Dream Series: Interpreting Dreaming of Dogs

Animals are our greatest companions so when we dream of them it often reflects the primal urges within us. Our basic needs, emotions, and instincts are brought to the surface in our dreamscape. Often the animal you dream of will bring a sense of comfort but there are times when the animal you dream of will need to be more forceful to get your attention. It doesn't mean the animal wants to harm you, it wants to give you a message, albeit with an aggressive delivery.  

We are a nation of dog lovers and our faithful companions in life will often show up in our dreams too  

What does it mean?  

To interpret your animal dream take note of your surroundings in the dream, are you inside or outside? Is the animal at a distance or in your face? Is the animal malnourished or healthy? Is it a house pet or wild animal? Most people will dream of a childhood pet who has passed on. These dreams usually occur during difficult phases in our lives and your childhood friend is offering you some sympathy and encouragement. Dreaming of wild animals indicates a lack of freedom of expression while dreaming of domesticated animals can indicate a feeling of being burdened by responsibilities. Any suppression of emotions in your waking life will result in dreaming of an animal attacking you.    

As with all dreams, your circumstances will give a greater meaning. Therefore, keep your third eye open for smaller symbols within your dream. Note any pictures on the walls, smaller creatures and animals, language, numbers, and colors. These smaller details can piece together a more coherent meaning for you.    

Dreaming of Dogs  

We are a nation of dog lovers and our faithful companions in life will often show up in our dreams too. Over 48.2 million households own a dog in the US and most of us will grow up around a dog or two, whether it’s our own or neighbors, they are one of our most trusted allies on earth. But what does it mean when they pop up in our dreams? It’s probably no surprise that dogs symbolize loyalty, trust, and unreserved love. Generally, when dreaming of dogs it indicates your positive intentions in life and a reminder not to stray off your moral path. It can also mean you’ve been neglecting your talents and gifts. Is there something you enjoyed in your younger years that you’ve forgotten? Consider picking it up again as it could bring you great success.   

If you dream of a dog biting your ankles it can mean you’re experiencing some confusion in life. Perhaps you have to choose between certain options and the correct one in unclear. To regain balance again, consider sharing your unease with trusted loved ones to help you get clarity on the situation.    

Dreaming of dogs symbolizes generosity, loyalty, protection, and intuition

To dream of a happy barking dog is an indication of a joyous social gathering about to take place. Your social life is blooming or about to and there’s lots of fun ahead. Use these social opportunities to network and make new contacts and friends. However, if the dog is angry and fierce it can reflect your desire to control every situation in life. Maybe you’re making too many demands of those close to you? It can also be a warning to look at those around you, do you enjoy happy, healthy relationships with open communication? Or are there some people who you would be better off without? A barking dog is warning you or asking for something, but what?  

Dreaming of a dead dog signifies the loss of personal relationships that are valuable to you. That gut instinct you have is being diluted somehow and the dream wants you to reconnect with your true self. You may need to reestablish personal boundaries for self-preservation.    

To dream of sending your dog away means there could be an opportunity in the future where you could betray someone's trust and hurt them. This means you will need to stop and reflect on your actions to do the right thing.   Dreaming of a wild dog can indicate an impending fight with a close family member or friend. They will use guilt to sway you to their way of thinking. They want to make you feel as if you’ve done something wrong even though you haven't. After dreaming of a wild dog it’s best to avoid going into much detail when talking to loved ones. Tell them the bare minimum and let the situation blow over.   

They have come to your dream to guide you on your path in life

To dream of a white dog indicates that your friends love you and are trustworthy, you can rely on them to remain loyal to you. This dream is a reminder to show those close to you how much you care and appreciate them.   

To dream of a black dog can mean someone close to you is about to show you their true colors, their negative actions are about to be brought to light. This dream means you will soon see someone for who they truly are. Remain on your guard so you don't get taken advantage of.    

Dreaming of dogs symbolizes generosity, loyalty, protection, and intuition. They bring knowledge of the self to awareness while bringing comfort, protection, and sometimes warnings. They have come to your dream to guide you on your path in life. Dreaming of dogs is a positive sign even if the general meaning is inauspicious, the outcome is for your betterment.