Welcome. Does he do it for a short period after waking or for an extended time? Possibly a real heavy sleeper that takes a while to fully wake. Both of our guys twitch and shake and run in there sleep. Rather comical to watch. If you have any doubt I would be off to the vet just for a piece of mind.
I would have it checked....Since it is an older dog you can probably rule out Distemper which does cause the tic's. But there are other issues like Lyme Disease and Lepto as well as general neuro issues......This is a good one to have checked out....Most dogs will jerk, twitch and tic while sleeping, but they should not do it while fully awake......
Thanks JessiesMom, I'm not the one with this particular dog in question. One of the young guys that works for us has this boxer and asked if I knew anything of this sort and told him I would research but in the mean time for him to wait until further symptoms show before spending lots of money at a vet. He stated that it starts in her sleep and they wake her and she is coherent but continues to shake uncontrollable for a while. Yes it could be nervous system, early sign of seizure, etc. but until she loses control of her bladder, unstable on her legs I think he is safe in waiting to take her to the vet. Don't you think????
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Karlee's Mom in So. CA