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    Question Dreaming/nightmares

    My almost 5 month old pup is constantly having nightmares she is growling and doing the running motion. this is everytime she gets a good rest within about 30 mins. she is prettty good with other dogs once she knows them but scared at first. what does it mean? has she been attacked is that why she is so afraid?

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    No, it doesn't mean she has been attacked, a lot of puppies do it, some grow out of it as they get older, some do it their whole lives.

    We always joke that they are chasing rabbits in their sleep, the whimpering and yelping sometimes sounds like half hearted barking if you listen closely.

    When she does it just give her a gentle pat, that usually makes them stop without waking them up.

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    My Ori does this too at almost 2 years old. My cat also did it up until she passed away at 6 years old. I would just indicate this as dreaming. We dream about a lot of things ourselves that have never happened to us, (like unexplained nightmares) so it's only natural that dogs would too. Although they just might not understand exactly what it is or what's happening in their brain like we do.

    I usually just quietly pat him until he calms, or if you wait a while, you might see that it will ease and he'll be fast asleep and you won't hear a sound. It's the same like our multiple sleep stages. REM (Rapid Eye Movement) or the "dream stage" is one of the early stages before deep sleep.

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    No, it doesn't mean she has been attacked, a lot of puppies do it, some grow out of it as they get older, some do it their whole lives.
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    My maltese is 10 and she still dreams from time to time She wags her tail sometimes and I let her dream when it's a good dream. lol

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    I let mine continue to dream, it is a natural sorting and processing function of the brain and I believe it shouldnt be disturbed.

    I think they have shown in experiments that interupting humans and animals having this type of dreaming REM sleep is counterproductive to emotional and physical health.

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    Our grey runs in his sleep.

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