Potential Causes and What to Do About Them: Why Do Dogs Shake Their Heads?

Head shaking, ears flapping, collar jangling — you probably see your dog doing this at least once a day. But is there any reason for this behavior?

Or should you be concerned? Why do dogs shake their heads?

Why do Dogs Shake their Heads? 3 Common Reasons

1. Dislodging an Object in Their Ear 2. Loosening Up in the Morning 3. Playing or Feeling Excited

8 Causes for Concern in Head-Shaking Behavior


Ear Infection

An ear infection is the most frequent issue that causes excessive head-shaking in dogs. These infections can occur in the outer, middle, or inner ear canal.


Ear Mites

This health problem is uncommon in adult dogs and is more often seen in puppies, especially if they come from crowded living conditions.


Itchiness Due to Allergies

Dogs can have allergic reactions to something in their food or environment. This can cause itchy skin in their ears, which may be the reason why your dog is shaking its head so often.

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