Sometimes after my dog has just woken up he seems afraid of us and doesn’t want to cuddle. We wondered whether he might have had a bad dream, is this possible?
Dogs have dreams, just like we do. Studies of their brains’ electrical activity and eye movements show that they have the same patterns of sleep – and dreaming – as ourselves.
Sometimes dogs show external signs of dreaming – such as paddling their legs, or twitching. Other times, they look as if they are sleeping peacefully while they are having intense dreams, or even perhaps nightmares. When a dog wakes up from a dream, it can take two or three minutes for them to fully realise that they are wide awake, back in the real world.
Respect his wishes at these times; leave him to gather himself, staying near him so that once he’s full awake, he can come up to you for that reassuring hug.
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