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|There are aspect of life that can only be seen through observation.|
Dogs that dream is a sign of the subconscious mind. Last night as I did my nightly mediation, Sir. Duke started to wag his tail against me while he slept. I started to realize my dogs dreaming is a sign of his subconscious. Whenever humans dream, the subconscious mind is speaking. I can see this occurring within my dogs.
Let's define the subconscious mind. "The subconscious is part of the conscious that is not currently in focal" (Wikipedia). The subconscious mind is when a action or behavior is preform without the conscious mind once learned. For example in humans when we learn how to drive, most of the action are on the subconscious level. Just as humans, dogs perform task as well on the subconscious level once a task as been learn, such as how to walk on a leash and stop at each intersection.
So, the dogs' dreams range from nightmares to active happy dreams, just as humans. I can observe the type of dreams through the physical movements of the dogs. For example, Bojangles had a rough start in life. Often times when he is dreaming, he is running from something. I can observe this from the movement of his feet. Also, when he is deep within a nightmare, he will start to growl and warn as if he is facing a dark moment.
So, I got curious, what does the expert reveal through research. According to Dr. JP McCue, a board-certified veterinary neurologist at NYC's Animal Medical Center on Pet MD dogs do indeed have the same brain structure as humans. Understanding what how dog interrupts the world and the mind works are still mysteries to science today.
Also, according to Pet MD dogs have cognitive abilities. If this is true, a subconscious is possible as well. Also, there are several studies in which show a dog's conscious mind is equal to a human child. This is also further proof of the subconscious mind, since children do indeed of a subconscious. Also, according to Professor Gregory Burns Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics and Director of the Center for Neuropolicy, he has proven the dogs cognitive abilities and conscious mind through MRI scans. Also, this is further proof of the subconscious mind. If there is a conscious level, there is the subconscious.
Furthermore, according to Stanley Coren, PhD., DSc., FRSC, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia dogs do indeed dream. He suspect the dreams come from the current day’s events. I suspect dogs dream about more then studies are capable of revealing. As science grows, so will the proof of the connection of the dogs' subconscious minds that are connected to humanity.
I wish we could truly speak dog and understand what a dog or puppy is thinking. The secrets the dogs could share with us, after all the dogs have had years of quiet observation of mankind. Dog's are great example of learning how to observe all of life from actions, body language, and sounds us humans call language. Where there is a brain that can make choices, eyes, heart there is a soul with a subconscious mind. Of course, just as humans, the level of awareness of the subconscious will depend upon the level of cognitive abilities.
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Leave a comment tell me what is on your mind. Did you know your dog or puppy dreams? Did you know that a dog has the same brain structure as a human child?