3 Reasons Why Your Dog is Shaking and Staring at Wall

Is your dog looking really uncomfortable and nervous? Is he not doing anything apart from shaking and staring at the wall? There are number of reasons that may explain this sudden change in behavior, some of which may need immediate vet attention.

Your Dog Could be Having a Seizure

When we think of seizures, we often associate it with dramatic symptoms such as frothing and body convulsions. This isn’t always the case when dogs have a seizure. Sometimes, the symptoms can be a lot minor. For example, dogs with partial or focal seizures may end up shaking and staring at the wall from time to time.

Partial seizures in dogs can happen for a number of reasons, such as the presence of inflammatory diseases or infections, and tumors or traumatic brain injuries. If the shaking and wall staring isn’t a one-off then we strongly recommend you take your pet to the vet for a diagnosis.

Your Dog Has Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

This is specifically for older dogs. As dogs age, they become more prone to neuro-degenerative diseases such as cognitive dysfunction syndrome. This is typically viewed as the dog’s equivalent of human diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Dogs with cognitive dysfunction syndrome will gradually experience a decline in cognitive functions. It’s unfortunately a fairly common disease. According to AKC, about 28% of dogs aged 11 to 12 experience cognitive dysfunction syndrome.

In addition to the occasional shaking and wall staring, elderly dogs with this syndrome may also display other symptoms like changes in sleep habits and disregards for house-training rules.

There’s Something Behind the Walls

As spooky as this sounds, your dog’s behavior could end up being explained by an unknown presence behind the wall. For example, it could be the scurrying sounds of mice that’s bothering your dog. In this case, the good news is that it’s not a health-related issue that’s causing your dog to shake and stare at the wall. The bad news is that you will need to figure out what’s the entity behind the wall that’s freaking your dog out.

Whichever of these reasons it may be, we suggest you film your dog the next time he shakes and stares at the wall again. It will be an extremely helpful resource to show your vet should your dog need a diagnosis.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.


  • Kim Johnson | 30/11/2020

    Why is my dog running around the whole house broken suddenly. Just broken and running like hes chasing something also he wont sleep with me in my bed suddenly and he acts like there’s something in my mattress. He scratches breaks and steers. I can hardly snap him out of it it’s like hes in his own lil world.

  • sherie | 28/02/2022

    my dog does the same will not sleep on the bed anymore like shes afraid of something on the bed a spirit maybe Im not sure. but noiw it is effecting me

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