Animals/ Pets

Why Do Dogs Run In Their Sleep

Everyone who owns a dog at one point or another has witnessed their beloved pet take a nap and then break into a run. We’ve all seen it happen; however, why do they run when they sleep? Along with running, dogs can blink, twitch or bark during sleep. Similar to humans sleepwalking or talking while asleep.


As humans do, dogs have a variety of dreams. The brain waves of a dog asleep are similar to the waves humans experience while dreaming. The act of dreaming is beneficial for the dog’s brain, so it is recommended that you let your dog sleep, even when they are wandering around.

Furthermore, puppies can experience muscle cramps during sleep. If your pet isn’t dreaming, the movement will likely be connected and is a crucial aspect of forming and taming strong muscles.

One thing that you must be looking out to watch out for is seizures. Although it’s not very common, the possibility is that dogs suffer seizures when they sleep. You should be able to tell if a seizure is dreams running by the kind of motion. Your dog might be experiencing seizures if their twitching is a bit rigid and their actions seem more violent.

The deep sleep

Dogs can experience REM (rapid eye movements) and slow-wave sleep, with REM being the deeper phase of sleep. For the human body, this’s the time when dreams take place. Dogs have less time within REM than human beings, and that’s why dogs need more rest to be rested. When they are in REM sleeping, canines can react to dreams by shaking their legs, whimpering or barking, which is why dogs are prone to running in their sleep.

If your dog’s sleep schedule is like a sloth’s, you might wonder whether they’re sleepy too often. Chances are, they’re just happy and enjoying an evening nap!

Dogs’ sleeping patterns vary depending on size, age and exercise routines.


Older dogs are slower in metabolism, require more rest, and are more likely to sleep all day. Puppy dogs also require more rest than adult dogs as it helps them grow.


Large dogs need more rest than smaller dogs because their larger bodies require more energy.


If dogs get lots of exercise, they can drift off to sleep, making them more likely to drift off. The best way to help your dog have a great sleep is to provide physical and mental exercise that can be performed in the wintertime.

In a peaceful and comfortable sleeping space, your dog will be more likely to sleep soundly and have sweet dreams. Make sure to skimp on the treats. Dogs can enjoy a tasty snack before bed and when awake!