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Shaking: Why Does Your Dog Does It?

Have you ever noticed your furry friend give themselves a good shake? While it might seem like a funny quirk, there are actually many reasons why dogs shake their fur. In this post, we’ll explore some of the most common causes of canine shaking, and what you can do to help your pup if they’re experiencing this behavior.

Medical Causes of Shaking:

  • Pain: If your dog is shaking in one particular area, it could be a sign of pain or discomfort. Playful shimmy after playtime? Likely just a pulled muscle, like that time they leaped onto the couch like Spider-Dog. Persistent shaking isn’t to be taken lightly, as it might be a sign of a serious chronic condition like arthritis.
  • Seizures: Uncontrollable shaking and disorientation are red flags for canine seizures. Don’t hesitate – rush your furry friend to the vet right away! Every second counts.
  • Neurological diseases: While playful shivers and post-bath tremors are normal canine occurrences, persistent or unusual shaking can sometimes hint at more concerning issues. In some cases, these shakes could be a red flag for a neurological disease. Neurological diseases, such as cerebellar ataxia with its distinctive tremors and wobbly gait, can be behind your dog’s shaking. In some cases, even generalized tremors without a specific diagnosis might point to neurological issues. These issues can disrupt the delicate communication between your dog’s brain and nervous system, leading to involuntary muscle movements. If your furry friend’s shaking seems out of the ordinary, like persistent tremors, shaking even when resting, or accompanied by other symptoms like dizziness or disorientation, it’s crucial to err on the side of caution and seek veterinary advice promptly.

Behavioral Causes of Shaking:

  • Excitement: Remember how your pup loses themselves in a pre-playtime tremor? As PetMD puts it, “dogs often shake when they’re excited,” a harmless expression of their exuberant anticipation.
  • Fear or anxiety: Imagine venturing into a bustling alien land where everything is unfamiliar and overwhelming. That’s what new situations and strangers can feel like for some dogs. When confronted by these anxieties, some pups might resort to shaking as a way to cope with the emotional overload.
  • Stress: Just like us, dogs thrive on routine and predictability. Disruptions like separation anxiety, loud noises, or even changes in their daily walk time can trigger stress, sending tremors through their furry bodies.

When to Shake a Leg (to the Vet)

If your dog is shaking excessively or you’re concerned about the underlying cause, it’s always best to consult with a veterinarian. Veterinarians can offer guidance on how to manage it and rule out any medical conditions caused by behavioral factors.

How Tailored Pet Services Dog Training Can Help:

If your dog’s shaking is due to behavioral causes, such as fear, anxiety, or stress, professional dog training can be a valuable tool. At Tailored Pet Services, our experienced trainers can help your dog overcome these challenges and develop coping mechanisms for dealing with stressful situations. We offer a variety of training programs that are tailored to your dog’s individual needs, and we can help you create a calm and positive environment for your furry friend.

Click here to learn more about Tailored Pet Services dog training and how we can help your dog overcome shaking due to behavioral causes.