Potential Causes and What to Do About 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?

If your pet is constantly shaking its head, there may be an underlying issue causing the behavior. This post covers some common reasons for head-shaking behavior that you don’t need to worry about.


Dislodging an Object in Their Ear

Since pooches don’t have opposable thumbs, head shaking is the easiest way to get rid of an object that is stuck in their ear.


Loosening Up in the Morning

Just like humans tend to stretch in the morning when first getting out of bed, your pet may just be shaking its head to loosen up.


Playing or Feeling Excited

Sometimes when dogs are playing with a favorite toy or when they see a person they really like, they will get very excited.


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

Ear mites are microscopically small and live in a dog’s ear canal. This causes irritation for the dog which leads to a lot of head shaking.

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