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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-08-2010, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Wonder why small dogs dream more than larger dogs. ? I never wake Molly up when she Havin a good dream.

While dogs are sleeping they sometimes moan, whimper, growl and have involuntary body gestures such as twitching, tail wagging and lip licking. In fact if you watch your dog sleep, it sleeps in very much the same way we humans sleep. This phenomenon begs the often asked question: Do dogs dream. The evidence supports that yes, dogs dream.

Dogs are similar to humans with regard to their sleep patterns and their brain wave activity. Experiments testing canine brain wave activity during sleep have been reproduced and measured by researchers using an electroencephalogram (EEG). As they first fall asleep dogs are in a ‘lighter’ sleep mode where their breathing is very regular and they can be easily awakened. Once they enter deep sleep they are more difficult to awaken and their brain wave activity is greatly increased. Like humans, once in deep sleep they enter a stage where their breathing becomes more irregular and they have rapid eye movements (REM) where actual dreaming takes place.They enter and exit this dreaming stage several times per night. This rapid eye movement stage has this name because behind their closed eyelids, the dog’s eyes are moving rapidly back and forth. Presumably, they are watching the images that they are dreaming about. It is during this stage where they may also have involuntarily vocalizations and body movements. Even if it seems like they are having a bad dream it is best not to wake a sleeping dog. Dogs, like humans, need uninterrupted sleep for healthy mental activity.

Are all dogs alike with regard to their dreaming? Research suggests that small dogs dream more than larger dogs. Dream frequency also seems to be related to age where puppies dream more than adult dogs. Given that dogs can’t tell us their dreams, the 64,000 dollar question is what are dogs dreaming about. It is likely that dogs dream in a similar fashion to humans, dreaming up canine fantasies and the everyday things that make up their existence like chasing, playing and eating

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I'm glad you mentioned that because we have had several small dogs over the years and all have had dreams but Abby!!! I never even thought of it until you mentioned it, though. She is a very good sleeper and never wakes me up at night even though she sleeps with me. Now, she may dream but I'm evidently sound asleep when & if she does!

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Wow Kathie, you have never seen her do the whimpering and spastics.? Molly does it on a regular basis. I think she is chasing the bunny rabbit in her dreams. She loves that waskily wabbit that lives under our deck.

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That's funny because all our other dogs used to twitch & whimper and do all kinds of crazy stuff in their sleep! Not Abby - talk about being laid back!!!

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I believe they dream.

I can *hear* the difference in Gucci's good dreams, vs. her 'bad' dreams, where she yelps and cries. I have woken her up a few times because she startles me so bad I startle her (esp. if they happen in the middle of the night and she's spooning me or sleeping right next to my pillow!)

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Augie will often fall asleep in my lap. I love to watch him when he is dreaming. His little paws twitch and I am thinking he is dreaming he is doing a RLH. It is a good excuse just to sit and relax as I do not want to wake him so I just sit there with him until he wakes up.

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I'll see both Luna and Dickson dreaming, especially Luna. I think she's dreaming about chasing rabbits . . .
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We hear Misty sometimes. Have not heard Yogi. The blind dog dreams everynight, very vocal!!!!! The I'm killing something dream, the running dream, the moaning happy sounds dream, and the someone is killing me dream. We do wake him up or the other two dogs do as they run over to see whats happening and nose bump and examine him.

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