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Old 21-09-2009, 12:15
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Recently had to move back home, and my parents JR is fast asleep next to me, but he has this awful thing where he constantly shivers, like really violently.

Imagine that dog on the advert they got rid of with the shivering dog and thats him.

It just really disturbs me because it makes me think he's cold (which he's not) or he's unhappy (obviously cant judge that one but cant think of anything that would be making him sad)

Is it just normal behaviour for JR's or is there something else in it.
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Old 21-09-2009, 12:22
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I wouldn't worry about it,our jack is frightened of his own shadow.
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Old 21-09-2009, 16:23
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We call it dithering. Our last russell Jade did this all the time and the looks we got when little old ladies saw her you would have sworn we were maltreating her. We now have a Parson Russel called Barney and he does exactly the same. I wouldn't worry I think this is just one of these things that russells do.
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Old 21-09-2009, 16:26
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Dogs can also shake with any intense emotion be it eager excitement, fear, anxiety or even fury.
However lots of small terriers just do this, particularly as they get older so I wouldn't worry, it's a terrier thing, like many of them will periodically carry a paw, often a back one, for a few steps for no reason, just because they're terriers
Old dogs of various breeds can also do it for no particular reason, like old people can get trembly.
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Old 21-09-2009, 17:04
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Dogs can also shake with any intense emotion be it eager excitement, fear, anxiety or even fury.
However lots of small terriers just do this, particularly as they get older so I wouldn't worry, it's a terrier thing, like many of them will periodically carry a paw, often a back one, for a few steps for no reason, just because they're terriers
Old dogs of various breeds can also do it for no particular reason, like old people can get trembly.
Our dog has started to do that aswell.
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Old 21-09-2009, 17:29
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Confusion can also cause shaking.
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Old 21-09-2009, 20:50
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Some dogs look like they are shivering when their muscles are relaxing.
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Old 21-09-2009, 21:14
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Well, shiver me timbers!

Our Wheaten terrier does the shivering and the limpy thing. I thought it was just her because she's a terrible wuss.
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Old 21-09-2009, 21:18
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I have a Westie and he gets what we call 'the jitteries'. He'll be sitting beside you nice and relaxed when he'll suddenly jump! Frightens the heart out of me and sometimes it looks like he is having a fit. Found out recently its a fairly common thing!
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Old 22-09-2009, 07:55
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My Yorkie Cross does it when we go out in the car, I'm never sure if its because he doesn't like the car, or he is excited because he knows he is probably going for a long walk somewhere.

Maybe its a mixture of the two?
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Old 22-09-2009, 09:04
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Thankyou everyone, its put my mind at rest. He does it when he's fast asleep as well as when he can see his food being made up (guess that one is excitement) He's 4 in a couple of weeks but I lived elsewhere until July of this year, so haven't really spent a long period of time with him, and so it was upsetting me. Am glad he is ok.

He does the hoppy thing with his feet when he's out for a walk as well

Heres a pic of him asleep on his back last night, loved the expression on his face and couldnt resist taking a pic
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i1...e/ABCD0016.jpg
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Old 22-09-2009, 10:41
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Heres a pic of him asleep on his back last night, loved the expression on his face and couldnt resist taking a pic
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i1...e/ABCD0016.jpg
LMFAO ..... that has literally made me laugh out loud. What a fantastically funny photo. Thank you for making my day

I would love a Jack Russell. I was going to get one about 3yrs ago, but then another dog came into my life. My neighbour (about 3 doors away) is a dog breeder, and when he was out one day the puppies escaped.

I ran into the street to help herd them up, and this little long legged ginger thing lept into my arms. It was love at first sight. I paid the man his money ..... and she has been with me ever since. Here she is in her winter jumper (she has barely any fur and gets very chilly in the winter):-

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y16..._walk_0091.jpg
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Old 22-09-2009, 10:43
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Aw bless her!

The photo made me giggle a lot too, i've put it as the wallpaper on my phone, might put it on a few other forums too.
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Old 22-09-2009, 11:59
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Thankyou everyone, its put my mind at rest. He does it when he's fast asleep as well as when he can see his food being made up (guess that one is excitement) He's 4 in a couple of weeks but I lived elsewhere until July of this year, so haven't really spent a long period of time with him, and so it was upsetting me. Am glad he is ok.

He does the hoppy thing with his feet when he's out for a walk as well

Heres a pic of him asleep on his back last night, loved the expression on his face and couldnt resist taking a pic
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i1...e/ABCD0016.jpg

Brilliant.
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Old 22-09-2009, 15:56
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I think the hopping thing is cos these breeds are prone to their kneecaps slipping out of place a little so they hop till it goes back in. I'm sure I've seen it on TV. Could be wrong tho, if so I'm sure I'll be corrected
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Old 22-09-2009, 15:59
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I think the hopping thing is cos these breeds are prone to their kneecaps slipping out of place a little so they hop till it goes back in. I'm sure I've seen it on TV. Could be wrong tho, if so I'm sure I'll be corrected
I've had two small terriers with that problem. Two vets told me that it does happen with small terriers and it's usually nothing to worry about.

Anyone who notices this in their dog should make a special effort to keep the dog's weight normal as being overweight can make the problem worse - resulting in the need for surgery.
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Old 22-09-2009, 16:02
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LMFAO ..... that has literally made me laugh out loud. What a fantastically funny photo. Thank you for making my day

I would love a Jack Russell. I was going to get one about 3yrs ago, but then another dog came into my life. My neighbour (about 3 doors away) is a dog breeder, and when he was out one day the puppies escaped.

I ran into the street to help herd them up, and this little long legged ginger thing lept into my arms. It was love at first sight. I paid the man his money ..... and she has been with me ever since. Here she is in her winter jumper (she has barely any fur and gets very chilly in the winter):-

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y16..._walk_0091.jpg
Thankyou everyone, its put my mind at rest. He does it when he's fast asleep as well as when he can see his food being made up (guess that one is excitement) He's 4 in a couple of weeks but I lived elsewhere until July of this year, so haven't really spent a long period of time with him, and so it was upsetting me. Am glad he is ok.

He does the hoppy thing with his feet when he's out for a walk as well

Heres a pic of him asleep on his back last night, loved the expression on his face and couldnt resist taking a pic
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i1...e/ABCD0016.jpg
Oh guys!! What fab piccies!! You are very lucky!
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Old 22-09-2009, 18:01
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I think the hopping thing is cos these breeds are prone to their kneecaps slipping out of place a little so they hop till it goes back in. I'm sure I've seen it on TV. Could be wrong tho, if so I'm sure I'll be corrected
That can be a different thing and many small breeds that aren't terriers can be prone to luxating patellas.
The majority of terriers that do it do not have that problem, although there can be some overlap of the two.
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Old 22-09-2009, 19:57
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Heres a pic of him asleep on his back last night, loved the expression on his face and couldnt resist taking a pic
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i1...e/ABCD0016.jpg
Fantastic picture!! I laughed out loud and even the OH did and he's sick of me showing him pics of doggies off t'internet
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Old 22-09-2009, 20:59
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Thankyou everyone, its put my mind at rest. He does it when he's fast asleep as well as when he can see his food being made up (guess that one is excitement) He's 4 in a couple of weeks but I lived elsewhere until July of this year, so haven't really spent a long period of time with him, and so it was upsetting me. Am glad he is ok.

He does the hoppy thing with his feet when he's out for a walk as well

Heres a pic of him asleep on his back last night, loved the expression on his face and couldnt resist taking a pic
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i1...e/ABCD0016.jpg
LOL that pic is a hoot!He looks like our 12 yr old jack.She also hops and shivers a lot,she's afraid of everything from other dogs to hamsters!a poor excuse for a dog really bless her!Our 14 yr old is like a little old man and almost human!He's a lot slower on his feet these days,but soon moves for
kebabs or choclate!naughty i know but it's never done him any harm.Our russells our part of the family and always great fun
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Old 22-09-2009, 21:13
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Is it just normal behaviour for JR's or is there something else in it.
a chihuahua is giving him a knee trembler
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Old 22-09-2009, 21:56
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Heres a pic of him asleep on his back last night, loved the expression on his face and couldnt resist taking a pic
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i1...e/ABCD0016.jpg
seriously that is just a brilliant picture i just burst out laughing when i opened the link and i had been having a shit day so thank you

btw my 17 an half yr old shih tzu terrier cross is sound asleep but every now and then she shakes about i'm glad to hear its not too unusual ...i put it down her reliving her puppyhood in her dreams
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Old 22-09-2009, 22:00
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Im glad i've made so many people smile today, no really I am. I keep clicking on it myself and grinning again
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Old 22-09-2009, 22:14
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Im glad i've made so many people smile today, no really I am. I keep clicking on it myself and grinning again
well it cheered me up no end!

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Old 22-09-2009, 22:24
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My mum's Jack Russell quivers like mad at almost anything. Fear (thunder, hoovers, hangliders, fireworkds, wheelchairs etc) and excitement (my dad walking into the room, me going home, seeing the moon or a hedgehog etc) both cause to shake uncontrollably for ages.
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