5 Important Questions About Doggy Dreams Answered

By Reyna Abraham

Have you ever sat on the couch, while snuggling your dog and thought to yourself, "do you think he's just like me? Are we really that different?"

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How many times have you spent the day with your doggy bestie, running around, playing, and having a great time, and he's passed out cold on the couch, whimpering, his legs kicking up a storm? Do you wonder what he could possibly be dreaming about? You've got questions, Cuteness has your answers.

1. Do Dogs Dream?

When you see your favorite canine conked out, but his legs are moving a mile a minute and he starts to twitch and whimper, you know he's dreaming. He could be dreaming about his favorite toy or chasing the neighbor's pesky cat. When your pup pal enters REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, it is possible they are simply dreaming about the doggy things they did that day.

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2. Do Dogs Dream Visually?

While we know that different dogs have different kinds of dreams, they probably do have visual dreams. Most likely very similar to our own dreams, since a dog's brain isn't all that different structurally.

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3. What Age do Dogs Start Dreaming?

While different breeds of dogs may dream about different things, we don't have the specifics of puppy dreams. But, we know that they all start dreaming at a very young age. Scientists have observed puppies as young as two weeks old hitting REM.

4. Do Dogs Have Nightmares?

Well, we hope that our dogs are dreaming about happy things, but it is possible that a dog who experiences scary situations in life, may be having nightmares when asleep. If your dog has a happy day and minimal stress, then she is most likely just dreaming.

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5. What Do Dogs Dream About?

Since you know that dogs dream — you see the evidence in their howls, whimpers and kicks — you might wonder what it is they are dreaming about. Dr. Deirdre Barrett, a teacher and a Clinical and Evolutionary Psychologist at Harvard Medical School, is an expert on the subject. In a recent interview she stated that since dogs and humans both tend to dream about the same kinds of things, and "since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it's likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell, and of pleasing or annoying you." Sounds like good new for all dog owners out there!