For many people, dogs are adorable and irresistible creatures, our favorite pets and best friends in our waking lives. However, what does it mean to dream about dogs?
If you have ever had a dream about a dog, you certainly wonder what is the secret meaning behind such a dream, especially if you have strong emotions related to dogs, no matter if you love or hate them.
Dreams about dogs are fairly common and they come in numerous variations of scenarios. It is important to remember every detail about your dog-related dream.
Dogs are amazing four- legged fellows. They are being present in our lives since far past.
These animals play many roles in peoples’ lives, in ancient times, dogs were sharing food and shelter with people, helping us to hunt other animals and protecting us from danger.
In modern times, dogs are both our helpers and pets. It is not surprising dogs have strong symbolism in all cultures around the world.
Generally speaking, dogs have always been associated with concepts of loyalty, happiness, protection, generosity and guardianship.
In Chinese culture, there is the lucky dog, called Fu dog. In Chinese zodiac, the Dog sign is related to ideas of kindness, honesty, resourcefulness and friendliness.
In Celtic mythology dogs were ascribed healing powers.
In Christianity, dogs are considered impure creatures, along with cats, but they are still appreciated as symbols of prosperity, future and loyalty.
Let us find out how these meanings could be connected with dog-related dreams.
Dreams about dogs
Dreams about dogs and their hidden meanings and messages vary depending on circumstances and details in particular dream. It is important to remember what the dog was doing and the dream, where you were, what were your actions and what was the general course of events.
Did you feel good about seeing a dog or you were afraid?
Just seeing a dog in a dream could have various meanings. Depending on the state in which the dog was. Was it chasing you, or you were a friend with the dog?
In most of the cases, dreams about dogs are closely related to meanings we ascribe to dogs in reality.
Dogs are ultimate symbols of friendship, loyalty, obedience, intuition, protection and even success.
Therefore, basic interpretation of dog-related dreams is generally positive. It could be applied to dreams in which both you and the dog in particular dream are well. However, there are numerous scenarios in which dogs could appear in your dream.
The interpretations greatly vary depending on how you feel about these animals in your waking life.
For example, if you are afraid of dogs and you have a dream in which a dog is chasing you, you certainly feel uncomfortable and frightened. In that case, the dream could have some sort of negative meaning and the dog represents your real life fears and anxiety.
On the other hand, if you are a dog lover, the dream is probably positive, if you simply see a dog or a dog cuddles with you and so on. Try to clearly understand how you feel about particular dream in the first place.
If you have specific dog related dream, you could use our dream interpretation better to understand what your own dream was about. Dogs are a very common motif in many areas of our lives, including the dream realm.
In following paragraphs, we will try to explain, understand and interpret a number of dog-related dreams’ variations.
If you find yourself in any of these scenarios, we are glad to help you find the true meaning behi8nd your dreams. Let us begin with some basics.
Dream about seeing a happy dog
If you dream about seeing a dog that is happy, calm and cuddly, no matter if you like dogs in reality or not, it is a positive dream. We have already mentioned what concepts and ideas dogs symbolize.
Therefore, seeing a dog that appears content and that does not want to harm you is a good sign. Most likely, this is a dream about friendship and support.
This dream comes to remind you to value your relations with people who love you and to feel good about having caring and supportive friends in your life.
A calm, happy dog is a symbol of loyalty, love, friendship, bonds and kindness. This dream reminds you you should turn to your friends if you need help. You have people you can rely on, so stop feeling as if you are alone in this life.
Even if you have distanced yourself from people, for any reason, you should return to them. Perhaps they keep the distance, because they do not want to bother you. Try to think about this.
On the other hand, seeing a happy dog can simply mean everything is fine in your life or that there is a positive period in front of you.
You generally feel content and if this makes you anxious, because routine can do that, definitely, you should relax, go with the flow and enjoy life. Your efforts and work are paying off right now.
Since dogs represent love and friendship, you should probably spend more time with your family and other dear ones in your environment.
Dreams about playing with a dog
Dreams about a cuddly, playful dog are always positive. If you dream about a dog that wants to play with you or that is running towards you mean good news. You will probably have some positive surprises in your near future.
Maybe you will meet someone new and interesting, make new friends. This dream could also be a reflection of your harmonious state of mind in your waking life; you feel loved and cared for.
This dream is one of the most positive dreams in general. People who feel content about themselves and those who know they have others to care about them often have dreams about playful dogs.
This dream could also mean you will soon see someone you miss very much. It could be a relative or a good friend that has moved to another country, went on a longer trip or so.
Maybe you will surprisingly meet someone from your past, whom you have always appreciated and respected.
Dreams about playing with a dog always mean many positive things; they announce reunions, new acquaintances and generally good relations with other people.
Dreams about a dog in your home
If you dream about a dog inside your house or in your garden, this dream could mean two completely different things.
If you are just being surprised by the fact that a dog is in your home, but the dog is cal and friendly, this dream only confirms your good relations with people around you and your general well-being.
It means you are surrounded with good people and your life is harmonious. A happy and calm dog in your house and garden represents positive energy around you.
On a negative side, if the dog has made a mess inside your home, it means your plans are being torn apart.
Something goes wrong in your life, but you still do not know which relations you have with people are toxic or what wrong steps have you taken in your life. This dream brings negativity or it reflects you negative thoughts in your waking life.
You might be feeling like you are losing control over your life and let others do what they want with your plans and decisions.
Dreams about a barking dog
Dreams about barking dogs have various meanings. For example, if the bark is happy and the dog in your dream expresses joy and ‘calls’ you to play with it, it is a positive dream and it stands for happy moments, positive vibes, happy news and surprises.
This dream announces celebrations and good times spent with loved ones. If the dog in your dream barks angrily or too loudly, it means you are in desperate need of attention. You love to be in spotlight and you want to control everything in your life.
This dream could also mean you lack others’ attention and you feel neglected. Maybe you do not know how to express your emotions in your waking life, maybe you are too shy to do that or something else is stopping you from doing so.
Try to think what is it that bothers you. Many people who feel vulnerable and lack self-esteem to say their mind aloud have dreams about a dog barking constantly.
Dreams about an angry dog
If you have a dream about a furious, angry dog, it means someone from your close environment will do something bad that will have consequences on your life and your own emotions. Someone could hurt you by saying or doing something, maybe even unintentionally.
On the other hand, this dream could mean someone really wishes all the worst to you; a competitive colleague trying to spoil your plans, a person jealous of your love life, material state or so.
Be very careful and observant in the following period and count your words.
If you dream about a dog growling at you, it means you will not be able to avoid certain unpleasant situation in near future. Most likely, you will have conflict with a person from your close environment, such as your workplace, school or some other social environment.
This dream could mean someone is jealous of your success and wants to make you feel like you do not deserve it.
You feel threatened in reality, so you dream about being growled at by a dog in your dream.
Dreams about being bitten by a dog
Dreams about being bitten by any animal indicated disappointments, losses and generally negative things. If dream about being bitten by a dog, it means someone you trust could hurt you or betray you.
This dream is a dream about great disappointments in people. The most negative interpretation says this dream could even indicate incredible emotional losses, such as breakup of strong and long relationships and friendships or even death of someone you know.
If a dog has bitten you by your leg, it means you are losing control over your life. You are losing self-confidence and will to move on. It makes you feel indecisive and vulnerable, susceptible to manipulation.
Other people have taken control over your steps and decisions and you simply let them do that. You are very frustrated by that fact. This dream could be a waking call for you.
Dreams about a dying dog
Dreams about a dying or a dead dog are sad and depressing, even if you are generally not fond of these four-legged fellows. If you dream about a dog that is ill and hurt, it means someone whom you care for is in trouble of some sort.
Maybe a person you know deals with serious health issues or has great existential crises. You should be there to support and help them.
Sometimes this dream could reflect your instincts and intuition about such a situation, even if you are unaware something is happening.
In most of the cases, dreams about a dead or dying dog indicate loss. It could be something that has already happened and you simply find it hard to deal with it or something that is about to happen; your guts say it could happen, but your heart and mind try to reject the thought.
Dreams about a dead dog could be the way of your inner self to tell you to let go of the past, to overcome sadness about certain losses and move on with your life.