If you have ever watched your dog twitching or chattering while sleeping, you may wonder if they are dreaming. Dogs might not be as creative with their imagination, but can they dream like us? And what would they dream about?
“Research suggests that dogs do dream,”Adem Fehmi, a canine behaviorist tells Country Living. “If you own a dog, you may sometimes see their face or body twitch when asleep, or even (if like my old dog Yogi!) kick their legs around in their sleep as if running!”
What are the signs dogs are dreaming?
- You may see their eyes moving behind their eyelids and they may even make noises
- Muscle movements, such as paddling and twitching
- Moving their legs as if they are running
Kate Costaras, a vet at Joii, tells us: “What a dog dreams about is unfortunately a mystery, but you might be able to guess depending on how they are acting when they are asleep. Perhaps their paddling feet indicate they are dreaming about chasing a ball in the park, or their whimpering indicates they are dreaming about food. Unfortunately we will never know.”
What do dogs dream about?
Some of the things dogs may dream about include:
- Replaying moments from their day
- Dreaming of their favorite activities
- Playing with toys
- Chasing a ball
- Eating a good meal
- chasing birds
- Running after squirrels
“It is not known for certain, but it is thought that dogs dream just like us, perhaps replaying moments from their day or dreaming of favorite activities such as chasing their favorite toy in the garden or house,” Adem adds.
If you think your dog is dreaming, it’s important to leave them sleeping. It is thought that dogs’ dreams are of equal importance to their wellbeing, so try not to disturb them – even if you think they are having a bad dream.
“Try not to disturb your dog when they’re dreaming,” Adem continues. “If you are concerned and feel like you must intervene, use your voice only, be calm, and give them lots of space. Remember that dogs may be shocked and react if suddenly disturbed.”
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