Dogs Dream About Their Owners, Harvard Expert Says

Posted: Oct 23 2016, 12:55pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 23 2016, 12:58pm CDT, in Latest Science News


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Dogs Dream about Their Owners, Harvard Expert Says
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Researcher says that your dog probably dreams about you

Ever wondered what your dog dreams about?

We have seen our pets sleeping at night. So, we logically assume they are dreaming about something. Are they dream of bones, chasing rabbit or cat or anything else? Now, a clinical and evolutionary psychologist from Harvard Medical School is attempting to provide a satisfactory answer to that question.

Dr. Deirdre Barrett, who has spent years in learning about humans dreams, takes some clues from her extensive research and reveals that dogs probably dream about their owners while they sleep.

"Anything about what animals dream, or even if they dream, is speculative.” Barrett told People Magazine.

“What we do know for sure is that most mammals have a similar sleep cycle to humans, going into a deep sleep stage, in which the brain is much less active, and then into periods of activity called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, in which dream occurs for humans. That certainly makes it the best guess that other mammals are dreaming, too.”

The thing that makes pet’s sleep different from humans is the duration. For instance, small animals like mice go through sleep stages much quickly than humans, which indicate that their dreams might also be shorter and more frequent. But apparently animals dream like humans.

“Humans dream about the same things they’re interested in by day, though more visually and less logically. There’s no reason to think animals are any different,” said Barrett.

“Since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it’s likely your dog is dreaming your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you.”

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