Of the myriad questions that ramble through a dog lover’s mind, perhaps the most frequent is: ‘Do dogs dream?’
And if so, what do dogs dream about?
Well, the science has answered, the dogs dream about YOU!
“What we’ve basically found is that dogs dream doggy things. The dream pattern in dogs seems to be very similar to the dream pattern in humans,” Stanley Coren, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia, told Live Science earlier this year.
The dreams also vary according to the dog’s breed and size. Since dogs spend more than half their day sleeping – they’ve plenty of time to think of their humans.
“Humans dream about the same things they’re interested in by day, though more visually and less logically. 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.”
― Dr. Deirdre Barrett, Clinical and evolutionary psychologist at Harvard Medical School
So the next time your puppy is sleeping – flapping paws and those rapid eye movements, he may well be dreaming about you.
When you sleep tonight, do snuggle up next to your pooch as you traverse the dream world together 🙂