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From: Callie (
Subject:         various reasons
Date: August 12, 2009 at 3:27 pm PST

In Reply to: why do dogs shake?!?!?!?!?! posted by gloria on August 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm:

I think various reasons. Remember they have hair all over their bodies -- and just like you or I can get hair that has blown the wrong direction, or is stuck or maybe poking something -- a shake frees that.

My holistic vet (who also does chiropractic) says that sometimes when dogs "shake" it is almost like a little mini "re-boot" that neurally just puts things back in place and centers them.

I do know that often, after she works on them, they will stand up and give a little shake and then lie down and go to sleep. I think it's a settling thing.

Not sure anyone has ever developed a definitive answer -- I think sometimes it just "works". It settles the coat back in the direction it should go.

That being said -- with my pug, when she shakes it almost sounds like a 'flutter' and I *know* for her it is to settle her coat into something more comfortable.

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