Dream interpretation has been a subjective art for many, many years.

One person might say your teeth falling out means you’re stressed about money, whilst Freud might have said it meant you’re secretly in love with your dad – it’s not an exact science.

But if you’re interested in trying to get a little clarity regarding what your dreams could mean, then we’ve some information that might enlighten you.

Animal dreams usually symbolise your feelings, behaviours and reactions. What’s the link? Well these dreams tend to be about instinct and repressed or overlooked feelings that you might not have considered otherwise.

Dreams that include animals are often indicators of your ‘shadow side’, which is the side of you that is often hidden during the day.

Just like your favourite companion, dog dreams are often linked with the basic instinct towards friendship, loyalty and protection. In some dreams you might embody the dog, whilst in other cases they might represent other people in your life.

So what does your dream mean? Let’s take a look at a few examples:

If you’ve ever experienced an aggressive dog in your dreams, it’s important that you refer to the context to decipher the hidden meaning. It could be that you or someone you know is being disloyal, you might be experiencing inner conflict or you don’t trust someone around you.

A happily barking dog could symbolise social pleasure and feeling accepted into a group, whilst a dog barking angrily could mean that you feel like you’re being demanding and controlling.

Getting a dog in your dream could mean that you’re feeling lonely and want more companionship if your life.

If you’re part of a pack of dogs, this symbolism of being part of a group could suggest that you’re searching for belonging – perhaps you want to reconnect with an old friend or family member?

The comfort of rubbing the belly of a dog symbolises a relationship in which you feel at ease and totally trust the other person.

If you’re lucky enough to have a cute puppy make an appearance during your kip, it could represent your ability to nurture.

If that’s a little too vague for you and a specific breed has cropped up, then you’ll be interested to know that each breed can have a different meaning:

Dachshund

People who dream about Dachshunds are often rational and grounded, and these types of dream highlight the loyalty and devotion you feel towards other aspects of your life.

German Shepherd

Similarly to what you’d expect from the breed, seeing a German Shepherd in your dream could suggest that you’re feeling protective and alert. You might be feeling very open towards a specific idea or it might highlight how easily influenced you are by others.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are known to be one of the friendliest and loyal dog breeds out there. So when they appear in your dreams, think of it as a positive omen about a friendship that is important to you.

Sweet dreaming!