Can Dogs Have Nightmares?

Can Dogs Have Nightmares?

Dogs do have nightmares, and they can be just as scary for them as they are for us.

Signs of Dog Nightmares

Whining, whimpering, or growling in their sleep

What Causes Dog Nightmares?

Stressful events, such as moving, going to the vet, or being separated from their family

How to Help

Create a calm and relaxing sleeping environment for them.

Should I Wake My Dog 

In most cases, it's best not to wake your dog up from a nightmare. Doing so could startle them and cause them to lash out.

When to See a Vet

If your dog has frequent nightmares or if their nightmares seem to be causing them significant distress, it's important to see a veterinarian. 


Dog nightmares are common, and there are many things you can do to help your pup if they're having them.

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