Why Let Sleeping Dogs Lie? They May Be Dreaming Like You Do!


Every dog owner could tell you how amusing their furry friends are when they sleep, twitching, whimpering, and sometimes even wagging their tails. Most assume that their dog is dreaming and now science has confirmed that this is the case.

Dr. Stanley Coren, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia and the author of ‘Do Dogs Dream? Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know,’ said that how often and for how long a dog dreams for depends on its size. The age of a dog can dictate how much time they spend in rapid eye movement (REM).

“It turns out that small dogs dream more frequently and have shorter dreams and larger dogs dream less but have longer dreams,” Coren explained.

It turns out that dogs are a lot like humans when it comes to sleep. This shouldn’t be a surprise according to Dr. Nicholas Dodman, professor of behavioral pharmacology and animal behavior who says that we’re “95% identical genetically and physically.”

Like in human brains, there is a mechanism in a dog’s brain that keeps its muscles from moving while it sleeps. But, like us, when this switch is weak, REM sleep behavior disorder which causes them to act out their dreams.

What do sleeping dogs dream of? Coren says, “For human beings their dreams have to do with very common activities, things that happened during the day. And it seems that for dogs basically the same thing. Dogs dream about doing doggie things.”

So, there you have it, dogs do dream and dream of what we imagine they do. And now for some adorable videos of dogs dreaming.


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