Why does my Morkie dog eat goose poop?

Why does my Morkie dog eat goose poop?

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

Canada Geese on grass

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

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

Health risks for your dog of eating goose poop include:

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

These risks can mean diarrhea in dogs.

 

Yes you could catch it too

Human Campylobacter infection happens for people if we:

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

About Canada Geese

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

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

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

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

Miracle on the Hudson

How to stop your Morkie from eating goose poop

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

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

Banner photo credit: ottawak9school,

Tiffany Haddish and her Celeb Morkie

Tiffany Haddish and her Celeb Morkie

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

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




Who doesn't love a Morkie!

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

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

See Tiffany Haddish on People TV with her Morkie Sleeper

Famous Morkie Owners

Ashley Tisdale

Blake Lively

Drake

Jann Arden

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

And some more….

Kevin Jonas

Marnie Stern

Susan Sarandon

Perez Hilton

Steve Tyler

See their photos here

Who does this!!?? STOLEN MORKIE!

Who does this!!?? STOLEN MORKIE!

Teddy, an 11-year-old Maltese and Yorkie mix, is blind and needs life saving diabetes medication. His owner says time is running out.

“He now has missed four shots. He’s in dire need of his medication and he needs constant water,” said his owner, Tara Cameron Harris.

Police believe Heather Ryan, 48, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is the thief.

Teddy was taken from the Petco store on Legacy Drive, The Palm Beach Gardensm Florida, around 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, just minutes before Harris’ family arrived to pick him up from grooming.

Meet the suspect, HEATHER RYAN, 48, of Palm Beach Gardens

 

Police are looking for Heather Ryan, 48, of Palm Beach Gardens.

It is believed that Ryan may be in Broward County as her personal belongings were found abandoned at the Cypress Creek Tri-Rail Station.

Stolen Morkie is blind and diabetic and can’t survive long without his medications.

More details here at WPTV

Contact Palm Beach Gardens Police if you have any information




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.

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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.

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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.)

 

 

 

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Yorkshire Terrier on pillow

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