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Why Do Dachshunds Shake? 4 Typical Reasons

Sarah Psaradelis

By Sarah Psaradelis

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Dachshunds tend to shake or quiver their bodies which can make it look like they are trembling. Many dog owners will assume that their Dachshund is cold, however, they can shake for many other reasons. Some Dachshunds will shake when they feel overly excited, almost as if their small bodies cannot contain their strong emotions. Dachshund shaking is quite common, and many Dachshund owners may wonder whether it is normal for their Dachshund to shake so much.

Let’s take a look at the four typical reasons your Dachshund is shaking.

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1. Fear or Anxiety

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Dachshunds are not normally fearful dogs, as they are naturally brave. However, some situations can cause your Dachshund to shake because they are overly anxious or fearful. If you have ever scolded your Dachshund, you might have noticed that they shake after being shouted at or reprimanded, mainly because they do not understand why you are so upset with them and use a harsh tone.

This can cause your Dachshund to shake from anxiety, and you may notice that their tail sits between their legs indicating that they are afraid and unsure. Some Dachshunds can also be fearful of loud noises like vacuums or thunderstorms, which can cause them to shake.

2. Excitement

Even though Dachshunds will shake because they are anxious or scared, they can also shake for the opposite reason. If your Dachshund is excited about a new guest, getting a treat, playing with you, or going on a walk, they will shake from excitement. A Dachshund who is shaking from excitement has a wagging tail and they might whine, jump, or lick you to show how they are feeling.

Dachshunds will also shake with excitement when they are waiting to get fed or receive a treat because they are so eager. Your Dachshund can also shake when they are waiting for you to come home, especially if you had a long day at work and they cannot wait to see you.

3. Cold

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The Dachshund has a short coat that does not provide them with much insulation during cold weather. This is a common reason for Dachshunds to shake, especially if they have been outside in cold temperatures, or gotten wet in the rain or snow.

Some Dachshund owners will even put a dog sweater on their Dachshund if they suspect the cold is the main reason behind their Dachshunds shaking. The shivering will usually stop once your Dachshund has been dried off and is warm indoors.

4. Possible Health Issues

Certain health conditions can make your Dachshund shake, such as focal seizures, excessive pain, arthritis, and many others. If you notice your Dachshund is acting unusual and is showing signs of possibly being ill, it is important to get them veterinary treatment. And, if ever in doubt, ask your vet.

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It is not uncommon for Dachshunds to shake, and they can do so if they feel anxious, scared, cold, excited, or want attention. However, some underlying health issues can cause a Dachshund to shake as a side effect so it is always a good idea to get your Dachshund regularly checked out by a veterinarian to rule out any serious reasons your Dachshund could be shaking.

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Sarah is residing in South Africa with her partner and pets. She currently is interested in veterinary science and ichthyology, which she wants to study alongside her main passion: pet content writing. Sarah has over 60 fish including goldfish, tropicals, shrimp, and snails. She also keeps hamsters and a tarantula and wishes to provide quality content for readers and allow others to learn from her knowledge and experience...Read more

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