March 15, 2008 "Ask Seth"

Will my dog outgrow its trembling and shaking or should I consult my vet?

Dear Seth,

My dog just turned one year old and she is always shivering seems to be really scared of everything...bags, books, you name it. I bought her a couple of soft squeaky toys and she loved them, but now when I try to play with her with these same toys, she runs and hides. I am becoming concerned about this behavior, and want to know if she will grow out of this or do you think she needs to see the Vet?

Thank You,



This is a tough one. First, I strongly recommend that you take her to your vet to discuss these issues. Your veterinarian will be able to determine whether or not this is a medical based issue or a behavioral issue. Secondly, your Vet will also know of behaviorists and trainers in your area that will be able to provide you with the best possible outcome. I think that this should be addressed sooner rather than later. I know that your dog can overcome this, possibly with sensitivity training strengthening the owner-dog bond between you to allow her to be less scared.

Seth Mayersohn, CVT

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