Do dogs dream?

This amusing video makes it difficult to conclude otherwise. (Discovered via Jerry Coyne’s excellent Why Evolution is True.)

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  1. #1 by Moopheus on March 28, 2009 - 8:50 pm

    I’ve seen my cat fidget in his sleep like that, but not quite to that extreme.

  2. #2 by Shadow Caster on March 28, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    I thought everyone knew dogs have dreams. Funny vid :)

  3. #3 by george.w on March 28, 2009 - 9:02 pm

    Brought back memories. My old dog Shadow used to talk in his sleep – little grunts and woofs that sounded just like he was awake and exploring the underbrush behind my house.
    Miss that dog.

  4. #4 by D. C. Sessions on March 28, 2009 - 9:06 pm

    Wait ’till they get older. Some dogs (as my current 12yo) really lose their motor inhibition when they dream — and then you can watch as they run lying down, leap, bark, growl, and even twist their heads and snap at whatever.
    I just figure she’s having a great chase after bunnies or defending the pack against evildoers. Good for her.

  5. #5 by Devon on March 28, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    Wait ’till they get older. Some dogs (as my current 12yo) really lose their motor inhibition when they dream — and then you can watch as they run lying down, leap, bark, growl, and even twist their heads and snap at whatever.

    I’d read about that effect of deteriorated inhibition in older men and women, though more common in men. In one alarming case, a man beat his wife while dreaming, thinking he was saving her from an attacker.
    The funniest ones (if it’s not too cruel to chuckle at some misfortune) are the cats who chase invisible mice.

  6. #6 by Devon on March 28, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    Wait ’till they get older. Some dogs (as my current 12yo) really lose their motor inhibition when they dream — and then you can watch as they run lying down, leap, bark, growl, and even twist their heads and snap at whatever.

    I’d read about that effect of deteriorated inhibition in older men and women, though more common in men. In one alarming case, a man beat his wife while dreaming, thinking he was saving her from an attacker.
    The funniest ones (if it’s not too cruel to chuckle at some misfortune) are the cats who chase invisible mice.

  7. #7 by Dr. Kate on March 29, 2009 - 8:30 am

    Wow, and I thought my Sandy twitches a lot when she dreams! She also (like george’s Shadow) snuffles, groans, grunts, and even snores. She sometimes twitches so much she actually wakes me up because she makes the bed shake…

  8. #8 by Michael on April 7, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    Incidentally, dogs spend between 10% and 12% of their lives sleeping. Unless you’re one of my dogs, then you’ll spend closer to 75-80% of your life asleep. And no, I never medicate my pets! They are just really, really tired….

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