Should my dog sleep in my bed?

Should my dog sleep in my bed?

Should your Morkie sleep in your bed? Pet parents are split on this one – just over half of us let our dogs share our beds. What are the pros and cons of sharing your sleep space with your pup?

In just two generations, dogs have gone from sleeping out in the barn (or garage) to sharing our beds in more than 50% of households. How did they make that leap? And is it a good idea to share your bed with your pets? A look at the pros and cons, plus everything you need to know about canine sleep!

Dogs have slept with people for tens of thousands of years since we all huddled ’round the fire watching for saber tooth lions. Wait, wasn’t that the Flintstones? 

In any case, dogs in sleeping areas have served two basic purposes for many centuries: warmth and guardianship.  Even the smallest Morkie will let out some fierce barking if she senses an intruder.


Oh oh! 13% of couples with dogs admitted in a study that they argue about whether or not the dog should be allowed in bed.

Pros and cons: Dogs in your bed

For the YES side

√  There’s no real scientific evidence that your sleep quality is worse with a dog in the bed. Good sleep efficiency is pegged at 80% and studies have shown that a dog in your bed doesn’t really reduce that score. In some cases, it can edge it up a few points.

√  As long as you’re both healthy, scientists say it’s perfectly safe.

√  “This is my baby! Why would he sleep on the floor?!”

√  Suffer from insomnia? A dog’s rhythmic breathing can help YOU fall asleep.

√  Dogs can give us a sense of protection, regardless of their size.

√  Cesar Millan, the star of the reality TV show “The Dog Whisperer” thinks it’s just a matter of personal preference. However, inviting the dog onto the bed can help confirm your role as pack leader, he says. Just don’t let the dog think it’s HIS bed or you’ll have real dominance problems.

√  It’s universal. From ancient times to today, in virtually every country in the world, there are dog owners who wouldn’t have it any other way: the dog stays in the bed.

For the NOs

×  It has to be mutual and unanimous; if one partner doesn’t want a dog in the bed, you can bet sleep will indeed be interrupted.

×  Young children, the elderly or adults with any kind of comprised immune system shouldn’t share, says Dr. Bruno Chomel, a professor in the department of veterinary medicine at the University of California. Dr. Chomel has studied the relationship between having pets in the bedroom and increased rates of Pasteurella infection, ringworm and even bubonic plague, which can be transmitted by fleas. “Our conclusion was, we strongly do not recommend this practice.”

×  Some psychiatrists see the dog as an impediment to intimacy. Who gets the snuggles? Your Morkie or your partner?

×  Your Morkie doesn’t shed but he can still carry allergens in from outside, and have dust on his fur. If you’ve got allergies, it’s obviously not a good idea to have them right in your face.

×  Once you start, you can never stop. Try changing sleeping places with a dog who’s been in your bed for a few weeks, let alone years. Forget it!

For the undecided… a healthy compromise?

Dogs sleeping in your room, just not your bed.

A study from the Mayo Clinic compared adults who slept with a dog in their bed, and elsewhere in the bedroom.

Thanks to motion-tracking devices, sleep monitors and personal stories it seems that having a dog in the bedroom died’ necessarily compromise sleep quality.

80% sleep efficiency is considered good

  • People with dogs in the room – 83%, so slightly above good.
  • People with dogs in the bedroom – still hit 80%, so there haters-of-dogs-in-bed!

Everything you need to know about how dogs sleep

Want to read more about how much dogs sleep, stages of their sleep and lots more – check out the Sleep Institute’s extensive info here.

And what about the dog’s point of view? Does he like sleeping in your bed?

Oh yes, there’s no doubt a dog loves to get into bed with his human. It’s instinctual and part of being in a pack. But more than that, sleeping with people means an excellent vantage point. A raised bed gives the dog a good view of potential danger. Other reasons dogs love it:

  • warmth
  • a better bed (let’s face it your dog’s bed may be deluxe memory foam, but it’s not a Perfect Sleeper 🙂
  • company – what dog doesn’t want company 24/7
  • great smells!


True or False?

Dogs sleeping in our bed is a bad idea.

True… ish. Dogs could disturb our sleep and they could pass along rare cross-over germs. But overall, dog lovers agree: it’s all worth it.

Two big dangers for Morkies at Easter

Two big dangers for Morkies at Easter

Bosley the Labradoodle is lucky he wasn’t sicker than he was after eating 4 big chocolate Easter Eggs.

Bosley the Labradoodle is lucky to be alive. Yesterday when the family was out, he got into the closet where Easter treats were stashed. And he ate four chocolate eggs.

Luckily the owners arrived home minutes later and acted quickly.

Susanna started to put together a concoction to make Bosley throw up while the dad, David, called the Emergency Vet line.


Need to make your dog throw up?

Just mix one part of water to one part 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Give your dog one teaspoon (5 ml) per 10 pounds of body weight.

If he hasn’t thrown up after a couple of minutes, repeat, up to three times in total. An eye dropper can help you get the solution right back into his mouth so he swallows it.

Be sure and check some of the restrictions here.

Why is chocolate so bad for dogs?

Chocolate contains something called Theobromine. Scientists don’t know exactly why, but it makes dogs very sick. The better the chocolate, the darker it is, and the worse it can be for your dog.  

Similar to caffeine and nicotine in its structure, theobromine is the ingredient in dark chocolates and cocoas that gives it that bitter edge. We humans tolerate it just fine, but it can be deadly for some dogs. 

In fact, just a single square of Baker’s Chocolate square could kill a small dog like a Morkie. 

In the human body, moderate amounts of theobromine give us a real buzz. It widens blood vessels, stimulates the heart, and acts like a diuretic. But in larger quantities, theobromine isn’t quite so medicinal. (It would take about 1,900 miniature Hershey’s chocolate bars to off a small person according to Science Alert.)

So, dogs can't eat chocolate?

What makes chocolate so dangerous for dogs?

Different Levels of Danger

Ironically our desire to ‘eat healthy’ with DARK chocolate makes it worse since dark chocolate contains more theobromine than regular chocolate.  All chocolate also contains caffeine, which is very bad for dogs, but the theobromine is the biggest culprit. 

Read more Easter Safety Tips for your pets and keep your Morkie safe.

After chocolate, the second danger?

Running away.

The second big danger at Easter, or any other holiday entertaining time, is your Morkie getting out and running away.

Holidays often bring more noise and commotion, new people in your home and the front door opening and closing lots. It’s the perfect chance for your little dog to slip out the door and run away. You might not even notice your Morkie is gone at first.

If your Morkie does run off, don’t panic. Take someone else with you and methodically walk your neighborhood, while another person watches the phone. 

Read more:

Best dog poop bags

Best dog poop bags

Yes even our darling Morkies poop, so we need poop bags if we’ve taught our Morkie to go outside.

Lots of us scrounge around for a used grocery bag, but they’re getting rarer these days, not to mention thinner! Plus they don’t degrade in a landfill like the best dog poop bags.

What makes for a good dog poop bag, and are some brands better than others?

What makes for a great poop bag?

  • It’s gotta be sturdy enough, durable and reliable.
  • The poop bag should be fast and easy to dispense.
  • No pinholes that grow into unfortunate tears.
  • The stock should be reasonably new since biodegradable stuff doesn’t last forever on store shelves like Twinkies do.
  • And of course, there’s no point spending more than necessary.

Biodegradable, compostable or flushable?

Poop bags are available with features like:

  • scent
  • special colors and designs
  • handles
  • a free scoop
  • in a mitten shape to fit your hand
  • with dispensers that clip on a leash or your belt
  • bags that can be safely flushed

Yikes! Is it just me or is this the most ridiculous idea ever? A torturous looking device is clipped on the dog’s tail, holding a bag tight to his rectum. When the dog poops, the bag collects the results. The owner pops the bag off with another special device, seals it and puts a new one on.

piqapoo dog waste bags

Update on poop bags from

YIKES! Writer Elisabeth Geier has some important insights into biodegradable poop bags — many are NOT what they say. Read more.

You gotta be kidding!!!! #[email protected]!!


stepping in dog poop

Yes, there are STILL some people who DON'T pick up

Hard to believe in this age of doorbell cameras, and surveillance on every corner, but there are some people who prefer to poop and pretend (it never happened) instead of poop and scoop. 

The problem is, even a tiny dog like a Morkie can generate plenty of noxious germs, bacteria, and pathogens including E.coli and salmonella.

It’s not like cow fertilizer that can be aged a bit then put to good use in a veggie garden. Dog waste, made up of so much protein, is so strong it can actually burn your grass, not make it grow.

And then there are those parasites. Your Morkie doesn’t necessarily have worms, but if he doesn’t, they don’t just die because they’re now living on the grass or sidewalk. They can actually live in the soil for years, passing along to other animals and to people.

Top ranked dog poop bags

Buying in Bulk

Set it and forget it. Order the basic poop bag, in BULK. Here are the best deals in quality bags and plenty of ’em.

AmazonBasics Dog Waste Bags

With dispenser and leash clip. $14.00 for 900 at

Gorilla Supply Pet Poop Bags

With a free dispenser. $14.74 for 1,000 at

Anbers Dog Waste Bags, Poop Bags

Includes 2 dispensers. 1,200 for $16.67 at

Specialized dog poop bags

With features for your every need. 

OUT! Dog Waste Pickup Bags

OUT! Dog Waste Pickup Bags

Larger, rainbow color bags. With freed dispenser. 750 for $20.49 at

Pogi’s Poop Bags with Easy-Tie Handles

Large, earth-friendly bags with handles. 900 bags for $35.99 at

PetLoft Environment-Friendly Poop Bags

Tissue-style dispensing design stays neat. Lemon-scented. 600 for $17.95 at


In Trumpworld, everyone’s a dog. So why not get orange Donald Trump Dog Poop Bags, from Woof Woof Pets.

Donald Trump Dog Poop Bags – Woof Woof Pets

In classic orange of course! 60 bags for $9.99 from

Donald Trump Dog Toy

How about a Donald Trump dog toy? At, along with Putin dog chew toy, Hilary and Bill and the whole gang!

Mutt Mitt Dog Waste Pick Up Bag

Thick 2-ply construction. Each mitt is 13″ x 9″ 200 for $22.40 from


Solar LIGHT N’ Dog Bag Dispenser

Accent light for your yard when mounted on a fence or staked in the ground. Conveniently dispenses doggie waste bags.
$18.95 at

Can dog poop be composted?

Can dog poop be composted?

We’re doing better than ever composting food and yard waste. But what about dog poop? Is it ok to put dog poop in the compost pile? Not really, and here’s why.

Only 28% of Americans compost their food waste


According to a study by the National Waste & Recycling Association, 72% of us don’t compost our food because it’s just too damn inconvenient. However, many more of us would compost food waste if it were easier.

On the other hand, composting yard waste has increased five-fold since 1990, great news.

There’s nothing better than thick, rich, loamy compost right from your own backyard. Gardeners LOVE it!

Dogs love compost too

For a Morkie the compost pile in your backyard, or bin under the sink, is a delicious enticement. It’s like a big bouquet of lovely scents.

But, compost can be really bad for our pets because it often contains lots of molds, even toxic mold.

As foods rot, the mold that occurs can produce compounds called mycotoxins. These compounds are great in penicillin but are highly poisonous to both humans and animals.

Is it ok to put dog poop in the compost bin or pile?

It sounds like a great idea; after all, we recycle a LOT of stuff. But unfortunately, your pet’s poop cannot go in the compost pile, bin or green box.

That’s because pet wastes contain parasites that must be killed by high heat; it takes a constant temperature of 165° F (73° C) for at least 5 days in a row to kill off parasites. This won’t happen in home composting.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Dog Waste In Compost: Why You Should Avoid Composting Dog Waste

So what IS the best way to get rid of dog poop?

Poop & scoop & flush


First of all, do pick it up!  It’s pretty nasty to leave dog poop in public places and even in your own yard. Plus, leaving poop to ‘fade away’ has environmental problems:


When dog poop is just left lying around, it’s eventually carried directly into waterways, by stormwater. There, it causes bacterial contamination. It’s nitrogen-rich so it depletes oxygen levels, hurting fish and other wildlife.

If you don’t want it to end up in a landfill site, despite biodegradable poop bags, then:

  • Poop and scoop
  • Flush the poop.


The best, safest and easiest way to dispose of doggy do-do?

But wait. You CAN compost doggy do, the right way.

Dog waste shouldn’t end up in septic tank systems, or in our already-overwhelmed landfill sites say some people.

When done right, composted dog poop can become a vital nutrient that will improve your yard and trees. It’s far superior to chemical fertilizer that you pay good money for.

After all, when you have a dog, there’s no shortage of poop!

Do something constructive

You can read details here about making your own dog poop composter in your yard.

More info here.

And from Dr. David Suzuki, disposing of dog poop the green way.


Mold found naturally in ANY composting, is a health threat to our dogs. More here.

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A warning from the Pet Poison Hotline

After an unseasonably warm winter, many gardens and yards around the country are growing and blossoming well ahead of schedule. Outdoor enthusiasts who are also pet owners are delighted with the early onset of spring, enjoying their outdoor living spaces while watching their pets run and play. The veterinary and toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline would like to keep pets safe this spring and summer by informing pet owners of potentially harmful substances, flowers and plants that are dangerous to dogs and cats.

Keep composting materials — all types — away from your pets.

Many of the calls that we receive at Pet Poison Helpline this time of year involve pet ingestions of yard and garden products that may have harmful chemicals or ingredients,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “Additional yard-related emergencies involve pets that have dug into and ingested the contents of compost piles, or consumed various plants and flowers that can be poisonous.” 

From The Pet Poison Hotline:

Protecting Pets from Poisons in the Yard and Garden

Half housebroken: the joy of potty training dogs

Half housebroken: the joy of potty training dogs

Potty training dogs – especially small dogs – isn’t much fun. You think your dog is trained to go on her pee pads. But suddenly she’s also going all over the house. Why!!!! Because potty training dogs is really hard.

You’ve picked one method only – great!

The good news is, it sounds like you’re already using one training method only – the pee pads. That’s great because nothing confuses a dog more than two different potty methods: going inside on papers some of the time and then outside other times.

“Am I hard to potty train?”

Morkie adult morkies

Morkies and Potty Training

Like their Yorkie and Maltese parents, Morkies are smart, loving and appealing. But, they CAN be stubborn and hard to housetrain. They don’t respond well to typical ‘no no no!’ kind of training. Not that you’re beating her with a newspaper; no yelling, no hitting, no violence at all of course.  Yorkies, Morkies, and Maltese don’t respond well to strong discipline.  But at the same time, the #1 thing Morkies want to do, is to make you happy.

You must establish a leader-follower relationship. Your Morkie would probably love to be the alpha, (it’s the Yorkie side) but on the other hand, she doesn’t know what to do as the alpha dog or leader.

Luckily, there’s a more powerful force you can leverage: more than anything your Morkie craves your attention.  And that attention can be good or bad, it’s all attention.

First, some Quick Tips

  • use the right cleaner on mistakes and get them right away. A cleaner based on enzymes works best because it really removes the smell. Ammonia-based cleaners, on the other hand, can actually encourage your Morkie to go again, since they can smell like pee.
  • when you’re out, or too busy at home to keep a close eye on her, seclude her in her kennel cage or in her own ‘mini-room.’ A mini room is a small area such as a bathroom, where your dog has a bed, water and food and pee pads that are a couple of feet away from everything else. The room shouldn’t be too big, just big enough to hold what she needs.
  • try and keep an eye on her as she wanders through the house until she is consistently trained.
  • and of course, encourage her to use her pee pads upon waking in the morning; before and after a nap; after eating or drinking.

What’s a mini room?

A small space that you’ve dedicated to your Morkie.

It includes a bed, maybe her small kennel cage, toys, food and fresh water and puppy pads.

your dog's mini room

Negative and positive reinforcement and how it works

Now the core of the problem… you can solve the problem AND leverage your Morkie’s desire to please you, with positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement.

It took me a while to get my head around exactly what this means, but here it is in a nutshell:

  • positive reinforcement is ADDING something your dog wants
  • negative reinforcement is TAKING AWAY something your dog wants

What you want to change: she uses pee pads but has mistakes all over the house too.

The problem: unless you catch her in the act, there’s not a lot of point in ‘correcting’ her later. She won’t know what you’re talking about, and will be confused and stressed at your displeasure.

When your Morkie does the right thing

When you see your Morkie going on her pads, give her effusive praise and even a treat. Let her know how happy you are, with a phrase like “good potty on pee pad” in a funny, sing-song kind of voice.

This is POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT because you’ve ADDED what your dog wants: your love and approval, plus a treat.

good go potty. good

Your Magic Phrase

Your magic phrase: always use some cue word or phrase like go potty, go outside or do your business when it is time for her to go to the bathroom.

Whatever you choose as your phrase, make sure you and everyone in the family uses the same phrase or word, all the time.
When she goes on her pads, praise her with the same phrase (adding good) up front, in a sing-song voice.

Now, you can also use negative reinforcement. How?

Ideally, you can catch her in the act of going in the wrong place… but don’t worry if you can’t.

Approach the pee/poop mistake (she’ll likely follow you) and frown, sigh and look unhappy. But don’t shout. Don’t use her name. In fact, don’t even look at her. Clean the mess up fast, then leave the room and completely ignore her.

Now you’re TAKING AWAY something she WANTS – your love and approval.

Keep ignoring her completely. Ideally, move away from where she is and go into another room. After 5 minutes or so, resume your normal behavior with your dog and give her attention again.

Here’s how it works if you were correcting excessive barking:


Never shout or yell at your dog for making a mistake – it will just cause her to run and hide to go pee or poo. That makes everything more frustrating all ’round.

Cleaning up messes

About the cleaner you’ll use when accidents happen, and they will happen — don’t use anything with an ammonia base. It smells too much like pee and could encourage your Morkie to go again!

Instead, go for an enzyme-based cleaner, such as “Skout’s Honor” which you can get at

A cleaner that has an enzyme in it will do the best job of removing the odors. (Because enzymes are living organisms, choose and store your products carefully. You don’t want to let them freeze or get too hot or sit around in storage too long, which could kill the enzymes and make the product much less effective.)

“Skout’s Honor” has products for every situation, such as their SKOUT’S HONOR Professional Strength Urine Destroyer Carpet Pad Penetrator. There’s even a patio cleaner and cleaners for safe use on indoor flooring.

skouts honor enzyme cleaner

available at amazon

The 4 mistakes dog owners make

1.  They call their dog over and then berate him, yell at him or try to ‘correct’ what he’s done wrong. Next time, do you think the dog will obey and come to you?

2. You’re “with your dog” but you’re not with your dog. Someone’s trying to text you; you’re worried about work or you’ve had some bad news about your health. 

3. When you set aside some time and attention for your Morkie then give her that time and attention 100%. More quality and less quantity does the trick every time.

4. To make your dog understand what you want, you approach it another way. You try something else. All that does is confuse and stress your dog. Get your tactics lined up and stick with them. Consistency and patience WILL pay off.

How to get a dog to stop barking – even a Morkie

How to get a dog to stop barking – even a Morkie

Going insane wondering how to get a dog to stop barking? Is that dog the Morkie in your life? Dogs bark for many different reasons, depending on the circumstances and their state of mind.  Let’s take a  look, and see if we can get a MORKIE to stop barking 🙂

Who barks more? The Yorkie or the Maltese?

Yorkies: born to bark

Even though they’re officially “Toy Dogs” Yorkies are also part of the terrier family.

Terriers tend to be more aggressive than many other groups which makes sense — they were bred to chase down rodents and vermin. Terriers were bred to bark. It’s part of their heritage.

They also tend to be smarter, more loyal and yes, louder!

Maltese: trained to bark

Maltese, on the other hand, are not terriers, and so don’t have that same strong, built-in desire to bark.

However, they were bred as luxurious lapdogs and one of their functions was to warn ladies of the court when someone was coming or going. Maltese will bark in those circumstances.

Just ring the doorbell and watch a Maltese dog go crazy.

And the Morkie? Yup, probably a barker too

 Morkie adult morkies

Top 10 Barkers: Breeds that bark the most

  1. Shelties
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Miniature Pinscher
  4. Beagle
  5. Pomeranian
  6. Jack Russell Terrier
  7. Dachshund
  8. American Foxhound
  9. Miniature Schnauzer
  10. Basset Hound

Yorkies & Maltese aren’t the worst and not the best when it comes to barking a lot.

Top 10 Quietest Dogs:  Breeds that don’t bark much

  1. Pug
  2. Great Dane
  3. Basenji
  4. Whippet
  5. Bernese Mountain Dog
  6. Borzoi
  7. Chinese Shar-Pei
  8. Collie
  9. Italian Greyhound
  10. Newfoundland

Good news: you CAN reduce excessive barking

You can address excessive barking patience and over time.  The principle is pretty simple:

1. reward good behavior (no barking!)

2. completely ignore the barking dog.

Don’t punish barking or start to shout at your Morkie. YOU shouting simply escalates the barking. Plus to a dog, scolding is better than no attention at all.

Negative and Positive Reinforcement

The bad old days of whacking your dog on the head with a newspaper for peeing in the house, are long over. Instead, trainers today encourage positive and negative reinforcement.

How it works

I found this principle confusing and it took me a while to get my head around it so I hope this will help you get there faster.

Negative reinforcement means to take something away that is valued by the dog. That could be a toy, a treat or your attention. Your message is, “keep doing this behavior and you will lose something you value.”

Positive reinforcement is just the opposite – it’s about adding something your dog wants, in exchange for the behavior YOU want.

Simply tossing out an atta-boy isn’t always enough, especially when you’re working to reinforce good behavior. Praise must be effusive – really over-the-top. A sing-song voice does hurt either, along with eye contact.

Even long after my dogs have cemented good behavior, I continue to give them plenty of praise. Every time one of them goes on her pee pads, I take a look and then sing out my utter delight: GOOD go on your pee pad; GOOD go on your pee pad! Most of the time, no one hears me, thank goodness!

Ignore the barking, or time out!

Professional dog trainers advise you to “actively ignore” barking by avoiding eye contact and not speaking to the dog. This conveys the message that you’re not impressed with the barking and that you’ll respond when it stops.

YOU take the time out, or go in another room, away from your dog’s company. He may follow, but you just ignore him. If he starts barking, remove yourself again and don’t say a word.

Believe it or not, within a short time the excessive barking will stop. If he starts right back up again – back to solitary!

After just a few repetitions of this cycle, your Morkie – a highly intelligent dog after all – will get the picture: over-the-top barking isn’t worth the price of losing your company.

And don’t forget to actively recognize no barking, repeating the phrase “good no bark” in a positive, sing-song voice. Do this whenever you catch your Morkie being quiet in a situation where he might be expected to bark.

Whether it’s excessive barking, chewing or peeing indoors, remember that all dogs want to please their people and so with the right guidance, your dog can and will do the right thing to be your perfect pet.

Attack the root of the problem with these solutions:

Try introducing more mental stimulation in your dog’s life:

  • clicker training.
  • puzzles (for example, find the treat under the cup).
  • indoor fetch – “get the toy.”
  • more and longer walks outdoors. A tired dog is happier and better adjusted.

Out all day at work? Consider a dog walker to reduce your dog’s stress and burn off energy. If your situation is suitable, a companion dog can keep your dog busy, and more dog-like instead of neurotic. Chances are, your Morkie will be too busy playing to be bored!

Give your dog the gift of attention – and lots of it. When you’re with your dog, be with your dog.

Positive and negative consequences

Once you understand dog process you’ll see that it’s all about consequences – positive and negative. Put another way, the best way to control your Morkie is through positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement.

A final word on barking

Don’t expect overnight miracles from a dog that’s been barking too much for months or even years.

It may take weeks or even several months to replace old habits with new.

Keep up with training and you will see a new pattern develop. Instead of barking relentlessly at the insignificant, your dog will bark appropriately and for a reasonable length of time.

Remember – don’t shout at him to stop barking since he may think that you are excited too and are joining in! This will make him bark even louder.

When all else fails, ask your Vet to recommend a behavior specialist who deals with barkers.

Check out this adorable Live Love Bark t-shirt


Not just a printed dog shirt, this one is embroidered with bright graphics. It’s just the thing for those little ones who won’t stop, can’t stop barking 🙂

See it here on Etsy align with a lot of other cute things from this vendor. 🙂



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