What is Your Pooch Dreaming About? A Harvard Psychologist Explains
Wouldn’t it be nice to know what your pooch was dreaming about as he/she sleeps. Especially when your pooch whimpers and whines or has adorable little paw waves as she/he sleeps. Doesn’t it make you wonder whether those whimpers are the doggy equivalent of talking in your sleep? Or what is it that your fido is swatting at in his/her sleep? Well, for all those curious dog parents out there it seems that the answers you seek have been unveiled.
Ever wonder what your furriest family members are dreaming about when they curl up to sleep at night? According to one Harvard psychologist, they’re most likely dreaming of you.
Because dogs have a similar sleep cycle to humans – a deep sleep stage, in which the brain is much less active, followed by periods of activity called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, the period in which dreams occur for humans – it’s widely believed that our dogs are dreaming, too.
Clinical and Evolutionary Psychologist at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Deirdre Barrett told People that although there’s no way to know for sure what dogs are seeing when they dream, it’s safe to assume that their dreams draw from everyday experiences, just like humans.
“Humans dream about the same things they’re interested in by day, though more visually and less logically,” Barrett told People. “There’s no reason to think animals are any different. 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.”
Barrett confirmed that when their legs move and kick, or when they make whimpering, growling, or barking sounds in their sleep, dogs are likely acting out their dreams.
So, how can you be certain your best friend only has sweet dreams?
“The best way to give ourselves or our children better dreams is to have happy daytime experiences and to get plenty of sleep in a safe and comfortable environment. It’s a good bet this is also best for pets’ dreams.”
And, for those of us with cats, too… Barrett said past research showed cats most likely dreamed of hunting mice.
Turns out that your faithful companion not only showers you with love while awake but does so in her/his dreams as well.Your pooch much like yourself not only draws from everyday experiences but sometime even acts it out with paw swats and whimpers that we find so endearing. Flattering as it is to know that your pooch is probably dreaming about you, make sure to give your pooch plenty of pleasant daytime memories to ensure that your pooch has nothing but sweet dreams. And keep your fingers crossed that your pooch in turn is dreaming of how to please you and not dreaming up new and ingenious ways to annoy you.
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