Morkie lovers: how to stop a dog from barking

Morkie lovers: how to stop a dog from barking

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

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

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

4 main reasons why dogs bark too much

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

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

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


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

Try a time out

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

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

Still not working?

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

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

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

Breeds that bark the most

These dogs bark a LOT!

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

Also high on the list – 

Doberman Pinschers
Lhasa Apsos

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

Breeds that bark the least

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

Italian Greyhound
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Golden Retriever

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

Bernese Mountain Dog
Great Pyrenees
Saint Bernard
Great Dane
Bull Mastiff

What NOT to do when your Morkie is barking too much

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

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

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

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

In 101 Dalmatians, the dogs explain the Twilight Bark

The Twilight Bark

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

— Dodie Smith, The Hundred and One Dalmatians

How do you handle excess barking? Any tips?

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.

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.


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


  • 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 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.



How to make your dog throw up

How to make your dog throw up

If your Morkie has eaten something poisonous, you’ll want to know how to make your dog vomit, and you’ll also want to know the common dog poisoning symptoms so you can take care of him right away.

Depending on the poison, you have very little time before the toxins takes hold. So if you think your Morkie has been poisoned by something he ate, the first rule is ACT FAST — without panicking.

Act fast but don’t panic

Contact your Vet

Don’t waste time on google – get on the phone.

What are typical dog poisoning symptoms?

Common poison symptoms in dogs include staggering and sudden collapse, sudden and intense drooling, vomiting, shaking, convulsions and a spike in temperature – in an otherwise healthy dog.

Immediate symptoms: heavy duty vomiting, diarrhea and seizures.

Your Morkie’s reaction is usually linked to the type of poison.

Symptoms of Dog Poisoning

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • seizures
  • staggering
  • sudden collapse
  • sudden and intense drooling
  • shaking
  • convulsions
  • a spike in temperature

Bottom Line

If there is any possibility that your Morkie came into contact with poison, call your Vet at once. Don’t wait for symptoms; they could be delayed a day or two and by then, it may be too late.

Your Vet will confirm if you should get your dog to throw up. In some cases, this could cause more harm than good.

If you can’t raise your Vet, call the nearest emergency pet clinic.


Ask if you should get your Morkie to throw up.


Be prepared to get to that clinic at once.

WHEN to make your dog throw up


  • your dog is unconscious or is having trouble breathing
  • he is exhibiting signs of serious distress or shock
  • you suspect he ingested corrosives or caustic — which include:
    • strong acids, drain cleaner, bleach, dishwashing machine powder, rat and rodent poison, antifreeze, perfume, mouthwash, or anything made from petroleum products — paint thinner, paint.


  • he is showing signs of being poisoned, such as staggering and sudden collapse, sudden and intense drooling, vomiting, shaking, convulsions and a spike in temperature
  • AND you know he did not eat something corrosive or caustic.
    • Caustic things include the things just listed, such as strong acids, drain cleaner or rat poison.

HOW to make your dog throw pup

Don’t wait until the panic of the moment is upon you; prepare a dog poisoning kit now and it just might save your Morkie’s life down the road.

Be prepared by assembling the following:

  • a fresh bottle of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, available at any drugstore
  • measuring spoons
  • a small bowl for mixing
  • a turkey baster or an eyedropper
  • these instructions printed out
  • your Veterinarian’s name and phone number
  • the number for your local animal poison control centre, also printed out

Also keep a small bottle of olive oil in the kit, to give in case your dog has swallowed something corrosive

Let everyone in the family know where this kit is, and if you take your dog away with you on vacation or to the cottage, make up a second kit or be sure to take one from home. And remember, prevention is many times more effective – and easier – than treatment!

2 More Things to Keep On Hand

These two products help absorb toxins in your Morkie’s stomach and digestive system, incase he can’t or won’t throw up — and until you get to the Veterinarian for emergency help.


Endosorb is another product you can use to help your Morkie with extreme diarrhea.

It absorbs toxins in the stomach and intestines and is used to treat diarrhea. It works by binding large numbers of bacteria and toxins and reducing the loss of water.

It is available in tablets or a suspension (liquid). The active ingredient in Endosorb is activated attapulgite, which is thought to absorb toxins in the gut to reduce the irritation, discomfort, and cramping associated with diarrhea in dogs and cats.

You can buy Endosorb a capsule at a time from VETDirectRX for 40 cents a pill, or get 50 treatments from Amazon.


Activated charcoal is another product to use in the ultimate emergency. It reduces toxic effects through absorption as well, especially when time is critical. Activated charcoal has been around for thousands of years and is used in nearly every culture too right poisoning, among other uses.

Available in powder or tablet form, brand names include Toxin, CharcoAid and Liqui-Charcoal-Vet Aqueous suspension.

Pick one that is certified food grade, all natural and and sourced from Eastern American hardwood trees (not bamboo). Amazon offers one product:



Boy Scouts symbol: be prepared

The best way to prepare for dog poisoning?

Prevent dog poisoning.
Keep dangerous materials, medications, chemicals, household cleaners and anything that can be poisonous, out of your Morkie’s reach.


Next, prepare a poisoning kit. You can download the details here. That way you’ll be ready in case you need to get your dog to vomit.


Third, download and fill out this handy reference page, featuring symptoms of dog poisoning along with your Vet’s number and telephone numbers for local emergency clinics, and national hotlines for pet poisoning. Keep this handy, together with the poisoning kit, and keep your Morkie safe.

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.


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

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