Curious about dog dreams? You’ve come to the right place! Here at Webbox, we’re taking a deep dive into dog dreams to unravel the mystery surrounding them. Read on to have all your questions answered and find out what really happens inside your dog’s brain when they rest their weary heads.
Do dogs dream?
Studies show that yes, dogs do in fact dream! Similar to humans, canines go through three sleep cycles: wakefulness, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid-eye-movement sleep. Scientists attest that dogs dream just like we do and that these dreams can actually be quite complex. Many dogs also remember things that have happened to them and replay these sequences of events while they’re asleep! Your dog will generally dream about waking activities, like chasing squirrels, spending time with their family or chowing down on their favourite main meals.
Can dogs have bad dreams?
If your dog occasionally moans while sleeping and seems a bit unsettled, chances are they’re probably having a nightmare. We know that dogs dream and can therefore infer that the dreams can either be good or bad. However, if your dog frequently moans in their sleep it is important to rule out any more sinister underlying causes. If in doubt, always get your pooch checked out at the vet.
Do dogs dream about their owners?
Good news, it is very likely that dogs dream about their owners! Canines form especially close bonds with the people that care for them and as dogs generally dream about their daytime activities, it is safe to conclude that they’re probably dreaming about you. According to Harvard psychologist, Dr Deidre Barrett, “Humans dream about the same things they’re interested in by day, though more visually and less logically. There’s no reason to think animals are any different.”
If that doesn’t fill you with happiness, we don’t know what will!
What do dogs dream about when they twitch?
Twitching or kicking of the legs is a completely normal manifestation of dreaming. If you watch your dog while they sleep, you will notice that these movements are fast and usually intermittent. It is important to know the difference between this and seizing, as it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference. A dog having a seizure will tend to be more rigid and the movements will be more violent. If your dog has had a seizure, they will likely appear to be a bit disorientated and may pant or drool excessively. If you’re unsure, take your pooch to the local vets for a check over.
Should you wake a dreaming dog?
Whatever you do, don’t wake a dreaming dog, even if they appear to be having a nightmare. When a pooch is having a bad dream, they’re likely to be scared and unsettled. As pet owners, we know that fearful dogs can sometimes act out aggressively. If you wake a dog when they’re in this state, it may take them a moment to fully rouse and understand that they’re safe, meaning that this can sometimes result in an unintended bite. It’s always best to let a sleeping dog lie.
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