Reasons Why Do Dogs Shake When They Sleep

Much like humans, dogs exhibit a wide range of involuntary movements during their sleep. They can shake, tremble, and twitch for a variety of reasons.

Let’s explore the main reasons why your dog is shaking when asleep and see to what extent they can be serious.

They’re Having A Dream

Under normal circumstances, the main reason why your dog is shaking in its sleep is that they’re dreaming. Just like humans, dogs go through non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) stages of sleep.


They are Sick

Several medical conditions may cause a dog to shake or twitch. When they’re sick, dogs can feel discomfort and react badly to the illness.



They’re Cold

If your dog’s shaking looks more like trembling and shivering, they may feel cold. Usually, they will tuck their tail and curl themselves up into a furry ball when they’re chilly.


They are Having A Seizure

It’s not common for dogs to have seizures, but it’s definitely something you need to look out for. Seizures last longer than regular shaking and are typically characterized by stiff and rigid muscles.

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