Is Your Doggy Dreaming?

A sleeping dog can startle you. If you're in an empty house and your dog is in a deep snooze, chances are you're not expecting to hear any surprises. But, occasionally it happens out of nowhere.

"Yip! Yip! Yip!"

Scruffy starts twitching so bad he looks like he is going into an epileptic seizure and he is pawing at the air. Some new dog owners are frightened by this behavior and are tempted to wake their dogs up.

Puppies generally dream more often than adult dogs.
"Let Sleeping Dogs Lie"
Although it may be tempting to shake your dog out of a dream, experts say it is best to let them rest. Some owners may think that their dog is having a nightmare when they start to yip, which is possible, but the safest thing to do is to let the dream "run its course." Nightmares should not be a common occurrence in any dogs sleep cycle, but vivid REM dreams are typical. And, just like humans, a dog can be easily startled when they are asleep.

All Breeds Dogs Dream Differently
According to Pedigree dog food brand, there is research suggests that small dogs dream more than larger dogs. For instance, A Toy Poodle may dream once every 10 minutes while a Golden Retriever would dream about once every 90 minutes. Dreaming also seems to occur more frequently in puppies. This may be because they are processing huge quantities of newly acquired experiences. This also holds true for humans, too. A baby typically sleeps in the REM state for about half of their sleep cycle, compared to an adult that only sleeps in 10-25% in REM. It's just one more thing that makes us more like our pets.

By Sean Bowes
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