Dog Shaking Himself

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Norman M. Schwartz:
My dog, a 120 lb. Rottie, is a big "huggy". After I finish hugging him, (which I often do), he shakes himself vigorously. After a hugging session during a check-up at the Vet's office, and he displayed this behavior, the doc stated he wants to make sure nothing flew off of you and onto him (jokingly, I hope). My question is how many dog owners experience this same shaking ritual, and do you think this is some "instinctive" behavior to guard against what my Vet suggested?
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Rocky:
"Norman M. Schwartz" (Email Removed) said in
[nq:1]My question is how many dog owners experience this same shaking ritual,[/nq]
My dogs shake for a huge number of reasons - probably more for fixing their hair when they turn around or settling their collars after they're put on than as part of a ritual. Let's not even get into wet and muddy shakes. I suspect that such things can turn into a ritual, though.
[nq:1]and do you think this is some "instinctive" behavior to guard against what my Vet suggested?[/nq]
Nope.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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Anonymous:
disagr=C9=C9 with jerry, the dog is shaking due to autonomic reflex respose due to divine ebergy passing through him, or his coat is perhaps a tiny bit wet, =C9tc.
there is no need for correction, as the dog is normal, =C9,nd you are very kind to ask about your lovery dog. it shows that you are a lovibg and caring own=C9r!
=C9,
isis
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kate:
[nq:2]My question is how many dog owners experience this same shaking ritual,[/nq]
[nq:1]My dogs shake for a huge number of reasons - probably more for fixing their hair when they turn around ... Let's not even get into wet and muddy shakes. I suspect that such things can turn into a ritual, though.[/nq]
I read recently that the shaking is a form of stretching/re-aligning themselves. (And of course, getting the collar settled.)

Kate
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FurPaw:
[nq:1]I read recently that the shaking is a form of stretching/re-aligning themselves. (And of course, getting the collar settled.)[/nq]
I don't know what it's for, but I sure wish I could do it the way my dogs do - starting at the head, ending with the butt, with a few leg shakes thrown in for good measure. It looks like it really feels good! (Having ears that flap would of course help with the overall effect.)
FurPaw

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Anonymous:
shaking is caused by too much vanilla ice cream. it would be more prudent to vary the variety of the dog's ice cream ****,s perhaps chocolate or any other flavour than vanilla will help, as the same same gets tiring for **** dogs and after allaht, variety is the spice of life.
jery, hiv ya seen barberella lately, she is working too HARD at the secretarial job she has, or whatever she does, but i think she is also wanting a different variety of ice cream like me, i like it both ways either or, cuz i am a show dog after all!
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Rocky:
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[nq:1]I don't know what it's for, but I sure wish I could do it the way my dogs do - starting at the head, ending with the butt, with a few leg shakes thrown in for good measure.[/nq]
Apropos shaking. While washing a dog and noticing the beginning of a very wet shake, grasp the back of the neck. If you grasp the point at which the shake begins, you're now wet.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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Rocky:
[nq:1]If you grasp the point at which the shake begins, you're now wet.[/nq]
Sigh. If you grasp the point at which you think the shake begins, etc.
Some friends grab their dog by the tail nexus to stop him flinging water. They're all wet.

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Robin Nuttall:
[nq:2]If you grasp the point at which the shake begins, you're now wet.[/nq]
[nq:1]Sigh. If you grasp the point at which you think the shake begins, etc.[/nq]
Yep. Grab the withers right at the base of the neck. That will stop a shake.
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