Dogs are ultimately the best pets around. They are compassionate, loving, playful, and incredibly loyal. If you're anything like the average dog lover, you've looked your sweet dog in the eyes and completely understood how they were feeling and most likely, you always know what they are trying to tell you. There are not many animals that emote as well as canines. Most likely, you think about your dog on the daily and have a very special relationship with your poochy pal. With that in mind, surely you'd like to know what your dog's daily routine is and what exactly they're thinking about in their dreams.
As you sit on the couch, catching up on your latest episode of your favorite show, you see your little guy lie down on the floor and rest his eyes. Eventually, he falls into a deep slumber. His paws start to move, as if he's digging for a bone, or he might even let out a little bark. You can't help but wonder what your little guy might be dreaming about. Perhaps in his dream he is chasing cattle, running through a wide open field of grass, or is in a playroom filled with nothing but tennis balls. While you may be correct that his little movements are him running in his dreams, his imagination may not be too out there. According to a study published on People, your dog's dreams are most likely similar to their average daily routine. Dr. Deirdre Barrett, a teacher and Evolutionary Psychologist at Harvard Medical School, has spent years studying sleep behavior in humans and she feels that dogs' sleep behaviors are no different than yours.
Humans tend to dream about the same things they're interested in and what had interacted with them throughout the day. "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." says Dr. Barrett. While it cannot be certain what exactly your little buddy might be dreaming about, she came to this conclusion due to the fact that most mammals have similar sleep cycles to humans, going into a deep sleep stage, and then into REM Stage (Rapid Eye Movement), in which dreams occur for humans.
Dr. Barrett recommends that if you want to make sure your little pup is having good dreams, make sure they are given a great daytime experience. Take them to the park, play catch, give them some love, and maybe hand them a bone or toy to chew on.