A new study from specialists shows that dogs dream too. What’s more, the adorable pets dream about their owners, which suggests the strong bond that the animals have with humans. Specialists explain that most people who ask for advice from them are interested in their pets’ ability to dream and the content of this experience.
The new study was initiated by Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett. Previous research suggests that the animals’ sleep experience is quite similar to ours. Both humans and animals go through a phase of deep sleep when the brain reports lower activity than usual. In addition to these, animals, dogs included, also experience the phenomenon of rapid eye movement (REM), which is the time when dreams occur.
Specialists agree that dreams are irrational sequences related to real concerns in our everyday life. Professor Deirdre Barrett suggests that this theory is also valid for dogs. The most important element in a dog’s universe is its master, as the specialist argues. This is what leads her to believe that if dogs dream, they are most likely to dream about their owner.
Dog owners can account for the fact that dogs move their legs when they sleep. Scientists tend to believe that the pets might be actually dreaming about moving or running, and this is why they also move in real life.
This is how the Harvard psychologist explains the phenomenon of dogs’ dreams:
“Since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it’s likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you.”
Specialist Deirdre Barrett also thinks that humans can improve dogs’ sleep quality and induce happy dreams to them. The method is simple, and it is based on logic. Humans have pleasant dreams especially if they have pleasant daytime experiences. So if you want your dog to have sweet dreams about you, you should make sure that your pet is happy all day long.
Previous studies also account for cats’ ability to dream. CT scans showed that the felines also display rapid eye movement. On the other hand, small animals, like mice, tend to sleep less. So their dream period is limited by their short sleep period. This is why specialists believe that small animals experience even shorter dream sequences than humans.
Studying dreams is not an easy scientific domain. However, the suggestion that dogs dream about their owners is quite remarkable. Are you more concerned about the happiness of your dog now?
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