Do dogs dream?
No matter how we want, Bobik, Sharik or Mukha will not be able to tell us what they see in their dreams when their paws are galloping through the air, or when they quietly whimper or grumble. However, scientific facts and the study of the dog’s sleep phases indicate that dogs sleep like humans and dream like humans.
The brain activity of a dog during sleep is very similar to the human model. Like humans, dogs have a part of the brain called the bridge that prevents them from acting during sleep most of the time. The most active dreams are for middle-aged dogs, but puppies and older dogs are less likely to dream. This is due to the fact that during the day at a young and old age the dogs themselves are less active and sleep more.
The active sleep phase of an adult dog (or the phase of rapid eye movement) lasts about 20 minutes for the entire sleep period. Even if the dog does not run in a dream and does not play with its paws lying on its side, you can see signs that right now your four-legged has plunged into a world of dreams and fantasies: weak twitching of the eyelids, mustache, ears, weak womb or growl, slight twitching of limbs and body muscles.
In addition to all this, it is believed that dogs dream of what is most important to them at the moment. For example, a dog who has just dozed off after a walk in the forest sees her running along the paths, and that dog that sleeps all day in the kitchen is most likely dreaming of a delicious dinner. One of Harvard’s psychologists suggests that family dogs see their loved ones in their dreams.
What does your dog dream about?