Dog care: dogs love routine

Dog care: dogs love routine

Good dog care includes a consistent and reliable routine for your Morkie. Routine makes dogs feel secure and comfortable to know what’s coming up next. But just how tight should that schedule be?

Although most Morkies aren’t food-driven, they do like to know when chow’s on. 

Feeding twice a day for adult Morkies works well; in the early morning and then around our own dinner time. Some people prefer to leave food out all day, so their dog can eat on demand. If your Morkie isn’t a little piggy, that works too. Other people prefer to feed their dog at a certain time: 

A dog that eats on schedule, poops on schedule.

In scheduling a routine, don’t forget time for regular exercise, training and play.

What do dogs do all day? If you guess “sleep” you’re probably right. Here’s how their day adds up: small periods of activity, lounging around, and sleeping:

 

 

No need to overdo the schedule!

A routine is one thing, but your own life will be miserable if you try and stick to it too closely.

Scheduling your Morkie’s meals at roughly the same time each day is an anchor; then fill in with time for a walk, playing, grooming and training.

How about sleep?

You can’t schedule sleep, since dogs can fall into a deep slumber for a short time, then wake up active and alert. Depending on your Morkie’s age, daily activity, physical shape and some other factors, he probably sleeps about half the day, in small chunks of time. Some dogs will sleep even more, and puppies need about 18 hours a day of sleep.

Dogs sleep more than we do, and they also wake up more often.

One theory why dogs sleep so much is this: humans sleep for a long stretch, and fall into REM (Rapid Eye Movement) or deep sleep, about 25% of the time. Dogs on the other hand, only experience restful, deep REM sleep about 10% of the time. So they need more total sleep to get the deep rest they need.

Working dogs sleep less

Strangely, dogs who are active, such as guide dogs or search-and-rescue breeds, sleep less than couch potato pups. 

While we can oversleep if we’re bored, a dog does the opposite. The bored dog will stay awake, and probably get into trouble, chewing and destroying things around the house.

Dogs can easily adjust their sleeping patterns, to be wide awake if something is going on, otherwise they can fall into a deep sleep quickly.

When are dogs most active?

Most are energetic in the morning; then they will nap and sleep or be awake but inactive. They usually  have another spurt of energy in the early evening. In a day, dogs are active about 20% of the time, or around 4 hours in total.

A dog's typical day

  • 6:00 to 7:00 am – RISE AND SHINE. Time to pee soon after waking. Take your dog outside if that’s the training choice you’ve made, or direct him to his pee pads.
  • 7:30 am – around this time, your Morkie is ready for his first meal
  • 8:00 am – This is a great time for a walk, since dogs have lots of energy in the morning.
  • 10:00 to 12:00 pm – Back to sleep.. Zzzzz
  • noon time: play, have a grooming session or some training.
  • early afternoon: napping
  • 4:00 pm – any time now, your Morkie is ready for another meal, and then some playtime.
  • 7:00 pm – an evening walk
  • 8:00 to 10:00 pm – another walk, some play time and some zzzzzs
  • 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm – your Morkie is probably ready to bed down for the night.

What about your Morkie? Does he like a regular routine?

Summer Dangers Part 1: cookouts and parties

Summer Dangers Part 1: cookouts and parties

Hot cars are not the only danger for dogs in the summer. Another one you might not think of, is hot BBQ grills.

Smelling something tasty, dogs of all sizes will sometimes get under the BBQ grill, where they can get hit by hot fat. Or, a heated veggie basket or other cooking utensil gets left on the side table, still burning hot. When your Morkie goes to lick it, he gets a serious burn.

 

Certain summer foods and plants are deadly for Morkies

Lots of things we like to eat in the summer can make your Morkie very sick, even deadly ill. These include raisins and grapes. Experts don’t know exactly why, but it seems there is something in grapes that can make them highly toxic. it could be the pesticide used on grapes, fungal infections in the fruit or some mysterious chemical reaction.  It is interesting that reports of illness after eating grapes or raisins didn’t hit the radar at places like the ASPCA until 2001. So were grapes safer in 90s? We don’t know, but given the deadly side effects some dogs can experience, it’s not worth experimenting to find out.

Not every dog is affected by grapes and raisins the same way. Some might get into grapes or raisins and be fine, but don’t risk it.

 

Help! My Morkie ate some raisins

dog poisoning

As few as 7 grapes or raisins can be fatal for your small dog. If your Morkie has ingested one or more in the past 2 hours, the best thing you can do in this case, is get your Morkie to vomit. Right away. But how?

 

Assemble and keep a dog poisoning kit. To get your Morkie to vomit, you will need:

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

 

DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE SHEET HERE

 

More foods to avoid

  • avocados

    marijuana leaf

    Medical or not, your dog should never ingest marijuana or food with marijuana in it. Dogs react very differently.

  • garlic
  • milk – not poisonous exactly but can lead to diarrhea and vomiting
  • onion
  • chocolate
  • alcohol including beer, wine and hard liquor
  • fatty meats or trimming from meat – can cause pancreatitis
  • bacon, ham

Remember always provide plenty of cold water, shade outdoors.

Never, ever leave your Morkie in a parked car.

 

Dog Care: 7 Links for Morkie Lovers

Dog Care: 7 Links for Morkie Lovers

Want some dog care information on your Morkie?

Here are 7 sites – each focused on small dog breeds. 

adorable black and tan morkie

1.  Animal Planet’s special section on Small Dogs   Videos, quizzes, articles, photos and more. Topics are meaty and include subjects like 10 Nicknames That Won’t Embarrass Your Small Dog and Best Small Dog Travel Gear.

2. Wiki-How – How to care for a small dog.  Three-part practical advice on small dogs, including feeding, medical care and more.

3.  Dogster.com – “for the love of dog”  An extensive website that’s focused on quality information; advocating for dogs; promoting adoption; and providing solid advice from experts and experienced pet parents alike, to help us all be better pet-parents. First rate site!

small dog care

4.  WebMD for Pets – the same great WebMD site people rely on, has an animal site where you can find out answers to literally thousands of questions. The Healthy Dogs Guide includes:

  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Behavior & Training
  • Puppy Care
  • Preventive Care
  • Common Conditions
  • Expert Q&As

5.  VetStreet.com – a site dedicated to helping you keep your pets healthy and happy. Articles, blogs and posts are written by  leading veterinarians, professional journalists, and animal health experts. 

Morkie puppy after a bath

6. PetPlace.com similarly, has vet-written or vet-approved articles (more than 15,000!) They claim to be the “largest and most complete source of pet information available anywhere,” and they sprinkle that knowledge base liberally with lots of fun and heartwarming dog and cat stories.

7. DogTime.com – another site for, as they say, PetCrazies!  A rich site, with plenty of expert advice and recommendations, news and stories. Good focus on adoption.

 

adorable morkie puppy

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