Can a puppy have bad dreasm ? when my little guy goes of to sleep he starts making crying sounds. Its as if something is upsetting him. Should i wake him, i have heard you should let a puppy sleep. I dont want to make him jump, I have been been patting him telling him its o.k any tips?
dogs dream. twitching and wimpering and other little noises are normal and not indicative of a bad dream. sometimes my dogs will 'run' in their sleep or make like their digging or wag their tails wildly. Dalia has never had a bad dream that I know of but I think mazel has before, she has woken up ubruptly and then been very sucky and all she wants is to sit on me and keep herself awake. I am not sure if it was a nightmare but it seems to be. just wimpering though is totally normal and he can sleep through it, when they are in a deep sleep they may jump if you wake them up, it realy isnt necissary, he is probubly chasing a squirrel or doing something else fun :)
***Edited By: emma_567 on 4/25/2005 5:29:29 PM*** Reason: typo
Yah....you are nuttier than a Central Park squirrel eating fermented acorns..just kidding.
Most of my dogs have done almost exactly what you described. Wouldn't call of these dreams bad though. My old Bullmastiff would make those noises, move and twitch his paws and almost have a smile on his face if you can believe that. As far as waking them up..time for the oldest and most appropriate cliche' in dogdom..."let sleeping dogs lie" ..my opinion anyway. Glad you asked that..brought back some cute memories.
Lol~ Beau added a new "trick" to the dreams yesterday. He was zonked out next to my computer chair and suddenly I heard this low, throaty growl! Thought it was Arwen, nopw, Beau..not sure what danger he was warding off, but guess it worked, he stopped after a minute or so!
Actually it is called "Activated Sleep" and it is how young puppies get their fair share of excercise since they sleep a good majority of their day. In newborns you WANT to see activated sleep as it is a sign that you have a healthy puppy with strong muscles. Usually the activated sleep patterns stay heavy through puppy hood and will slow down as they hit adulthood so that they only occasionally "dream" but we do have a Springer Spaniel that 11 years old still "chases bunnies" frequently.
Anyway - it is perfectly normal!
***Edited By: abbylynne on 4/25/2005 9:48:40 PM*** Reason: miss spelled word
All my dogs twitch and whimper in their sleep. The dog that freaked me out the most though was Blaze she would jerk in her sleep and whine... one time I thought for sure I heard my name being whispered. Creeped me out. Got the chills and everything
***Edited By: BluHusky on 4/25/2005 9:52:35 PM*** Reason: EEEEEP!
The first time harvey did it i thought he was having a fit it scared the life out of me..i ws abit of a over stressed over worked emotional mummy at the time hence the over reaction.. but now ive calmed down and everytime he does it i get all squishy watching his paws going the clappers its so sweet. It freaks me out though when his eyes are half open and rolling around and he does a low growl in his sleep. He is such a quiet dog when hes awake it always makes me jump. ~Twinkletoes