People believe that dogs are just like us humans!
They dream the way we do.
If you own a dog, you must have noticed how your dog quivers, twitches in sleep — giving the impression that he is chasing after someone in his dream.
Dogs too, go through three stages of sleep: rapid eye movement (REM), non-rapid eye movement (NREM), and short-wave sleep (SWS).
Because at structural level our brains are similar to that of dogs. Therefore, they go through the same stages and have the same brain wave pattern.
If you find your dog breathing heavily while sleeping, he is in the short-wave sleep stage (SWS).
Theories have shown that when dogs dream, they are in the rapid eye movement (REM) cycle of sleep and the twitching or moving their paws is a sign of dreaming.
Let’s take a look at what a dog’s dreams are like?
We know that the electrical activity in the brain causes dreams; this also holds true for dogs. Their dreams are a succession of images too.
While this can occur during any stage of sleep, vivid dreams, however, occur when dogs enter a deep stage sleep where they start breathing heavily and have other involuntary movements such as rapid eye movements, moving all four of their paws.
This stage is also called the rapid eye movement (REM) stage for this matter.
Now, that we have established that dogs dream too, the nature of these dreams is not known to man.
Obviously, we can’t have a dog explain and tell us the details of his dreams. So, we can only assume that their dreams consist of their daily activities such as chasing after something, playing and eating.
Similar to how our dreams are centered around our daily activities.
Are you wondering if your dog ever dreams of you?
It is possible because dogs relive the moments that happened while they were awake. So whatever they saw or did can come up while they are dreaming. This explains the twitching and the other movements they make while dreaming.
If you spend more time with them and include your dog in your daily activities, they are more likely to dream of you.
Do all dogs dream the same?
The frequency and duration of the dream depends on their size and age.
Research shows that smaller and younger dogs dream more frequently as compared to larger and older ones since they take naps more often.
But their dreams don’t last as long as an older dog’s would. For example, a Maltese may dream every ten to twenty minutes which will last for almost five minutes whereas, a German Shepherd dreams every two hours which lasts for a longer time period.
Understanding a dog’s sleep cycle
For the longest time, people have believed that only humans are capable of dreaming.
But that is not true; studies have shown that dreaming is common in most of the vertebrates.
How does my dog sleep so much?
Do you envy your dogs, watching them sleep peacefully all the time?
This is because we have different sleep cycles; us humans can sleep for long uninterrupted hours. While dogs do sleep longer than us, but they don’t sleep at a long stretch. Their sleep is broken down into several short intervals.
Mostly, dogs copy our sleeping pattern, but often we find them sleeping through the day because they don’t get enough sleep at night.
Do dogs have nightmares too?
While this hasn’t been scientifically proven yet, but you can tell when your four-legged friend is having a bad dream. Probably when they are screaming and kicking in their sleep.
Remember, to not wake them up abruptly when they are having a bad dream as it can cause more damage and scare them even further.
However, if you want to help your dog and calm them down; use CBD treats and oil. They have been proven beneficial by many dog owners and veterinarians.
CBD Oil has several other benefits too:
CBD dog treats and CBD oil can help calm an anxious dog, but what is the treatment for calming down an anxious person?
An emotional support animal
An emotional support animal (ESA) is a support/companion animal or an assistance animal which provides comfort and companionship to an individuals suffering from mental and emotional disabilities such as anxiety, depression, panic attack, etc.
An emotional support animal is typically a dog or a cat but other animals including miniature horses, rabbits and ducks have been seen too.
However, an ESA isn’t the same as your pet dog. While an ESA doesn’t need to go through special training but in order to keep an ESA, you must have a valid and legitimate “ ESA Letter. ”
An ESA Letter is a prescribed letter that you can obtain from a licensed mental health professional or any other licensed therapist like a psychiatrist, psychologist, etc. However, your family doctor isn’t allowed to write an ESA letter for you.
This letter states why having an ESA is essential for your well-being and mental health.
There is a misconception when it comes to keeping an ESA. People are confused between an “ESA Letter” and “ESA Registration,” as several websites offer registering your pet in their database.
It is important to understand that ESA Registration is not a thing and the law only requires you to possess a valid ESA Letter in order to keep an emotional support animal.
To qualify for an emotional support animal Letter, an individual must be suffering from an emotional/mental disability, including:
Benefits of an ESA Letter
Once you have obtained a legitimate ESA Letter, you will be protected by certain laws.
There are several federal laws applicable to ESA owners and their ESA; the fair housing act and the air carrier access act.
Under the fair housing act, an ESA owner is allowed to live wherever he/she desires. The landlord’s “no pet” policy does not apply to them.
In addition, to that, a landlord can not discriminate or ask for pet fee or other additional charges for their ESA.
Keeping a pet substantially limits the owner since finding a pet housing facility isn’t easy. It’s better to keep an ESA if you qualify as the Landlord cannot deny you housing.
You can also travel with your ESA dog taking them with you on flights. The air carrier access act protects the right of an ESA owner to travel with their ESA, without the Airlines asking them for additional charges.
Are emotional support dogs same as service dogs?
The answer to that is no. Service dogs are individually trained to perform specific tasks to assist people with physical disabilities. Whereas, emotional support dogs don’t go through any sort of training
Service dogs are typically used as guide dogs for the blind or hearing dogs who are trained to identify sounds and alarm people with hearing impairment. Or therapy dogs that aren’t trained to perform specific tasks, but visit people in different places who are in difficult situations and they help provide them comfort and calm them down.
Is your emotional support animal a cat?
You cat dreams too; if you ever find them twitching in their sleep know that they are dreaming.
Now, the question is what does your furry-friend dreams about?
Probably, cat food?
Since cats sleep so much throughout the day, they don’t even realise that they have been dreaming or that their dreams were not real.
Does your dog/cat also take frequent naps, making sudden movements and sounds? Do you think they are dreaming of you?
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