It is possible this is kennel cough. Typically there needs to be an exposure event--trip the groomers, dog park, shelter etc. Kennel cough is typically mild, self-limiting and has a goose-honking cough. However if your dog's cough does not resolve in 3-4 days, your dog stops eating/drinking, or becomes lethargic you need to have your dog examined by a veterinarian.
If your dog does not have an exposure history then I would have the dog examined by a veterinarian. There are other causes of coughing--pneumonia, heart disease, heartworm disease, or anatomical abnormalities.
Wheezing and coughing can have many causes. It could be an upper respiratory tract problem like kennel cough, tonsillitis, foreign body, abnormal growths, or tracheal collapse. It may be another respiratory problem like bronchitis, pneumonia, or asthma, or it may be due to a different cause like cardiac disease. You will need to take your animal to the vet to work out what the underlying cause is. They will do a full physical exam, ask some more questions about the history of the problem, and depending on the findings they may run some further tests.
Kennel cough is highly contagious and is caused by a number of viruses and bacteria. These agents survive well in the environment and may be passed on fomites (clothes, hands and other objects) as well as in the air. Your dog does not have to have direct contact with another dog to contract kennel cough. It can be enough to be walking in an area that a dog with kennel cough has been.
Since the cure is only an antibiotic it seems, I recommend you get the pup in first thing in the morning. They symptoms are hacking, retching, sneezing, snorting or gagging & in some cases they get fevers. Hope this helps, good luck.
I have a pomeranian...she does that quite often. I took her to the vet and they said that pomeranians typically have esophageal problems and that there is not much to do for it. They also told me that when dogs cough like that it could be a sign of heart murmur, which is usually more prevalent in smaller dogs. They said they can tell by listening to her heart, but I insisted they do a thoracic radiograph. She is fine...thank goodness. She just has that esophagus thing going on. If it persists, I would take the dog to the vet and have them listen to his heart.
Antibiotics are no good in the first stages of kennel cough at all! They are only of use if the dog gets an infection
Don't worry about my dog does that sometimes too. It does that if it has something stuck in it's throat or if it eats to much at once.
My dog is coughing first thing in the morning,should I take him the vet?