While nobody truly knows the answer to this question, most experts believe that they do dream. As we continuously discover more and more things about dogs, we find that they have many characteristics in common with humans. Experts have observed the sleep patterns of dogs and find that they share many common things with a sleeping person. This probably includes the ability to dream. We think that dogs begin dreaming about 20 to 30 minutes after falling asleep. As with a person, you may notice shallow, irregular breathing. This will often be followed by muscle twitching and possible vocalization. You will also notice eye movements that are similar to REM sleep cycles in people.
While the topic may still be open to debate, I know that my dog often acts as if he is dreaming. He will act like he is running and often howl or give off a soft bark when he is fast asleep. Does your dog dream?
Written and published by Dr. Fink
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