I have had this recently with 2 pups. In both cases, even though it is idiopathic, I did enough playing around to determine that a chiropractic adjustment stopped the problem.
My current young boy has done it a couple of times and that has been due to tethering him on a leash in the agility barn - I should have used his harness. He gets excited and rushes to the end of his leash when Enid is working and gets pulled up short. That causes the more recent series of head tremors I had. As I said, I actually use VOM, but it is nonetheless a form of chiropractic adjustment in the neck that has worked for me. It doesn't do it for everyone.
I am personally also horrified when my dog does it and I run as fast as I can to cupboard to get 1/2 a granola bar - that also stops it for that incident, but won't prevent a recurrence.
Anyway, mine had been diagnosed as being idiopathic, but they are actually caused by physical temporary misalignment of the neck.
PS: a suggestion - put your pup's date of birth in your profile instead of his age. It shows 14 wks but you say 4 mths...
I updated the profile.
Sorry about that!
Where do I find a canine chiropractor [in the boonies] and what is "VOM"?
Odin's only walked with a collar *once* and that was hubby trying to 'teach him to heel' in a Home Depot, no less.
[usually he's in his figure-8 harness]
I pitched a public fit when I saw him nearly dragging Odin along [hubby is NOT
dog training savvy] and took the leash away from him immediately.
Could that one incident of what I consider spectacularly stupid
mishandling have triggered this?
He initially took the dog's leash from me because Odin was dragging me along by his harness, in his excitement of seeing all the wonderful new stuff in his world. I'd
much rather be dragged than have my baby's neck injured!
Even my Ibizans are lead about with harnesses rather than the martingale collars which contain their tags.
None of them are "pullers" but they have very thin, elegant and potentially fragile necks, should they suddenly see something that resembles "prey" and jerk the leash trying to "hunt it".
Now that's he's got his footing and a semblance of a desire to please, I intend to start training him to lead properly, if
it ever stops raining.
[He's only recently had his "3rd shot" and is just now going out into the world on foot so "puppy classes" have been out
of the question. I'd rather even wait until he's had 2 more Parvo-only shots before attending formal group
And to make it even more confusing, now I question what I saw.
He was laying front of a fan-forced heater which blows air onto the floor, where his head was laying.
He really hates anything blowing in his posted ears so now I wonder if he was reacting to the air blowing past his ears rather than having a tremor.
He'd stop it when he'd raise his head as I spoke to him and then soon do it some more after laying back down.
I don't know what
I saw for sure, now.....
Just to make the day even more "interesting", hubby told me the raw meat Odin and Gypsy ate this morning was "getting stinky" and he'd thrown it out.
[I have no sense of smell and fed it to them unknowingly]
I shoved probiotic caps down them both and hopefully that will minimize any stomach problems.
What a day.