Last night my dog Jake began twitching his legs and barking in his sleep. Chances are you've experienced this with your dog too. It brings up the obvious question: do dogs dream? Was Jake dreaming of chasing rabbits or eating milk bones?
I think the answer is probably yes. In my view, there isn't as much difference between animals and people as we'd like to believe, especially when you're talking about a smart animal like a dog. In this interesting article, the question is discussed in detail. Interestingly, adult dogs spend 10-12 percent of their sleep in REM sleep, which is the kind of sleep that involves dreaming in humans.
Well, I think its obvious that dogs dream. But I hope they don't have nightmares!
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