Friday, June 5, 2015

What do dogs dream about?

sleeping Boston terrier

Liam the pug and Sinead the Boston terrier are epic sleepers. While I'm tapping away on my keyboard, writing up blogs and social media posts, they're lulling me to dreamland with their snorts and snores and wuffles. I even have video to prove it.

Here's Liam in the midst of a nap. Notice how his feet flop around, and turn up the volume to hear him barking.

And here's Sinead in her slumber. She's a bit of a creepy sleeper, as she often snoozes with her eyes partially open. You can see that weirdness at the beginning of this vid.

So these two are sleeping, but they're also very definitely dreaming. And sometimes, I know exactly what they're dreaming about.

Liam often dreams about food. He smacks his lips and moves his jaws, and he even swallows periodically. That makes sense, as he is a very food-motivated dog. If dogs dream about the things that are most important to them, Liam will probably focus his dreams on his meals.

Sinead often dreams about running. Her feet move really quickly, and her eyes seem to be scanning the distance for prey. I have no idea what that is all about, as she does very little running in real life, but it's something she seems to enjoy while she's asleep.

At this point, scientists aren't exactly sure why we humans dream. Is it because we're processing the day's events? Do we dream in order to lay down new memories? Or is it a form of brain-cell entertainment? No one is really sure. And until scientists figure out why humans dream, they may not focus any research money on pets. So we'll have to wait for the definitive answer about why dogs dream and what they dream about.

sleepy pug

But, as someone who spends close to 24/7 with her dogs, I can attest that dogs certainly do dream. And most of the time, they seem to dream about dog-type things, like eating and running. And for the most part, they seem to enjoy their dreams.

Do you have any awesome dog dream tales to share? I'd love to hear them in the comments section.


  1. They are both adorable. having great dreams! if only we could see what they really are dreaming about. Probably chasing balls and squirrels.

  2. Visiting you from the Pet Parade today. Interesting post. My cat doesn't seem to have dreams that manifest in motion that I can detect, but who knows what goes on in their amazing brains?

    1. One of my cats seems to dream about running, as his feet move when he sleeps. But otherwise, they're mostly peaceful, like yours! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. My Cat, Scout Aspen, snores, rather loudly, sometimes. Scout Aspen snores such that it almost sounds aa if there is a Ghost in the room talking to me! Boo, Its Aspen! She only snores at night, never during the day, then, she doesn't sleeps, during the day, she merely naps!