Dogs Dream Happily of Their Owners!
24 October, 2016
When our beloved dogs sleep next to us in their dreamy like haze, we often wonder what they might be dreaming about. According to a Harvard psychologist, they’re probably dreaming about their owner or you!
Dr. Deirdre Barrett, a teacher and a Clinical and Evolutionary Psychologist at Harvard Medical School, told People Magazine that dogs likely dreaming about their owners.
Dogs dream, most likely, of their everyday experience
She says that while 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, 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.”
Dogs also are acting out their dreams when their legs are moving
Barrett also confirmed that dogs are likely acting out their dreams when their legs move in running motion in their sleep.
She also offered advice to pet owners who want to make sure their friend’s dreams are sweet. Give your pet children better dreams by ensuring they have a good daytime experience, plenty of sleep in a safe, comfortable environment. That should help dog dreams.
Cats, most likely, dream of hunting mice in their sleep!
Cats have been studied more closely and one of the earliest sleep researchers, Michel Jouvet, destroyed the tiny area in cat brains that inhibits movements during REM sleep. Cats lay quietly through the other stages of sleep, and when REM began, they leapt up, stalked, pounced, arched their backs and hissed. They looked like they were hunting mice in their dreams.
So, there you go- dogs dream of their owners and cats, well, dream of hunting mice!