Have you ever watched your dog taking a nap? Have you wondered, “Do Dogs Dream?”
Th?r? ?? ??m?th?ng ?b?ut watching ??ur dog sleep th?t ?? comforting ?nd ??m?t?m?? ?v?n comical.
D? ??u know, ??v?r?l ?f ??ur dog’s sleep behaviors ?r? similar t? ?ur? ?nd ?th?r? ?r? inherent?
Th? average dog sleeps 12 – 13 hours ??r day. It m?? n?t ???m th?t way, but puppies snooze ?v?n longer! Th?t ?? ?lm??t h?lf th??r life! Dogs ?r? skillful ?t catching ? f?w winks wh?n?v?r th?? can. Th?t form ?f napping ?? similar t? our Stage 1 sleep, wh?r? th?? ?r? ?u?t barely sleeping. Th?? ?? light sleep ?n wh??h th? dog ?? easily awakened. Y?ur dog’s breathing ?? slow ?nd regular but he’s ready t? spring ?nt? action ?f needed.
Sleep is necessary for health and happiness.
Sleep ?? ? vital part ?f th? health, physical ?nd emotional well-being ?f ??ur dog’s life. It ?? dur?ng sleep th?t puppies grow, wounds heal ?nd energy ?? conserved ?nd stored f?r wh?t lies ahead.
Companion dogs k??t indoors, sleep longer ?nd deeper th?n dogs k??t outdoors ?nd working dogs. Dogs k??t outdoors ?nd working dogs tr? t? slip ?n ?n extra nap h?r? ?r there, but rarely relax ?n?ugh t? reach ? healthy, deep, restful sleep.
Do Dogs Dream?
It appears dogs follow similar stages ?f sleep ?? humans. Stage 1, he’s barely sleeping. Th?? ?? wh?r? m??t outdoor dogs, wild dogs ?nd working dogs sleep. At Stage 2, th? animal’s blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, ?nd body temperatures gradually lower. Stage 3 ?? ? transitional state b?tw??n light ?nd deep sleep. Stage 4 ?? th? slow wave stage wh?r? u?u?ll? th? dog ?? n?w oblivious t? th??r surroundings.
If awakened suddenly, th?? ?ft?n ?????r confused. Stage 5 ?? wh?r? th? fun begins. Th?? ?? th? REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase ?f sleep. Here, th??r body relaxes, but th??r brain remains active. At th?? stage, ??ur dog’s eyes roll und?r th? lids ?nd th?? slowly ease ?nt? th??? dreams w? find ?? amusing.
12% of sleep in REM
Th?? whimper, growl, m?k? lapping ?nd eating sounds ?nd motions, whine, bark, and/or ?????r t? b? chasing something!
M??t indoor dogs spend u? t? 12% ?f th??r sleeping time ?n REM. Puppies spend ? greater percentage ?f time ?n REM. Dur?ng th?? stage, ?t ?? thought puppies process ?nd merge wh?t th?? ?r? learning ?v?r? day, ?nt? behaviors th?? w?ll follow.
Interestingly, smaller dogs tend t? dream m?r? th?n th??r larger cousins.
Shake, Rattle & Roll
Shaking dur?ng sleep ??n b? perfectly normal f?r th? average dog. Dogs th?t h?v? suffered trauma ?nd puppies removed fr?m th??r mom t?? soon, m?? ?l?? shake ?n th??r sleep. Shaking ??uld ?l?? b? ?n indicator ?f health problems ?n dogs, ?u?h ?? hypothyroidism, pain, chills, ?nd gastrointestinal discomfort.
If ??ur dog ?? shaking wh?l? sleeping, calmly call th??r n?m? ?nd gently pet ?r touch them, t? reassure th?m th?t ?v?r?th?ng ?? OK. D? n?t shake th?m awake! It ?? n?t known, ?f dogs h?v? nightmares, but g?v?n th? fact m?n? rescues ?nd dogs th?t h?v? suffered severe physical ?nd emotional trauma shake ?n th??r sleep, ? l?ttl? assurance g??? ? long way.
Dreaming of You
Just as you dream of the fun times you have with your pet, they also relive those adventures in their dreams. Be grateful you have such a great companion and friend. It is a dream come true.
About The Author
Judy Helm Wright is a Pet Grief Coach and a wise intuitive woman who loves unconditionally. She is active in BlogPaws and WIPIN Use the contact form on www.AnimalHumanConnection.com to connect with her and her many services for pets and people.
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