Dreams are a normal phenomenon that we experience while we sleep. While sometimes they may contain a mixture of replays and thoughts from our subconscious mind, some specific dreams also have significant meanings attached to them.
Sigmund Freud, considered the father of psychology, argued in his book The Interpretations of Dreams that the images and events a person sees in their dreams are symbols of their unconscious desires.
Dogs are loving, loyal and kind animals and it is quite common to witness them in dreams. In general, dogs are synonymous with friendship, loyalty and protection. Let’s describe and decode what it means if you dream of a dog.
Dreaming about a dog you know or have seen or about your own pet dog
This suggests that you are missing someone or seeking comfort and familiarity from those around you. You are adopting your pet’s behavior such as praising or wanting someone to reward you with something. It could also mean that you are missing your own pet who may have passed away.
Dream of being chased by a dog
If you dream of being chased by a temperamental dog, it may mean that you are very anxious, stressed and tired. It may be that you are trying to avoid a difficult situation that is becoming an obstacle in your life. You are reluctant to face the life-changing decision that awaits your call.
Dreaming of a dog being hurt
Such a dream could mean that you are thinking of someone who is in a lot of pain, upset or going through a struggle. It may also mean that you yourself are going through a difficult phase in life. Injured dogs lead to empathy and compassion which is the root cause of this dream.
Dreaming of a happy and energetic dog
Such a dream can be pleasant and provide you with comfort. It means quite the same. A happy and energetic dog in a dream can symbolize that you are recovering from a stressful period in your life. It can also indicate that you are being guided by someone or that someone is acting as your guardian angel.