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Q: is it common for Miniature pinchers to shake a lot?

December 9, 2009 | By Chicharronecz | 5 answers | Expired: 1798 days ago

Chicharronecz

Hi, I have a miniature pincher who is almost one year old. I was wondering is it common for minpins to shake a lot? He is very in very good shape, very slim, not underweight but no extra pounds either. I know with no extra pounds and not much hair they are not very protected in winter times. But even at home when I don't think is very cold in the house sometimes he shakes a lot. Well, he does like worm, he hides in blankets. We have sweater for him. But he doesn't wear it at home. I woder if somebody who have minpin could give me an opinion but looking forward to hearing from everybody. Thank you ;-)

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Jillian
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Dec 09, 2009

i use to pet sit for two min pins and at times, they would shake.
try putting her sweater on her at home. min pins are more sensitive to the cold than we all have different tolerances. i could be in a room full of people who all agree on it being a comfortable temperature and i'm freezing b/c i don't retain heat very well. min pins are small, slender, thin coated dogs so there's nothing there to really help regulate their temps.
one of the min pins i use to sit for was a nervous little dog, which is why he shook. many small dogs share this problem. their heightened sense of hearing allows them to hear things we may not and sometimes those sounds put them on guard, and sometimes it's common things we overlook that make them uncomfortable. your dog is still very young and b/c of her breed, there's also a good chance she's still hesitantly learning about the world. if her shaking isn't due to the cold, you may want to try to desensitize her to whatever may be bothering her. when she starts to shake, astutely try to figure out what it's from. listen hard and be very aware of what's going on at that moment. you may never know, but try to provide a distraction for her each time this happens. avoid telling her it's okay or picking her up. instead, act like nothings happening and do something you know is sure to get her attention in a way that won't reinforce there being anything to fear. you could go open the back door if that sparks her interest or walk to another room if you think she'll follow. you could even pick up one of her toys and play w/it, ignoring her and not offering it to her until she's forgotten whats bothering her.

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Mary C.
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Dec 09, 2009

I have an Italian Greyhound that is like that also, the little short haired breeds do tend to do that. Mine burrows in the blankets too but even when it's not cold and he is around other people he shakes, probly anxiety, they are high strung and always seem to be nervous. Nothing to worry about, just the way the breed is.

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DevilDawg
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Dec 09, 2009

I don't have a min pin, but you may want to try a jersey like fabric tee shirt on him. We used to have a small terrier mix that was always shaking until we bought the tee shirts for her to wear indoors. She tolerated that very well and the shaking stopped. Hope that helps.

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PCS
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PCS

Dec 09, 2009

I have a min pin, and she doesnt temble at all. she is excersized alot though -- it could be your dogs high metabolism making its way out the only way it knows how to.

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