Do Dogs Dream?

Do dogs dream? Researchers say they do, and similar to humans. In 2001, researchers at MIT studied the activity of rats brains when they ran a race and while they were in rapid-eye movement sleep (REM). They found that the brain activities were similar in both instances and concluded that the rats must be dreaming about the maze they ran earlier in the day.

Since rats can dream, researchers posited that other animals, like dogs, would also dream in similar ways.

How can you tell when your dog is dreaming?

Usually they bark, whimper or twitch their legs in REM sleep. Another indicator that your dog is dreaming is if their eyes are moving behind their eyelids 10-20 minutes after they have fallen asleep.

A dog’s frequency of dreams is also dependent on their size. Researchers have found that small dogs, like toy poodles, dream about every 10 minutes whereas large dogs, like golden retrievers, only dream about every 90 minutes. There is further indication that puppies and senior dogs dream more than middle-age dogs.

So what are they dreaming about?

Very similar to people, dogs dream about waking things or doggy things…chasing a bird, digging a hole or even just running around.

But what to do if your dog is dreaming?

Ever heard of “let sleeping dogs lie?” It’s a pretty good old adage and one you should stick to. Waking your dog up during their REM sleep can be startling, similar to a person being awoken from a dream, and can result in your dog lashing out or being very drowsy in the morning.

Source: American Kennel Club & Live Science

Interpreting Your Dreams

Everyone dreams even if they don’t remember it. Not remembering a dream is a very common practice, however, sometimes there are those dreams that are difficult to shake. Here are some common dreams and what they mean.

Falling

These types of dreams are the most common and frequent of all dreams we experience in our lifetime. Dreams of falling are usually vivid and tend to wake you up before hitting the bottom. Usually when we dream of falling, we have lost control of something.

Water

Seeing water in a dream can be interpreted in various ways from the color to the type and even how you are interacting with water in the dream. Here we’ll talk about the colors of the water

  • Clear: a positive symbol letting you know your emotions are clear. Is someone else in the dream with you? Your subconscious might be trying to tell you something
  • Murky/Brown: unclear water might suggest emotional difficulties
  • Dark Blue: this dark color suggests that your unconscious emotions could be heavy and deep. How do you feel in the water in your dream? It’ll let you know your level of comfort with those emotions
  • Red: as most things that are red in dreams, this suggests anger and passion. This colors brings out your inner feelings

Dreaming in a Dream

How very Inception of you; now while this might seem like you are dreaming of the movie (and fingers crossed Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Tom Hardy show up in your dreams), it is not that uncommon to have a dream within a dream. Similar to the movie, you will be able to discover levels to your unconscious mind that you couldn’t access before.

Dancing

Ever busted a move in your dreams? Dancing in dreams can mean so many different things! So how are you dancing in your dreams?

  • Alone: you feel complete & free
  • With a partner: feel joy and safety with that person
  • Taking the lead: you are in control and in charge
  • Stepping on your partners feet: awkwardness in the situation
  • Audience or with a group: you are putting on a show, let loose and have fun!

Driving

Dreams of this nature indicate your life’s path. How the road looks will help to guide you with what is ahead of you.