When Dog Shaking, Shivering, Panting or Clinging is Normal

You may find your dog shaking and acting weird all of a sudden at some time, your dog may even start throwing up or not eating at all.

Don’t fret yet, most dog owners have probably seen their dog shivering and not eating at some point.

Dogs shaking and vomiting can be caused by tens of factors, in some cases, you don’t need to worry, while in other times, you need to visit a vet doctor.


What should you do if your Dog is Shaking?

If your dog is acting scared and clingy all of a sudden, note that shaking in dogs can be normal and is usually not a cause for concern.

However, when you notice the dog is shaking or getting scared to play around, vomiting, or rejecting foods, then it could be symptoms of serious illnesses.

What you need to do is to watch the trembling of your dog, and also note if the dog is quivering back legs or the front leg shakes while sitting or sleeping.

Study the dog carefully and check how often the shivering occurs, how long the dog panics, at what times he trembles, and the location.

If the fear is noticeably long or occurs very often, or if you find anything else unusual about it, you should see a veterinarian, especially when your dog is not old.

How to handle fearful dogs


Reasons your Dog is Shaking and No need to worry

There are tens of reasons your dog can become suddenly afraid, or start shaking, panting, shivering, or clinging, but in most situations, they are just the dog’s normal behavior.


Normal Dog behavior

Your dog can be trembling and panting and won’t leave your side if he sees something that scares him – This is a normal dog behavior.

Shivering, to some extent is natural dog behavior and is normal in certain situations like the following.


  • Muscle tremors after exercise

Shaking is not uncommon in dogs after a long walk or frolic. The muscles then relax after the physical exertion and stress are relieved. However, the shaking should stop after a few minutes.


  • Dogs tremble when dreaming

While sleeping, dogs process the day’s experiences and reduce tension and stress.

This can lead to muscle twitching and tremors, especially when dreaming intensely, and is completely normal.


  • Tremors in response to cold

Another reason dogs shiver is cold. Dogs, like humans, react to this with tremors. This is supposed to control body temperature.

Small dogs are often affected by shivering from the cold because they get cold very easily since their fur is not full yet. Therefore, suitable dog clothing can be useful in the winter.


  • Tremors in old dogs

Older dogs are more prone to muscle twitching and are therefore more likely to tremble than young dogs.

This is one of the signs of aging in dogs and in most cases it is completely normal.


  • Emotional triggers for the tremors

Emotions can also be a trigger for dog tremors. This includes both joy and fear.

If the dog feels happy because of maybe food or a visit of a longtime known friend, it expresses this in addition to other behaviors such as wagging its tail by trembling – This is how positive tension is relieved.


  • Dog trembles in the mouth

When dogs chatter their teeth, i.e. the mouth trembles, there can be various reasons.

On the one hand, the dog uses it to absorb smells. This often happens, especially in the context of mating behavior, when males are looking for a female or have thundered a bitch in heat.