I found this article about the science of dog shaking on the Atlantic Monthly’s website. Fascinating!
“Anyone who has ever had or been near a dog or seen a movie in which there is a dog knows this familiar sequence of events. It seems simple. But it is not.
It turns out that we didn’t really know how such shakes worked until Andrew Dickerson, Zachary Mills, and David Hu of Georgia Tech began to figure it out with the help of ultra high-speed footage of animals drying themselves.
“Engineers are interested in new kinds of ideas and any type of animal that is a champion of something,” Hu told me. “Dogs are good at getting dry. Any time an animal is really good at something, there is an idea there that can be used.”