We communicate with our words and facial expressions - dogs communicate with their entire body. So as dog owners, it's important to know what message they're trying to send us. Today we're taking a closer look at why dogs shake and what they might be trying to tell us.

A quick way to dry off their fur!

After a swim or bath, your dog's first instinct is to shake off all that water! You might wonder why they do that - how effective could that really be? Turns out, when your dog shakes, they can remove up to 70% of the water from their body! Who needs a towel? A big shake will work just fine.

wet dog shaking

Possible ear problems...

If you notice excessive head shaking, your dog might be trying to tell you there's some discomfort in their ears. Any dog can get an ear infection, but certain breeds are more prone to them, such as Cocker Spaniels, Basset Hounds, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers. If you are noticing a lot of head shaking, set up an appointment with your vet to have it checked it.

Luckily, ear infections can easily be avoided by drying your dog's ears after they've been swimming or after a bath.

shaking dog

They're a little stressed out.

If none of the above apply, your dog might just be a little stressed out! You may notice nervous shaking when you take your dog to the vet for example - but don't worry, this is totally normal and nothing to be too concerned about. A big shake helps to relieve any tension they're feeling.

Some dogs will also shake after you hug them - don't feel too bad about it though, most dogs don't really like hugs! You can use this response to determine what things your dog might not like and avoid potentially stressful situations.

dog shaking head