Shake It Off – Why Do Dogs Shake Their Bodies

Shake it off!

Why do dogs shake their bodies?

It’s all in the head!

The reason why dogs shake their bodies is because they are not used to being awake. They have been sleeping through most of the day and then waking up at night to go out hunting or play with other puppies. When they wake up, they feel like they need to move around. So, the next time you see your dog shaking its body, it means that he/she is excited or happy.

How long does it last?

A few seconds…a minute…an hour…a day! (I don’t think so! I’ve seen my dog shake for hours!)

Dogs shake their bodies for different reasons:

To show excitement or happiness. To express affection towards another person. To show pain or fear. To communicate with others.

For fun! (They just love to jump up and down)

If you want to know how to stop your dog from shaking his body, read on!

Make sure your dog is comfortable

Your dog shakes his body because he feels happy or excited. So, if your dog is a big wuss who shakes at the sight of a fly, you need to make sure that he is comfortable and has no reason to be afraid.

Does your dog have access to a safe area where he can go shake his body and feel secure?

Make sure that he has something (or someone) to protect him from external threats.

Provide him shelter and warmth during cold weather. Keep him cool during hot weather. Also, make sure you have a well-balanced and nutritious diet for him. (And don’t forget the snacks!)

If you think he is well taken care of, move on to the next point!

Play with your dog

Play is a great way to get rid of extra energy. If your dog is energetic, play with him as much as you possibly can. You can play fetch, tug-of-war, hide-and-seek, or anything else your dog likes.

If you don’t have time to play, hire someone to do it for you! There are people who make a living by going to other people’s houses to play with dogs. It might be expensive but your dog will definitely like it if he gets to spend a lot of time playing with another dog.

Also, make sure you don’t over-exercise your dog. You wouldn’t want him to get tired before the fun even begins!

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Teach your dog to channel his energy

If your dog is energetic, he needs to learn how to channel his energy appropriately. The following are some ways of doing this:

If your dog tends to be hyperactive, teach him how to calm down on command. A well-trained dog is a pleasure to be around. A poorly-trained dog…well, you get the idea.

If your dog likes to jump on people, teach him how to greet people appropriately. You can also teach him a variety of tricks that will keep him occupied so he won’t have the time or motivation to get himself into trouble.

If your dog tends to eat things that he shouldn’t, it’s your fault for not training him properly. You should keep him on a leash or otherwise keep him confined so he doesn’t wander off and eat your shoes or the garbage, for example.


Dogs tend to shake their bodies when they are experiencing overwhelming emotions. Some dogs are calmer than others, but even the most chill dog has probably shaken his body at one point in his life.

Dogs shake their bodies when…

They are happy. They are scared. They are confused. They are feeling unwell.

They are excited to see you.

If your dog is shaking his body a lot, the best thing you can do is figure out what is going on with him emotionally and address the situation appropriately. If you don’t know why your dog is shaking his body, take him to the vet. It could be a serious problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Do you have any experience with a dog who shakes a lot? What was the cause of it?

Let us know in the comments section!

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Happy Shaking!

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