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Hi there, I have a 12 year old toy poodle whose legs sometimes trembles whilst he is sleeping. He is perfectly normal all the other time though, eating, drinking and playing just fine and only trembles when he is sleeping.
Any thoughts on this would really be appreciated.

Hello Tammy,
Sounds like your dog is having dreams at night.  When dogs dream, they will sometimes kick their feet, whine, howl, bark and I have even heard of dogs getting up and running while asleep.  Check his eyes.  If he is asleep, you can sometimes see the eyes moving under the eyelids.  This is called REM sleep and is usually when dreams occur.  

If the twitching was not due to dreaming, your dog would most likely wake up stiff and would hobble until his legs "woke up".  
I would not worry about it unless you see signs of distress when your dog is awake.  

I hope this helps you some.  If you have other questions about this, or other Poodle questions in general, please feel free to ask me.  

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I can answer general questions about Poodles. My specific area of expertise is Standard Poodles, but I will answer all questions about Poodles and dog related questions if I can. If I can't answer your question, I will be able to find information or someone who can.


I am a Dog Groomer and Dog Trainer, who has raised Standard Poodles for over 25 years. I can answer Housebreaking questions, Obedience/Training questions, Grooming questions, Breeding questions, and General Dog questions. I can also give SUGGESTIONS about general Health questions, but as I am not a Certified Vet, I cannot and will not diagnose illnesses. If you think that your dog is seriously ill, please contact your own Vet.

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I have worked at several Pet stores in my area, worked for a year as a Vet Tech, was an apprentice for a Dog Trainer, and have also worked at a Grooming/Showing kennel for several months. I have also raised, shown, currently train, and groom my own Standard Poodles, and have for over 25 years.

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