Apparently our dogs dream about us, and awwww forever

If you’ve ever wondered what your beloved canine friends dreams about when they rest their little heads at night, this news will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Harvard expert has some answers: Our dogs are most likely dreaming about…us! Okay, remember when science figured out why dogs love to stick their heads out of car windows, or how they can read your face? Yup, learning about the intricacies of doggie behavior is rewarding stuff.

Dr. Deirdre Barrett is a Clinical and Evolutionary Psychologist at Harvard Medical School, and she claims that dog dreams are actually pretty similar to human dreams; in that they dream about important things in their lives.

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

In the interview, Barrett also talks about how dogs sometimes dream that they’re running. Most pet owners have probably noticed their dog moving and shaking in their sleep from time to time. The likely scenario is they’re chasing a ball and having the time of their lives!

You might be wondering how to ensure your dog has the most amazing dreams possible — and the key is giving them lots of fun exercise during the day, so that they hit their pillow feeling content and happy.


"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."

Awwww! We need to go find a dog to hug, ASAP.

H/T: Uproxx