Can Dogs Dream?
In the past, while your dog companion was napping, you may have seen them move a nose or move while resting – causing you to ask yourself: Are they daydreaming? As indicated by research, it appears that our pups do indeed dream. Let’s dive into the details.
What We Know About Doggy Dreaming
After some study, we found that our furry friends can dream sort of how we do. This means our dogs can have dreams that replay events that they experienced when they were aware. Also remarkably similar to how their owners sleep, dogs experience a cycle of sleep stages(REM)
Can You know When Your Dog is Dreaming?
Many times when in REM sleep, canines may bark, twitch, or growl. Interestingly, sometimes the movements a pup makes in their sleep correlate with their breed type. For example, researchers noticed a Pointer appearing to hunt for game and even go on point while sleeping. While they saw an English Springer Spaniel flush out an imagined bird in their dream. One can also tell when Fido is dreaming without them even having to move. When they’re sleeping, if you notice their eyes moving behind their eyelids, this is a clear sign that they’ve entered a dream state.
Do Dogs Dream Often?
Interestingly enough, how much a puppy typically dreams has to do with breed size. Smaller breeds tend to dream more often than larger breeds, with a new dream possibly reoccurring every 10 minutes. Although a giant dog, like a Collie, will only have one vision per 60 minutes.
What to consider if Fido is Dreaming
Should you see, your pup is daydreaming because they’re making noise or moving, the best thing to do is leave them alone. Disrupting REM sleep might startle your canine and cause them to nip at you out of reflex .Learning more about your dog companion is always fun. It’s even mre impressive when you discover that some of the ways their brains function or how they experience life are a little similar to how we do.