Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Pssst! They’re thinking of you)

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Let’s learn about doggy dreams: Are they real? Do they dream of running through fields of treats or floating in the pool with a doggy cocktail and sunglasses on? Based on the article I read on Dailymail.com, they’re probably dreaming about you. That’s right, according to a doctor at Harvard Medical School, your pup is likely dreaming about you and things that happened throughout their day, similar to what humans do. She said that since most dogs are extremely attached to their owners, chances are high that a dog is dreaming of its owner’s face and smell. She believes dogs can have bad dreams too, especially if they are unhappy about something, so positive experiences throughout the day are a plus.

Apparently, there is something in the human brain that keeps our muscles from moving while we sleep. According to the article, if this “something” doesn’t work properly, chances are you’ll be acting out your dreams while you sleep. The same goes for dogs. So when your pup’s legs are twitching and moving, it is likely running in the dream. I don’t know about your dog, but mine runs all the time in his dreams.

Studies have also shown that the length of a dog’s dreams depends on the size of the dog. On average, an adult dog sleeps 12-14 hours a day, so with all that sleeping may come lots of dreaming. Here’s to many happy dreams for you and your dog!

Don’t mix pets and errands

I’ve had numerous questions about taking your dog on errands and whether leaving them in the car is safe.  It is not! Please, do not take your dog with you on errands in the summertime. It is too hot for them in the car. Remember that the temperature in the car will be much hotter than it is outside, it won’t make any difference if you are parked in the shade or leave the windows cracked because cars retain heat. Animals can get heatstroke and suffer from dehydration. It is the best and safest choice to leave them home when you are out and about. That being said, there are obviously going to be exceptions – for example, if you are working on training with your dog or if you are taking them to a store that they can go inside with you and then taking them right back home. Changing up their environment is one of the best ways to socialize your dog, just remember to be safe when doing it.


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Jill Bailey

Jill Bailey is the Media Specialist at M3 Group by day, by night she is helping train dogs for Canine Coaches! Having a life-long love of dogs, Jill decided to get her training certification in 2012. Visit caninecoaches.com for more information.

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