What Does It Mean When You Dream About Dogs?
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’ve ever had a dream about a dog, you certainly wonder what the secret meaning behind such a dream is, especially if you have strong emotions related to dogs, no matter if you love them or hate them.
Dreams about dogs are quite common and they come in countless variations of scenarios. It’s important to remember every detail about your dog-related dream.
Dogs are amazing four-legged companions. They have been present in our lives for a long time.
These animals play many roles in people’s lives, in ancient times dogs shared food and shelter with people, helping us hunt other animals and protecting us from harm.
In modern times, dogs are both our helpers and our pets. It’s no surprise that dogs have strong symbolism in all cultures around the world.
In general, dogs have always been associated with concepts of loyalty, happiness, protection, generosity and guardianship.
In Chinese culture, there is the lucky dog, called the Fu dog. In the Chinese zodiac, the sign Dog is related to ideas of kindness, honesty, resourcefulness, and warmth.
In Celtic mythology, dogs were given healing powers.
In Christianity, dogs are considered unclean creatures, along with cats, but they are still prized as symbols of prosperity, future, and loyalty.
Let’s find out how these meanings can be linked to dreams related to dogs.
Dreams about dogs
Dreams about dogs and their hidden meanings and messages vary depending on the circumstances and particular details of the dream. It’s important to remember what the dog was doing and the dream, where you were, what your actions were, and what the general course of events was.
Did you feel good to see a dog or were you scared?
Just seeing a dog in a dream can have many meanings. Depending on what state the dog was in. Was he chasing you or were you friends with the dog?
In most cases, dreams about dogs are closely related to the meanings we ascribe to dogs in reality.
Dogs are ultimate symbols of friendship, loyalty, obedience, intuition, protection and even success.
Therefore, the basic interpretation of dreams related to dogs is generally positive. It can be applied to dreams where both you and the particular dog dream well. However, there are numerous scenarios in which dogs can appear in your dream.
Interpretations vary greatly depending on how you feel about these animals in your waking life.
For example, if you are afraid of dogs and have a dream in which a dog is chasing you, you certainly feel uncomfortable and scared. In this case, the dream may have some kind of negative meaning and the dog represents the fears and anxiety of his real life.
On the other hand, if you are a dog lover, the dream is probably positive if you simply see a dog or a dog hugging you and so on. Try to clearly understand how you feel about a particular dream in the first place.
If you have a specific dream related to a dog, you could better use our dream interpretation 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 the following paragraphs, we will try to explain, understand and interpret a number of variations on dog-related dreams.
If you find yourself in any of these scenarios, we’ll be happy to help you find the true meaning of your dreams. Let’s start with some basics.
Dream of seeing a happy dog
If you dream of seeing a happy, calm and cuddly dog, it doesn’t matter if you really like dogs or not, it’s a positive dream. We’ve already mentioned what concepts and ideas dogs symbolize.
So seeing a dog who appears happy and doesn’t want to hurt you is a good sign. Most likely, this is a dream of friendship and support.
This dream comes to remind you to value your relationships with people who love you and to feel good about having caring and supportive friends in your life.
A calm and happy dog is a symbol of loyalty, love, friendship, bonds and kindness. This dream reminds you to turn to your friends if you need help. You have people you can trust, so stop feeling like you’re alone in this life.
Even if you have distanced yourself from people, for whatever reason, you must go back to them. Maybe they keep their distance because they don’t want to bother you. Try to think about it.
On the other hand, seeing a happy dog can simply mean that all is well in your life or that there is a positive period ahead of you.
You generally feel satisfied and if it makes you anxious, because routine can do that, you should definitely relax, go with the flow and enjoy life. Your efforts and work are paying off now.
Since dogs represent love and friendship, you should probably spend more time with your family and other loved ones in your environment.
Dreams of playing with a dog
Dreams about a cute, playful dog are always positive. If you dream of a dog that wants to play with you or that is running towards you, that’s good news. You will likely have some positive surprises in your near future.
Maybe you meet someone new and interesting, make new friends. This dream can 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 are satisfied with themselves and those who know they have others to care for them often have dreams of playful dogs.
This dream can also mean that you will soon see someone you miss so much. It could be a relative or a good friend who has moved to another country, gone on a longer trip or something.
Perhaps you’ll surprisingly find someone from your past who you’ve always appreciated and respected.
Dreams of playing with a dog always mean a lot of positive things; they advertise meetings, new acquaintances, and generally good relationships with other people.
Dreams about a dog in your house
If you dream of a dog inside your house or in your garden, that dream can mean two completely different things.
If you’re just wondering that a dog is in your house, but the dog is fresh and friendly, this dream only confirms your good relationships with the people around you and your overall well-being.
This means that you are surrounded by good people and your life is harmonious. A happy, calm dog in your home and garden represents positive energy around you.
On the negative side, if the dog has made a mess inside your house, it means that your plans are being undone.
Something goes wrong in your life, but you still don’t know what relationships you have with people are toxic or what wrong steps you have taken in your life. This dream brings negativity or reflects negative thoughts into your waking life.
You may feel that you are losing control over your life and letting others do what they want with your plans and decisions.
Dreams about a barking dog
Dreams about dogs that bark have several 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 represents happy times, positive vibes, happy news and surprises.
This dream announces celebrations and good times spent with loved ones. If the dog in your dream barks in anger or too loudly, it means you are in desperate need of attention. You love being in the spotlight and want to control everything in your life.
This dream can also mean lack of attention from others and you feel neglected. Maybe you don’t know how to express your emotions in your waking life, maybe you’re too shy to do this, or something else is holding you back.
Try to think what it is that bothers you. Many people who feel vulnerable and lack the self-esteem to say out loud that they dream of a dog constantly barking.
Dreams about an angry dog
If you have a dream about an angry and angry dog, it means that someone in your immediate environment will do something bad that will have consequences for your life and your own emotions. Someone can hurt you by saying or doing something, perhaps even unintentionally.
On the other hand, this dream may mean that someone really wants the worst for you; a competitive colleague trying to screw up your plans, a person envious of your love life, material state or something.
Be very careful and observant in the next period and count your words.
If you dream of a dog growling at you, it means that you will not be able to avoid certain unpleasant situations in the near future. Most likely, you will have conflict with a person from your immediate environment, such as your workplace, school, or some other social environment.
This dream could mean that someone is jealous of your success and wants to make you feel like you don’t deserve it.
You feel threatened in reality, so you dream of being growled by a dog in your dream.
Dreams of being bitten by a dog
Dreams about being bitten by any animal indicate disappointment, loss, and generally negative things. If you dream of being bitten by a dog, it means that someone you trust might hurt or betray you.
This dream is a dream about great disappointments in people. The most negative interpretation is that this dream can even indicate incredible emotional losses, such as the breakdown of strong, long-term relationships and friendships or even the death of someone you know.
If a dog has bitten you by the leg, it means you are losing control over your life. You are losing self-confidence and the will to move forward. It makes you feel indecisive and vulnerable, susceptible to manipulation.
Other people have taken control of your steps and decisions and you just let them do it. You are very frustrated with this fact. This dream could be a wake-up call for you.
Dreams about a dying dog
Dreams about a dying or dead dog are sad and depressing, even if you generally don’t like these four-legged companions. If you dream of a dog that is sick and injured, it means that someone you care about is in some kind of trouble.
Perhaps someone you know is dealing with serious health problems or has major existential crises. You must be there to support and help them.
Sometimes this dream can reflect your instincts and intuition about such a situation, even if you are not aware that something is happening.
In most cases, dreams about a dead or dying dog indicate loss. It could be something that’s already happened and you just find it hard to deal with it, or something that’s about to happen; your courage says it can happen, but your heart and mind try to reject the thought.
Dreams about a dead dog can be your inner self’s way of telling you to let go of the past, to get over the grief over certain losses and get on with your life.