Dissertation Topic: Do dogs dream?
Animals have been on this planet longer than we have. Dogs have been our partner in crime for as long as we can remember. They have never left our side and protected us from every danger that we encountered. Many people do not love dogs, whereas they are many who adore them. With dogs around and other animals who share compassion, we can never be loners, even if we never found the special one.
People are quite not sure if dogs can dream or not, this article will help answer all your questions.
Have you ever seen a sleeping dog and he/she suddenly let out a woof or starts twitching his/her legs? Wondering if that meant that he/she was dreaming? Scientists have suggested that there is evidence found that support the idea that dogs do, in fact, dream. This will be an interesting and unbelievable fact for those people who believe that animals have no emotions what so ever.
Researchers using an electroencephalogram (EEG) have tested canine brain wave activity during sleep. An electroencephalogram is a test used to detect electrical activity in the brain, be it human or animals. This activity is performed by using small, flat metal discs known as electrodes which will be attached to your scalp. The brain cells communicate with the help of electrical impulses and are active all the time, even when we are sleeping. This activity is recorded by the electroencephalogram as wavy lines. During the testing, they have discovered that dogs are similar to humans when it comes to sleep patterns and brain activity. Like humans, dogs are able to enter a deep sleep stage during which their breathing becomes more irregular and they experience REM (Rapid Eye Movement). During the REM sleep is when dreams occur both for dogs and humans, which may be accompanied by involuntary movements. Below are different meanings for the movements they make:
1. Move their legs as if they are running,
2. Whine when they are excited,
3. Breathe rapidly or hold their break for a short period of time.
However, not all dogs dream the same amount. Researchers have proven that small dogs dream more than big dogs. For example, a small dog may dream once every 10 minutes whereas a large dog may dream once in every 90 minutes. Small dogs dream frequently because they may be gathering newly acquired experience. We can never be sure what about what dogs dream about, but it is suggested that they dream consist of replaying everyday activities such as chasing, playing, eating etc.
Keep in mind that it is best to “let sleeping dogs lie” no one likes to be interrupted while sleeping.