HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT DOGS DREAM ABOUT?
WHAT DOGS DREAM ABOUT AND WHAT SCIENTISTS HAVE LEARNED
Have you ever wondered what dogs dream about? I love to watch my dogs dream. They twitch and bark, although it sounds more like stomach rumblings, and move their legs like they are running. I always wonder what in the world could they be dreaming about? Food, treats?
According to The National Sleep Foundation, dogs sleep between 12 and 14 hours of a 24-hour day. Puppies and senior dogs sleep about 18 to 20 hours.
According to scientists dog’s dreams are similar to ours. That is, they dream when they are in a REM sleep. Have you ever watched their eyes rapidly move back and forth when asleep? That’s known as REM or “rapid eye movement” It’s a deep state of sleep.
“Dog’s brains, as well as ours have a brain structure called the Pons Varolii–which paralyzes major muscles during REM sleep to keep us from moving around too much and “acting out” our dreams.” – Pet MD
WHAT DO THEY DREAM ABOUT?
Just like us, dog’s dreams are based on memory and experience. But, it’s not simply the memory of an experience. The replays are often broken up into little pieces that are put together in different ways. They create new scenes built from old content that can be used to convey, emphasize, highlight or otherwise capture some kind of a meaningful point.” – Matt Wilson, a neuroscientist
SHOULD YOU WAKE A DOG WHILE DREAMING?
Have you heard the saying, “let sleeping dogs lie”? Well, that’s true. When a dog is in REM sleep, it’s not the interrupting of the dream that is bad, it’s waking a dog from REM sleep rapidly. It can startle them and might confuse the dog and they might react aggressively. Even so, you are interrupting and important part of the sleep cycle and robbing your dog of a well-deserved rest.