Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

The Miniature Schnauzer is a smallest dog in the Schnauzer breed and originated in the mid-to-late 19th Century from Germany. The Miniature Schnauzer is a cross between the Standard Schnauzer and other smaller breeds such as the Poodle. A miniature Schnauzer is a spunky, but aloof dog who does things their own way. They tend to be good guard dogs without the tendency to bite.
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Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby MAMF » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:16 pm

Millie does it all the time. Not a shake like she is nervous or cold just when she gets up, shakes her whole body rigidly for about 2-3 seconds then gets on with life.

She might do it again a few minutes later.

Why do they do this?
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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby angieh » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:29 pm

If it's the type of shaking that I think you mean, Monty does it too - he does it when he comes out of his crate, stretches and then has a good shake which is quite understandable in my book. But he does it at other times too, like during a recall race in training, loses seconds and the race too of course! We thought it was his harness but it does just the same without it on.
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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby stacyr » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:32 pm

Mine shake after they've had a bit of a play fight, apparently its something to do with "thats how you know they are playing". Charlie does a big stretch of his front legs then a big stretch of his back legs are he's had a lay down, funny little things arent they
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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby MAMF » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:32 pm

stacyr wrote:, funny little things arent they


Not arf.

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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby Caramomo » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:17 pm

Now this is probably not the reason for the first thing shake but some of the others are likely stress shakes. Dogs shake to release stress - be it from concentrating (during training), unpleasantness (when they have had their nails trimmed), tension (stand off with another dog) or high excitement (after play), these are all forms of stress to a dog and so it shakes to relieve this, almost like it is shaking the stress out of it's fur. Then he can easily go and have a snooze!
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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby richardwillett » Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:34 am

Isla does this shake as well my mother in law thought it may be down to an ear infection but they seem fine ,she manly does her shakes whilst on a walk
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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby carolinh » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:35 am

When Daisy shakes she starts at the head and it works it's way down to her tail, so by the end her head is still while her bum finishes it's shake. Funny to watch...do they all do it the same?

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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby Guinevere » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:57 pm

we were at an agil;ity show and doing quite well till we reached the tunnel (material one) Arthur emerged and stood shaking all over as if to say brrrrr I'm out now. Needless to say we didn't win :))

Do you think the morning one could be to wake themselves up a bit. When I used to work nights I used to give my head a good shake to try and keep awake sometimes
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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby Gryff-Nessasmum » Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:15 pm

We call it a Shimmy-Shake, because it ripples down Gryff's body from the head through to the end of the tail. Sometimes the tail's best avoiding as it's like a little whip!

Gryff will shake after waking up, excitement through play or interaction with other dogs.

When we go for the 'Schnauzer walks' it's great to watch the other dogs and see all the similar Schnauzer traits they have, including their expressions. It's one thing to read about them on the forum, but when you get a group together it's so interesting to see the similarities.
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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby jaybo33 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:01 pm

Beau shakes every time we walk in a shop. Never fails.Im saying dont do it, PLEASE dont do it, but she does. This happens in any and every shop so cant think of any reason why this happens. But she always walks in the vets with her head held high and no problem with shaking at all wich I think is amazing with what she has been through in there. this is not a nervous shake more like a getting out of the river after a swim shake.
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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby pepsidog » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:49 pm

Pepsi always does his 'four paws off the floor' body shake after a hair cut! sending hair bits flying everywhere.

Schnauzers may not shed hairs around the house but the pepsi shake distributes them quite effectively after a trim.

My own fault for triming him in the Lounge watching tv!!!
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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby mummysnoo » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:52 am

carolinh wrote:When Daisy shakes she starts at the head and it works it's way down to her tail, so by the end her head is still while her bum finishes it's shake. Funny to watch...do they all do it the same?

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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby Dinkum » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:27 am

Rupert is exactly the same. He does his Mexican Wave shake when waking up from a long sleep. It is really funny to watch as even his paws shake and it looks like he is floating.
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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby MAMF » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:33 pm

The other night the wife brought up Millie's bed for her to sleep in, in our room.

02:16 - Shakey shake shake.

03:41 - Shakey shake shake.

08:18 - Shakey shake shake.

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Re: Why do Schnauzers shake when they get up?

Postby Guinevere » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:27 pm

MAMF wrote:The other night the wife brought up Millie's bed for her to sleep in, in our room.

02:16 - Shakey shake shake.

03:41 - Shakey shake shake.

08:18 - Shakey shake shake.

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Ha ha looks like she will be relogated to downstairs
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