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Dogs dream about their owners, says scientist






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An expert thinks she knows the secret of what dogs dream about. A psychologist did research into dog dreams. She concluded that dogs dream about their owners. She also said dog dreams were similar to human dreams. She said humans and dogs dream about things that interested them during the day. She added: "It's likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you." She said pets need happy experiences so they have nice dreams.

The psychologist said we don't know what dogs or humans see in their dreams. Research is based on the fact that dogs and humans have a sleep cycle. This includes a period of activity called REM (Rapid Eye Movement). This is when we dream. The psychologist said dogs probably dream during their REM. She also said dogs move about while they are asleep because they are acting out their dreams. Their legs move in a running motion.

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