Your dog is most likely going to shake off as a way to get more comfortable both physically and psychologically. Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the reasons why your dog may seek this comfort so that you have a better idea of why your dog shakes off randomly.
To Stretch Out
Dogs sometimes shake it off as a way to finish off a stretching session. The shake-off could also precede the actual stretch.
The shaking gives them their coat the same relief that the actual stretch offers to their muscles and joints.
To Wake Up Fully
Do you know how you sometimes shake your head to wake yourself up when you catch yourself dozing off in the middle of a critical, time-sensitive project? Well, dogs may not have deadlines, but they also use the shake-off technique to reinvigorate themselves.
In these cases, the shaking off will be immediately or soon after they wake up from sleep or a short nap.
If your dog is bored and has an excess amount of energy to work out, they may randomly shake off as a way to entertain themselves.
This may be accompanied by other random behavior like pacing, chasing their own tails, and running around seemingly aimlessly.
Your pooch may also shake off as a way to say hello and express their excitement to see you again. This is very likely to happen with dogs that have very clingy personalities, in which case a quick errand run could seem like an eternity away from them.
To Dry Off
A common and easily-identifiable reason why your dog may shake off randomly is to dry off. Most dogs, even dogs that are comfortable in the water, do not like to get or stay wet.
Therefore, if their coat gets wet, they will immediately shake off to get rid of as much water as possible. This may happen whether the do was fully submerged in water or simply got one paw or ear lobe wet.
To Get Rid Of Foreign Objects On Coat
Finally, your dog could be shaking off to get foreign objects off its coat. This could be anything from dust to leaves that cause irritation to the dog’s skin.