Do dogs dream?

As much as we want to, we can't get Rover to tell us what's going on when he starts running in his sleep or making those adorable little *boof* sounds. However, educated guesses suggest that they're dreaming just like we do. Letting sleeping dogs lie and then monitoring their brain activity reveals patterns similar to sleeping humans. Like us, they also have a part of the brain called the pons, which keeps us from acting out our dreams (most of the time). It seems to function the same in dogs — puppies and older dogs seem to dream the most because the pons isn't as active in those dogs as it is in adult dogs.

Dogs enter REM sleep about 20 minutes into their sleep cycle, and even if they aren't running in their sleep, you should still be able to see signs that there's something going on in there. From eye twitches to ear twitches and those little barks, they're dreaming. What's more, it's thought that dogs are dreaming about what's most important to them. A dog that spends his day hiking is likely dreaming about wandering through the woods, while one that lounges in the kitchen all day is probably dreaming about dinner. One Harvard psychologist suggests that closely bonded dogs are likely dreaming about their favorite person. Seriously, can they be any more perfect?