Dogs shaking off after a bath is probably the most commonly known shake, but dogs actually shake for all sorts of reasons - and not just to get dry! A dog's shake can be a sign of excitement, fear, or even cold weather. An excited dog will often shake his entire body, from head to tail, as a way of releasing energy. A dog who is afraid may also shake, though his shaking will usually be limited to his head, and his body will be tense. And finally, a dog who is cold will often shake in an attempt to generate heat. So next time you see your dog shaking, take a moment to figure out what might be causing it - it could tell you a lot about how he's feeling.
Shaking is not always a sign of something serious, but it can be. If your dog is shaking for an extended period of time or seems to be in pain, take them to the vet. Some potential causes of shaking include anxiety, fear, and pain. Anxiety and fear are often caused by loud noises or sudden movements. Pain can be caused by injuries, arthritis, or even just getting old. If your dog is shaking because of anxiety or fear, try to remove them from the situation that is causing it. If they are shaking because of pain, take them to the vet to get checked out.
So, why is your dog shaking? There are lots of reasons - some that you can easily fix and others that may require the help of a professional. But don't worry, we're here to help you figure it out. Keep an eye on your pup and their behavior and if you still can't determine the cause after trying to troubleshoot, give us a call. We'd be more than happy to help!