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Posted: 12/6/2007 3:06:32 AM EDT
So I was sound asleep until my dog freaked out a few minutes ago. After she woke up she was acting very skittish and it took several minutes to calm her down. I can't find any reason for her to be afraid. She's usually only afraid of loud noises (like thunder) or sudden flashes of light outside, neither of which happened. Can dogs have nightmares?
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:07:48 AM EDT
why not?

they certainly dream
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:08:23 AM EDT
Of course
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:11:23 AM EDT
Yes.

You can see them walk/run in their sleep too.

It probably had a horror story dream where you could only get dog food made in China.
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:12:10 AM EDT
Yep, old SkunkTarget as he will now be known has dreams. He will shake and even try to bark in his sleep.

Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:12:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Smead:
Yes.

You can see them walk/run in their sleep too.

It probably had a horror story dream where you could only get dog food made in China.


Or maybe she was food in China.
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:14:48 AM EDT
Heck Yes,what do you think when there eyes are twitching around in there silent naps and sleep,,,they dream too and sure they have some bad ones,,,it's OK
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:18:30 AM EDT
ive seen my dog "yipe" when he was asleep. I guess he was dreaming that BURLEY was shooting him for being to loud.
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:20:05 AM EDT
I always laugh when I see my dog running in his sleep.
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:27:03 AM EDT
My dog makes a bunch of weird noises when he is alseep
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:29:44 AM EDT
My dog is always twitching and making woofing sounds while sleeping--whether or not he's having a nightmare is anyone's guess. He could be simply chasing after a squirrel for all I know.

But if they dream, I'm sure like us that bad ones happen from time to time.
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:30:54 AM EDT
wouldn't shock me

my dog has even half way barked really. odd sound it was a high pitced "irf" but i do think they can have nightmares if they can dream
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:38:30 AM EDT
I'm sure they can. I had a dog who would growl, yelp and howl in her sleep, but rarely made any noise when she was awake. If she was twitching and growling, I could pet her to wake her up and she'd look around and stop.
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:47:22 AM EDT
If a dog dreams that a cop shoots them, does the dog die?
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:49:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By webtaz99:
If a dog dreams that a cop shoots them, does the dog die?


Only if they are falling off the bed and hit the floor at the same time.

My dog dreams and has her fur stand straight up, Growls, I will tell her to get'em Cisco and she will wag her tail.
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:54:17 AM EDT
My dog dreams all the time, he looks like he's trying to "run" in his sleep. He wakes me up from kicking his legs. I see no reason for a dog to have a nightmare ... like being attacked by a GIANT cat.

Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:57:27 AM EDT
My dog twitches and growls in his sleep fairly regularly. I am pretty sure he is dreaming.
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 3:57:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/6/2007 4:02:52 AM EDT by AR_Rifle]
I bet she was chased by cats in her nightmare.

Link Posted: 12/6/2007 4:04:25 AM EDT
My beagle barks, cries and whines occasionally during dreams, if we tell him "it's ok" he stops crying and gets good sleep.
Link Posted: 12/6/2007 4:10:01 AM EDT
My dog dreams in her sleep. Kicks, barks, and wines all the time.

When I was growing up, we had 2 GSDs, and they did the same thing.
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