Ever wonder what dogs dream?
I know there are groups of people who don’t even remotely consider it.
But I know for a fact, dogs do…
As a child, I remember going into panics when I’d see or hear my dog make weird noises while twitching in their sleep. Even my parents couldn’t come up with a good enough explanation (probably why it added to my growing concerns).
But after observing so many dogs sleep and enter REM (rapid eye movement) over the years, I can definitely say that dogs do dream, a lot! There is no debating that.
Like humans, dogs tend to dream of things going on in the present and past.
Take for instance, Leila, our Standard Poodle, who suckled and pawed in her sleep as a pup. She continued to do so until 5-6 months of age. An obvious guess would be her remembrance and cherished times as a suckling puppy. It was a state of total comfort and relaxation (like her life is any different now ).
Or Frisco, our Pit Bull/Boxer mix who sometimes barks and howls in his sleep. He does this without even opening his mouth. (His lips just flap around, it’s pretty funny.) You can see his ribs expand, but the output of the barks and howls are very low and squeal’ish. He barks at a number things like rabbit and deer or when he’s simply horsing around with other dogs. But one can only wonder what he’s barking at. Sometimes, he’ll wake up and immediately look around in prey drive mode, I’m guessing something he was chasing? Sometimes he’ll wake up and intensely start to wag his tail, look for his buddies, then lay back down in dead hopes – playing?
Though dogs rarely have nightmares, because I mean, c’mon, their lives are great! They do on occasion cry and whine in their sleep.
One can only guess what’s going on, and try and link it to whats made the dog sad recently, but it’s merely a guess.
And just like people who sleep walk, there are dogs who swing their legs in full running-stride without waking up. Some sniff and dig in their dreams, intensely, as if they’re on to something. Some even snarl and become aggressive in their sleep. Crazy, right?
But things like this are what makes dogs so unique to us. You can look into a dog’s eyes and see that there is someone there behind those big round eyes. The mystery of not knowing makes dogs that much more amazing and the reason why, dogs rule!
The next time your dog wakes up from an intense dream, laugh it off with them. I do it with my dogs, because I know deep down, they’re laughing it off too.
Tell us your stories, because I know I can’t stop hearing about them. Did your dog’s dream freak you out, did you laugh?