6 Causes Of Chihuahua Shaking? Symptoms + Best Way To Stop The Shake

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A chihuahua shaking can trouble a new dog owner, triggering him/her to search for help, only to discover that nothing is wrong with the dog.

Chihuahua shaking is a common thing in the dog world and is not tied to an underlying illness. Chihuahuas shake and quiver more than other types of dogs. This could be caused by environmental factors or other factors related to the dog. So, why do they act this way? Let’s check every possible cause of your dog’s behavior.

Why is my chihuahua shaking?

Your chihuahua may shake and shiver for the following reasons: excitement, anxiety, low blood sugar, cold, old age, and a possible allergic reaction. On the other hand, these, on the other hand, are manageable and not life-threatening conditions in most cases.


Excitement for dogs is mostly centered around treats. Your little dog will shake uncontrollably when it sees you walking towards a treat jar, or when you are about to hand them bones. This is a regular occurrence and doesn’t need any medical attention.

I am so joyous each time I see my bulldog shaking in excitement, as he happens to be laid back most of the time (a psychological issue I am trying to work on). As much as it’s awesome to hand treats out, you should be careful of overfeeding your dogs. They could become obese and you’ll end up causing a more serious problem for the dog.

Aside from the excitement of treats, you’ll also notice your chihuahua shaking with excitement each time you take them to a dog park. I usually tell my dog “dog park.” That’s the end. He’ll keep shaking, and if I’m still sitting, he’ll be touching my leg with his paw. How lovely!


Anxiety can lead to shaking. If you’re going to be out of the house for a long time, you may want to consider giving your dog to a friend or relative. Anxiety will not only make your dog shake, but it’ll also trigger destructive acts like tearing the sofa, tearing any shoe insight, and a whole lot more.

If your dog has probably done what they know you’ll be angry about, like eating something you didn’t give them or pooping in the wrong place, they’ll naturally stay in a corner, shaking in anticipation of what you’ll do to them. We advise you never to beat or punish your dog. You could affect the way it integrates with other people and dogs. Plus, you’ll be developing behavioral problems.

You will also find your chi-dog shaking if you introduce a bigger dog to the house or if your dog sees a bigger dog. Large dogs could trigger fright, which could lead to your chihuahua shaking. You’ll experience a funny moment of your chihuahua barking, yet moving back as quickly as possible.

Low blood sugar levels

Hypoglycemia is a common illness associated with Chi-dogs Over 10 percent of these dog breeds will suffer from low blood sugar, which can lead to seizures and sometimes death.

What are the signs of low blood sugar in Chihuahua? Lack of energy: Your always-excited dog will appear to be sluggish and uninterested. Hypoglycemia will almost always result in a chi-pup shaking.

If your dog has low blood sugar, is that the end? No way! It’s easy to treat as you need to spread out their meals. If you feed them twice a day, you could spread it out to five times a day. Always keep a bottle of water and sugar handy. If you notice the signs, you could get some down their throats.


A cold is a common cause of chihuahua shaking. These little angles weigh 2–5 pounds at most. They are regarded to be one of the smallest dog breeds. Their size has naturally made them more susceptible to colds. A chihuahua shaking during a cold is a way of aiding blood flow through their body to avoid a situation where their body loses heat faster than they can produce heat.

Your dog cannot speak out, so it is up to you to notice when the cold wants to finish off your cuties. I have a female friend who owns a chihuahua, and she complained a lot about her dog’s shaking. I advised her to get a heating pad and place it around the dog’s bed. Most of the time, this works and effects an immediate stop to the shaking chihuahua. A few other times it doesn’t work, then I refer her to other causes.

Other things that may help you treat your dog’s cold while keeping them warm include:

padding up their resting place with more blankets.

Keeping your dog dry (in an event where they go out in the rain or get wet accidentally)

Have them dressed up in a hoodie, sweater, or any thick covering.


If you notice your chihuahua shaking after eating a treat or after a meal, you may want to get your dog tested for allergies to determine the exact cause. Most of the time, allergies go away on their own, but in some other cases, the effect could be life-threatening.

If you notice a constant quiver after meals or treats, you should speak to a vet and get the best advice on what to do next.


Poisoning can get your chi-dog shaking. You may have accidentally poisoned your dog by feeding him what is edible to you but not to him. Examples include feeding your dog chocolate or anything that contains xylitol. You can read about our dangerous dog treats here.

Is your dog getting old?

Chihuahuas shaking only their legs may be due to old age, as the hind legs and front limbs may be weakening at this stage.

Further reading

You’ve been out to work since the morning. Did you just come back? Yay! A mad frenzy to welcome your arrival. Don’t worry, your dog is not epileptic. He is just so happy to see you.

How do I stop my chihuahua from shaking?

Except when it’s caused by a cold or allergies, you probably shouldn’t interfere with your dog’s shaking, as it’s natural to see a chihuahua shaking a lot for a lot of reasons we outlined above.

Why do small dogs tremble?

Small dogs quiver uncontrollably as they get cold more easily than bigger dogs. Small dogs will shake to aid even blood flow through their bodies, balancing their temperature, just as we humans shiver when we are cold.

Is it normal for puppies to shiver?

Shivering in puppies is commonly attributed to excitement. When excited, your puppy will display all manner of berserk behaviors, jumping, shaking terribly, barking, or even urinating. As scary as it may seem, your puppy is fine.

Should the chihuahua sleep with you?

If your chihuahua is shaking, it’s fine to allow them to sleep with you, provided you are sure your puppy is parasite-free and healthy. If you are an active sleeper, you may be worried about the worst, like you rolling over your dog.

Final thoughts on Chihuahua shaking

If you’ve crossed out the possible medical cause, there is usually not much to be worried about when you see your chihuahua shaking.

You should, however, be observant enough to tell when the cold-bitting temperature is killing your dog. When needed, provide warmth.

Do you feel we left out something? Ask us any questions in the comment section.


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