dogs still aren’t potty trained. They may dribble all over, or flat out, pee and poop on the rug. Sometimes dogs will hide their mistakes, especially if you’re angry. So then you find treasures later on.

Small dogs are the worst!

Why is it so hard to train small dogs?

For one reason, we tend to spoil them, ignoring tiny mistakes at first.

Also we carry our dogs everywhere, so how can they tell us they need to go?

The 3 main reasons we have trouble dog housetraining are:

1. we’re inconsistent about where we want them to go.

2. we don’t understand the subtle difference between positive and negative reinforcement or training.

3. we expect them to hold it all day, even though their bladders are soooo tiny!

Let’s take these one at a time.

1. We’re inconsistent about where we want them to go.

As soon as you get a dog, you must decide, do you want him to go indoors (on training pads, newspapers, even in a litter box) or outdoors.

You must pick one, and stick with it. Otherwise your little Morkie will be very confused and anxious – going outside one day, and inside the next.

 

2. We’re not harnessing the power of positive and negative reinforcement for dog housetraining.

What does not work, is old school punishment. Instead, reward your Morkie whenever you catch him doing something great, like going on his papers. Lots of praise in a happy voice is good.

Ignore the mistakes. If you rub his nose in it, or shout, or pretend to whack him with a newspaper, he doesn’t understand. You’re simply alienating him and making him more nervous… and less trained.

Here’s how it works:  See that your Morkie has made a mistake? Say NOTHING. Ignore it completely and don’t talk to him. Don’t make eye contact. Simply clean it up quickly and move on. Harness the power of POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT.

dog housetraining

3. We’re often gone all day to work, and expect our dogs to hold it all day.  They can’t!

A Morkie’s bladder is very tiny, so they simply CANNOT hold on all day. So why not set up your Morkie for success, with his own little space. Complete with bed, food, water, toys and a place to go pee or poop if you’ve trained him to go inside.

It can look like this –

Checklist for the Mini-Room

  • water
  • food
  • pee pad
  • bed
  • toys
  • mat or blanket / bed
  • optional: carrier
  • optional: dog puzzles
  • cover electric plugs and wires
  • no exposed cords

If your Morkie is trained to go inside, then set him up in his own ‘pad’ for times when you’re out.

Complete with cozy bed, toys, food, water and training pads or litter box.

If you’ve trained him to go outdoors, then you’ll need to consider a friend, neighbour or relative who could take him out mid day to relieve himself.

There are lots of great apps now for smartphones, with apps like Rover where you can connect with a bonded, insured dog walker for less than you’d think.

Done all this and there’s still a problem? Then it could be one of these issues:

Give it some thought and consider seeing your Vet. Your Morkie wants nothing more than to please you and make you happy so help him be a good dog.

 

He’s overexcited. So he pees as he jumps and wiggles all over.

He’s fearful and submissive.

Something in your body language and tone has told your dog to be afraid.

He was never trained properly and thinks that it’s ok to go in the house.

He has a medical problem, such as a urinary infection, bladder stones, kidney disease, diabetes or something else.  See your Vet.

When all else fails, there’s nothing like a sense of humour.