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What are dog dreams about?

Dogs are humans' best friends. Some are bigger than a person while others are smaller than a cat. The DreamWell Dream Dictionary is based upon insights from 1,200 dream symbols in over 200,000 dreams. Let’s see what the data has to say about dog dreams.

The word cloud above shows the words that are specifically associated with dog dreams. These are the words that make dog dreams unique compared to all other dream symbols. Just examining the graph and reading the words of dog dreams can be illuminating about show dogs affect our dreams. Be sure to check out the example dog dreams at the bottom of the page.

The circular bar chart above shows how dogs in a dream will affect dream content as compared to other dream symbols. Higher bars indicate that dog is more related to the specific symbol in the graph. Lower bars indicate that dog is less related to the specific symbol in the graph. Specifically, dog dreams have more animals than 99.9% of dream symbols, more peers than 97.8% of dream symbols, and more home than 90.0% of dream symbols. On the other hand, dog dreams have less human-made places than 85.1% of dream symbols, less strangers than 83.9% of dream symbols, and less schools than 82.3% of dream symbols. Notably, dreams of dogs are very social! Dog dreams contain more characters tan 90% of all other dream symbols. Dreams, in general, are very social. There are people or characters in almost every dream, so it is notable that dog dreams have are so social. Finally, dog dreams are associated with going to the bathroom! This may or may not be surprising. Going to the bathroom is a basic human need, so it makes sense that we dream about it sometimes. Still, this might hold some meaning in the dream. It all depends on the context. Every dream is unique. These are general patterns observed in an analysis of over 200,000 dreams. This analysis is a tool to help you make sense of your dreams. It is best to look at the differences. See how your dream of dogs is different than dreams of dogs in general.

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of dreams have dogs

How common are dog dreams?

4.9% of dreams have the dogs symbol within the dream. That's about 1 out of every 20 dreams. Considering all the dream symbols, it is relatively common.

Identification

How are dog dreams identified?

This symbol is identified by words like puppy, dog, and pup. This symbol is part of summary dream symbols characters and animals.

Most related

What is most related to dreams of dogs?

Dogs dreams are notable because they have substantially more puppies, black dogs, small dogs, big dogs, dead dogs, white dogs, pets, seeing a dead pet, Gimli, Fiji, emaciation than 95% of other dream symbols.

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What symbols least related to dreams of dogs?

Dogs dreams are notable because they have substantially less pheasants, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Somalia, dismissals, Uranus, Legolas, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Yoda than 95% of other dream symbols.

Deep dive into dog dreams

Get an overview of characters, emotions, places, events, dream events, and senses in dog dreams.

Who is in dreams of dogs?

Who is in dreams of dogs?

Dog dreams are much more related to animals, much more related to peers, and more related to family than dreams in general. They are less related to unnamed people and less related to strangers.

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What are the emotions in dreams of dogs?

What are the emotions in dreams of dogs?

Dreams of dogs are less related to embarrassment, less related to confusion, and less related to hatred.

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Where do dreams of dogs take place?

Where do dreams of dogs take place?

Dreams of dogs are more related to home than dreams in general. They are less related to work, less related to human-made places, and less related to natural places.

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What happens in dreams of dogs?

What happens in dreams of dogs?

Dog dreams are less related to friendly acts, less related to sex, and less related to disasters.

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How do dreams of dogs related to the type of dream it is?

How do dreams of dogs related to the type of dream it is?

Dog dreams are more related to bad dreams and more related to sad dreams than dreams in general. They are less related to lucid dreams, less related to recurring dreams, and less related to vivid dreams.

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How do dreams of dogs related the senses?

How do dreams of dogs related the senses?

Dreams of dogs are less related to vision.

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How can you make sense of dogs in dreams?

Dog dreams are relatively common. Among other things dog dreams are very social and associated with going to the bathroom. Do you think this is true for your dream of dogs? How might your dream of dogs be different?

All dreams have meaning

All dreams have meaning

You can gain insight from thinking about any dream, no matter how strange. Only you, as the dreamer, have final say on what your dream may or may not mean. Each dream is unique.

Look for the differences

Look for the differences

The DreamWell dictionary provides information on how each dream symbol appears in dreams in general. Finding how experience dogs in dreams can be a key to understanding its meaning.

Return to the feelings

Return to the feelings

Our emotions in dreams can help us understand its meaning. Pay attention to how you felt in the dream. Pay attention to how you feel about dogs in dreams. See how you feel about dogs now, in your waking life.

An interpretation of dog dreams

An interpretation of dog dreams

This interpretation is from ""The Dream Interpretation Dictionary: Symbols, Signs, and Meanings" and is provided by J.M. DeBord aka "RadOwl". He is the author of several acclaimed books about dreaming, the host of The Dreams That Shape Us podcast, and is a moderator of r/Dreams, one of the largest dream sharing communities on the internet. When you dream about a dog, same as with any animal, the symbolism can connect with a particular quality or characteristic of the animal. Some dog qualities like loyalty and approval-seeking are easy connections for dreams to make. Dogs are also protective, sometimes demanding. They can be expensive and yappy. Start there and branch out. Dogs are used as symbolism in dreams more frequently in relation to their positive associations, especially companionship, friendship, and devotion. Dreams can show something to be lacking, too, such as when a dog running away symbolizes loss of a friendship. Dogs are “man’s best friend.” That popular association can be used to describe something about a particular friend, the subject of friendship, or what sort of friend you are. The possibilities for symbolism are extensive. For example, a black dog can symbolize the shadowy, mysterious, or dark aspects of a friend. A sick dog can symbolize a neglected friendship. A dead dog can symbolize a dying or dead friendship. A growling or attacking dog can indicate a conflict with a friend. Following a dog can mean that a friend provides guidance or direction in your life. Buying a dog can symbolize buying your friends and companions. A friend’s dog in a dream can represent the friend. Then again, you might dream about that dog because of its traits or your experiences with it. Or the dog’s name connects it with someone else you know. A giant dog can symbolize oversized loyalty or admiration for a friend. Being followed by a dog can symbolize a friend who is a “follower.” Ignoring a dog can symbolize ignoring your instincts or ignoring a friend. A decapitated dog can symbolize that you are ignoring the advice of a friend. Being forced to kill a dog can symbolize pressure to do something that can jeopardize a friendship. See: Pets There are figures of speech to consider, too, like “going to the dogs” and “hair of the dog.” Dreams can act them out in scenes such as running with wild dogs, or brushing one and swallowing its fur. Also consider the breed of dog and your associations with it. A bloodhound can symbolize being “on the scent.” A Doberman can symbolize alertness. A yapping poodle can symbolize something small and annoying. A bulldog is relentless. A dog peeing on your bed can mean that someone close to you is disrespecting your ambitions and goals or attacking your character. Because dogs run in packs, dreaming about dogs—especially packs of dogs—can symbolize your social side, how you feel when among groups of people, and the role you play. Are you a leader, a follower, a watcher, an instigator? A pack of dogs barking loudly or acting out can symbolize squabbling and quarreling, especially among friends. A barking dog can symbolize grumpiness, or be a play on the phrase “barking orders.” You might need to go easier on people, or be less demanding. Alternately, someone needs to be less demanding of you. Barking can be a warning to watch out for danger or intrusion. You can tell the difference by how you feel about and respond to the barking. A dog chasing its own tail can mean an approach to something isn’t getting you anywhere. A dog bite to the leg can indicate lack of balance in your life, since legs are used for balance. A dog bite on the wrist can symbolize loyalty holding you back. A gentle bite can symbolize guidance or influence. Biting the hand can be a call to action, or symbolize the phrase “bite the hand that feeds you.” Such as when a friend you’ve been supporting does something to cross you. A dogfight can symbolize a conflict, or conflict of interest, between friends or in a group. See also: Animals, Attacking, Biting, Colors, Friends, Groups, Guiding, Pets, Puppies

Examples of dreams of dogs

Reading dreams is one of the best ways to understand dream symbols. Even though the DreamWell Dream Dictionary is based upon data, it is grounded in the experience of reading thousands upon thousands of dreams. We invite you to read examples of dog dreams for yourself. These dreams are actual dreams people have had. As result, they may contain racist, sexist, violent, or otherwise offense language and imagery. This can be true even for dog dreams. Read at your own risk.

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