Why Dogs Shake Their Head When They Wake Up

A dog’s morning routine is a lot like ours. They may start off with a large yawn, a long stretch, and a bit of shaking from their whole body. You might be wondering why some dogs like to shake their head when they wake up. Here are some of the most common reasons why.

They Are Just Loosening Up

Dogs may shake their head and body as soon as they wake up in order to loosen up. They’ve been in the same stationary position for an extended period of time so it’s only natural that they do some body shaking to stretch the muscles out. The stretching and shaking could be viewed as an instinctive behavior to get their bodies warmed up.

Your Dog Has an Ear Infection

If your dog is shaking his head throughout the whole day and not just when he wakes up then there could be a likelihood of an ear infection. The itchiness and discomfort that’s ringing in his ear would cause the dog to his head often. This could be more apparent when the dog wakes up.

Aside from an ear infection, there might have also been some debris or irritant that entered the dog’s ears while he was asleep. You might want to do a quick inspection of the dog’s inner ear to make sure there isn’t anything inside that shouldn’t be there.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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