If you’re a dog owner/lover, you will know just how adorable your pup looks when they’re sleeping, with their twitchy noses and legs pretending to run.
Well experts have finally announced what dogs dream about and it’s everything we wanted and more.
The latest research suggests that when dogs sleep, they are dreaming about their humans.
This brand new information was published in People magazine’s interview with an expert from Harvard University.
Dr Deirdre Barrett revealed the information and says while there is no way of knowing for sure, it is safe to say our four-legged friends dreams draw from everyday experiences, just like us.
“Humans dream about the same things they’re interested in by day, though more visually and less logically,”
“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,” Dr. Deirdre Barrett told People magazine.
Since being published, the excerpt from the article has had more than 60,000 re-tweets from dog lovers who are just too happy to know what they’re canines are dreaming about.
However it’s a little different with cats.
Dr Barrett says that past research shows that cats are more likely to dream about hunting mice.
“We actually know more about cats dreams.”
“Cats lay quietly through the other stages of sleep, and when REM begins, they leap up, stalk, pounce, arch their backs and hiss. They look like they are hunting mice in their dreams.”
Just like humans, dogs can also have bad dreams if they are unhappy, so Dr Barrett also gave suggestions on how pet owners should make sure their furry friends dreams are good.
“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.”
Studies have previously shown that the size of a dog can have an impact on how long it dreams.
Medium size dogs have a 20 minute sleep cycle, meaning you can often see them moving around. However smaller dogs dream more frequently and have shorter dreams in comparison to large dogs, who dream less but sleep more.
The average adult dog can sleep anywhere between 12 and 14 hours a day – so it’s time to give your doggies the best days so they can have lovely dreams.