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Sleeping dogs dream of owners

Tuesday October 25th 2016

Like humans, dogs dream about events related to their day's experiences, according to an expert.

Dr Deirdre Barrett, a clinical and evolutionary psychologist at Harvard Medical School, said that as most dogs are very attached to their owners, it's likely they feature heavily in their dreams. Dogs moving their legs in their sleep are thought to be dreaming about chasing balls and playing fetch.

In contrast, cats are more likely to dream about catching mice and were frequently observed pouncing, arching their backs and hissing when in REM sleep.

"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," Dr Barrett told People magazine.

"It's a good bet this is also best for pets' dreams."

Over the course of the study, it was noted that small dogs dream more frequently and have shorter dreams and larger dogs dream less but for longer periods.

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2016