Dog is making a weird coughing sound?

So, my dog is a 6 year old miniature poodle.
LateIy he has been making this weird, loud sound. It sounds kinda like HACK! It happens at random times. But most often when he is barking or jumping around when I play with him. He also has a little bit of a runny nose. But the stuff coming out is clear and there is little of it.

His food and water bowl are regularly cleaned and his water bowl is always full, so I don’t think its dehydration.
I take him for walks about 3-4 times a day. The walks are probably about 30 minutes in length. When it snows and rains I put a jacket on him. His fur is not too short right now either. I haven’t been to the dog park since the spring of 2010. And when I walk by dogs I don’t stop to let him sniff or play unless its my best friends dog but they haven’t seen each other since the summer. He’s been staying at home and hasn’t been in kennels or boarding places or anything like that at all.
So I don’t think its kennel cough.
At first I thought that it was just like a normal cold and it would go away in a couple of weeks. But it hasn’t gone away. I think he’s had this HACK cough for almost 3 weeks now.
Like I said, it doesn’t come very often. Like maybe 4 times a day. And when it does there’s no heavy weezing or anything its just.
So, what’ do you guys think this is? I think that I’m going to go to the vet soon.. but what do you think it is?
Thanks for the answers you guys. I made him a warm jacket 100% real wool with a zipper and it covers his neck. I’m going to have him wear it for the rest of this winter.
I noticed that he’s not as playful as before and his nose is getting a little more runny.
I’m walking him for 10 min instead of 30 for now.
I’ll see how he’s doing 🙂

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    2 Responses to “Dog is making a weird coughing sound?”

    1. Ashley W says:

      reverse sneezing perhaps?

      Go on youtube and look up reverse sneezing dog see if it sounds like what your dog is doing.
      If so go to the vet.

      And if not I would still head to the vet its been going on for the past 3 weeks? It could be an infection of some sort

    2. dlovely15 says:

      hmm for 6 years old that seems sort of odd my dog was around 2 yrs old and he had that cough, took him to the vet and they gave him a syrup form of medicine and we gave him that and he got better it shouldnt be anything too serious then again animals are like humans too so it could be the cold weather? lol hope all goes well for the dog.

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