Do Dogs Dream?

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Has your dog barked while sleeping? what about taking off running? or jumping awake for no reason at all? Then most likely your dog was dreaming.

According to Dr. Stanley Coren, an animal behavior expert from the University of British Columbia, dogs experience both slow-wave sleep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. These are the types of sleep where humans dream.

During REM sleep, our brain is almost as active as it is when we are awake. In this phase of sleep, breathing can become fast and irregular and is thought to be the time when the brain consolidates memories.

“Sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other. In fact, your brain and body stay remarkably active while you sleep. Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake.” – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

What do they dream about. No one really knows, but humans dream about things that happen involving them and people they care about. Since to your canine partner, you are their whole world, they are may just be dreaming about you… or that pesky squirrel they haven’t caught in the front yard yet!