Dogs can cry while they sleep, as well as simulate running or eating. This almost always happens in the REM phase of sleep, that is, when our subconscious begins to function. The same occurs in humans when we have already exceeded 90 minutes of sleep, but in dogs it seems to have been proven to happen long before 90 minutes.
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 temperature control. 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, when not released, this "paralysis" occurs.
During the REM phase, the deepest and deepest dreams take place, causing involved movements of which your dog will not have a record. Although it is not fully confirmed, it seems that dogs dream the same way 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 a dog's daily activities, it is most likely that his dreams are related to them. For example, a domestic dog that lives in a small apartment and goes out three times a day just for a walk around the block, You could dream of two things: what distresses you and what you want. What anguish it would be to feel locked in a small place.
This type of dream 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. He could cry with happiness because he seems to be living what he wants or he could cry with sadness to know that it is not real. On the other hand, a hunting dog might dream that he cannot catch a prey or that his master is angry with him for it.
Either way, Dogs dream while they sleep and these dreams make them have unexpected reactions and strangers to us, such as crying while immersed in a deep sleep.
What to do if your dog cries while sleeping?
If it is not the first time you see your dog crying while sleeping, do not worry. This, as you have seen, is nothing serious. It is a movement of our subconscious, in this case, that of your dog. Therefore, you should leave your pet alone and calm until he wakes up on his own. 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 scares you? Your first reaction is most likely to turn to hit anyone, until you see that it was your friend, the funny one on duty. Well, your dog will react the same way. If you wake him up while he is dreaming, even if these dreams include crying, your animal's first reaction will be to bite. Yes, he could bite you, because he won't even stop to see if it's his owner who 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 be afraid of, so it could cost you to fall asleep for the rest of your life and with it, not Never be well rested.
Crying while they sleep is normal and I would almost dare to say natural, what dogs do while they rest. Don't worry too much and just let it rest. Your pet will thank you.
What to do to stop your dog from crying at night
Below I will give you a series of basic tips applicable to all cases and that They work if they are applied correctly and consistently.
- Satisfy your basic needs: This means that your dog must eat and drink the necessary amounts (neither more nor less) a couple of hours before you go to sleep. Once you have finished eating and drinking you must remove it. If you do not, it will continue to eat and drink hours later, which means that it will claim you to urinate, whatever time it is.
- Practice exercise and games: I won't get tired of repeating how good it is to play with your dog and practice exercises or sports with him. Especially when we talk about anxiety, nervousness or hyperactivity problems. Long walks, games with the ball, swimming etc ... are excellent activities that you can do with your dog shortly before the hours of sleep. You will discover how relaxed your dog is and how good it is for your overall health.
- Less attachment, give your dog more independence: I don't want this to be cruel, but it is important that your dog has his space, his free time and that he learns to be alone. This will avoid problems such as separation anxiety and enhance a healthier and mentally stronger dog.
- Examine your dog: Check that your dog does not have injuries, wounds or cuts in any part of his body. Examine its paws well, especially among them, because of an object or anything that could be hurting your dog. Check that it has neither fleas nor ticks, which can be very annoying for your dog.
- Ignore your claims: when we have verified that everything is in order, your dog has no health problems and simply does it to seek our attention you should ignore it. Dogs must learn to be alone. But if you decide to take it to your room because it is a puppy and you want it to be with you, please do not put your dog to bed as you will set a bad precedent and can be the source of major problems. Remember, dogs should sleep on the floor and in their own bed.
If you have already tried everything ...
If you have applied these tips for a prudent time and yet you have not noticed any changes, it is possible that your dog has a health problem, such as a disease or condition that may be affecting him. Then It is advisable to visit the veterinarian to perform a check-up and rule out any type of problem.