I love watching my dogs dream. They twitch, sometimes making little running motions with their feet, and Brody in particular makes a noise just like one of the Three Stooges- “whoopwhoopwhoopwhoopwhoop,” a sound never heard when he’s actually awake.
I’ve always wondered what they dream about. Do their brains use the time to work out subconscious fears like we do? What can they be all that worried about anyway? They have it pretty easy.
Are their dreams populated with the surreal workings of REM enhanced grey matter like ours- do they dream of walking through a field of cats naked? Or are they literal dreamers, romping after squirrels and rolling in rotting leaves just like they do during their waking hours?
Brody’s definitely the most physical dreamer in the house. Koa will sometimes put out the tiniest whimper, but for the most part she sleeps like a log. Apollo is for all intents and purposes comatose when he is asleep.
I found an article by psychology professor Stanley Cohen that details some of the scientific evidence that dogs, and even rats, do indeed dream:
At the structural level, the brains of dogs are similar to those of humans. Also, during sleep the brain wave patterns of dogs are similar that of people, and go through the same stages of electrical activity observed in humans, all of which is consistent with the idea that dogs are dreaming.
Of course, you probably don’t need to go so far as brainwave analysis to come to the same conclusion. All you need to do is, you know, watch a couple dogs sleeping.
Mine never run into walls like that poor pup making the rounds on YouTube, thank goodness, but Brody’s come pretty close to launch a few times. Must be a reallllly fast squirrel. Koa, I’m sure, dreams either about being pet by me or eating. Her two purposes in life. Apollo, well, I think he dreams about sleeping.
What do you think your pets dream about?