You are sitting on your couch, and suddenly, you startle when you hear your pet cry. But, if she is asleep, why does she cry? Or will he have woken up? You settle a little more to get closer and make sure that he is really sleeping and yes, he is. How is it possible for a dog to cry while sleeping? Here we give you the reasons.
When does it happen and why?
Dogs can cry while they sleep, as well as simulate running or eating. This happens almost always in the REM phase of sleep, that is, when our subconscious begins to function. The same happens in humans when we have already passed the 90th minute of sleep, but in dogs it seems to have been proven to happen long before the 90th minute.
In this phase of sleep, there is rapid movement of the eyes, an acceleration of the heart, an increase in body pressure and a lack of control of the temperature. However, the rest of the body is paralyzed, because when we are asleep, the body has no ability to release an amino acid called glycine. This amino acid is responsible for the neurotransmitter function with the brain, by not releasing, this "paralysis" occurs.
During the REM phase, the most intense and deep dreams take place, causing involutionary movements of which your dog will not have proof. Although it is not fully confirmed, it seems that dogs dream in the same way that people do when they sleep and spend 20% of their time in the REM phase in each 30-minute cycle.
What do dogs dream of while they sleep?
It is difficult to know, because it is impossible for any dog to tell us. However, if we meditate on the daily activities of a dog, it is likely that their dreams are related to them. For example, a domestic dog that lives in a small apartment and goes out three times a day just to walk around the block, I could dream of two things: what anguishes him and what he wants. What anguishes him would be to feel locked in a small place.
This type of sleep could be the cause of your dog crying while sleeping. Or what you want: spend more time on the street running and playing with other dogs. I could cry with happiness because it seems that he is living what he wants or he could cry of sadness to know that it is not real. On the other hand, a hunting dog might dream that he can not catch a prey or that his master gets angry with him for it.
Either way, dogs dream while they sleep and these dreams make them have unexpected reactions and strange to us, as for example that they cry while they are submerged in a deep sleep.
What to do if your dog cries while sleeping?
If it's not the first time you see your dog crying while he sleeps, do not worry. This, as you have already seen, is nothing serious. It is a movement of our subconscious, in this case, that of your dog. For this, you should leave your pet alone and calm until it wakes up by itself. If you were to wake him up thinking that when he goes back to sleep he will rest better, it would be a mistake.
This could have two negative causes in your animal:
- I could bite you How do you react when someone unexpectedly comes to scare you? Your first reaction is very likely to turn to hit anyone, until you see that it was your friend, the funny turn. Well, your dog will react in the same way. If you wake up while you are dreaming, even if these dreams include crying, your animal's first reaction will be to bite. Yes, I could bite you, because he will not even stop to see if his owner bothers him or someone else.
- You can create a trauma. The animal could suffer a trauma when awakened abruptly while dreaming, relating sleeping deeply with something to which it must be afraid, so it could be difficult to sleep for the rest of its life and with it, be never well rested.
Crying while sleeping is normal and I would almost dare to say natural, that dogs do while they rest. Do not worry too much and just let it rest. Your pet will thank you.