Beacon Transcript – Man’s best friend is the common appellative for dogs, but it may, in fact, be closer to the truth than we thought as scientists discover that dogs might actually be dreaming about their owners.
The new study came from Deidre Barrett, Harvard University’s psychologist, and states that our furry friends not only have dreams, but they may be dreaming about their owner.
The surprising find could come to cement the widespread belief that these animals have a strong bond with the people that care for them.
The fact that animals dream is not new. Previous studies have demonstrated that animals, in general, share a common dream experience with that of humans.
Similar to us, they go through a deep sleep phase when the brain’s activity registers lower levels. They also have shown signs of REM.
REM, or rapid eye movement, is the phenomena which usually announces the presence and the time of dreams. Pet owners can easily attest to the presence of dreams during their animals’ sleep periods, as dogs usually move their legs during such moments.
The common belief is that the pets dream of running or moving about, which causes them to perform the respective action even in their sleeping state.
As most specialist tend to agree to the fact that dreams would actually be irrational sequences which are in connection with our everyday life real problems and concerns, Professor Barrett would apply the same theory to the dogs’ dreams.
As most dream elements are related to the most important things going on in life, Barrett reached the conclusion and suggested that, most likely, the important factor in a dog’s life is his owner. Consequently, she believes that they are the pets’ most probable dream subjects.
The fact that dogs are very attached to their human owners is an easily seen fact, so the researchers suggest that the pets are most likely dreaming of either pleasing, or annoying the humans, or sensing their smell and seeing their faces.
As Deidre Barrett suggests, it would now be much easier to ensure an animal’s good dreams. As is the case with humans, a good day will most likely come with a good night’s sleep and pleasant dreams.
So it would probably be true in the case of man’s best friend as well, and the easiest way of ensuring that dogs have sweet dreams is if they have a happy day.
Will the readers be more focused on the daily habits and activities of their dogs now that they know they may be dreaming about them?
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