What goes through your pooch's mind as he lays fast asleep in his doggy bed? Well, you, probably.According to a Harvard clinical and evolutionary psychologist, Dr. Deirdre Barrett, dogs most likely dream just like people do. We take in information from our daily lives and replay them in occasionally bizarre or illogical ways.In an interview withPeople Magazine, she explains that while pretty much everything we know about animal dreams is speculative, most mammals have similar sleep cycles, including Rapid Eye Movement (REM) segments, where we dream.
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We tend to dream about things that are important or relevant to us in the moment, and since most of the time dogs are extremely attached to their humans, its likely that they dream about your face and making you happy!A researcher in the 1950s named Michel Jouvet did an experiment on cats where he altered the part of a cat's brain that inhibits motion during sleep.The cats became sleepwalkers during their stages of REM sleep. They seemed to pretend like they were catching mice, pouncing and hissing.
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We're extremely grateful that these kind of experiments are no longer being performed on dogs or cats, especially since you can see a similar phenomena of your pup acting out his dreams when he thrashes his legs.Dr. Barrett gives one final tip to make sure your furry friend has the best bedtime possible.
The best way to give ourselves or our children better dreams is to have happy daytime experiences and to get plenty of sleep in a safe and comfortable environment. It’s a good bet this is also best for pets’ dreams.
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H/t: Independent UK