Did you dream of a dog or a puppy? Wondering if one can be your spirit animal? Today we will share some different dog and puppy symbols and dream examples to help you understand what it means to dream about dogs.

What does it mean to dream of dogs or puppies?

Most of us see these popular furry friends in some way during our daily lives. Maybe we notice a neighbor walking one while we’re driving down the road. He may have friends or family members who own pets.

You may even have your own dog that you love and care for or you may have recently adopted a puppy. With dogs being a part of our daily lives it is not too surprising that they also appear in our dreams! There are several common themes that we can experience in a dream with our favorite furry friends.

loyalty and trust

Dogs are often said to be “man‘s best friend” because they are so loyal to their owners. Dogs are pack animals, and they often take care of those who are part of their pack. Sometimes we will notice a dog as a totem animal or spirit animal appear because we may feel that there is no one we can trust.

Ask yourself, am I trusting others? Do I trust enough or do I trust too much? I trust myself? Do I trust the outcome of this situation I find myself in? From time to time a dog will appear in your dreams as a sign to remind you that no one is really ever alone, and we can always find a friend. The message of wisdom is this: Have faith that you will find a loyal friend you can trust.

protection and defense

Dogs are often symbols of protection and vigilance. A guard dog is someone who watches over you and protects you from danger. In some dreams, a watchdog may appear to warn you of a potential problem or concern. If you dream of a mother and her cubs from her, it is likely that you are dreaming of protecting and caring for someone or something.

This dream symbol can sometimes appear as a sign that you are being too protective or too cautious. Other times these experiences may occur to remind you to keep your guard up and be alert to possible dangers.

service and duty

Many dogs are hard workers and serve their owners well. There are a number of working dogs, such as those who work with the police, firefighters, and even volunteer in hospitals to brighten patients’ days. Just as they work in our daily lives, they can also appear in our dreams as a symbol of work and service.

There is also an expression, “working like a dog” , which can mean that you are overworked, or that you work with little appreciation or reward. Sometimes this can mean in a dream that you do not feel appreciated in your workplace. You may find that your work has little or no meaning. It can also be a sign that you are looking for a more rewarding and fulfilling career.

Unconditional love and forgiveness

One of the reasons a dog can be a great friend is that he doesn’t normally hold a grudge against others. They are very forgiving and love unconditionally. Sometimes a dog will appear in our dreams to remind us not to judge ourselves or others harshly. Ask yourself in your dream: Do I love myself and others unconditionally? Do I need to forgive someone? Is it time to truly forgive and forget?

Responsability and compromise

Ask any experienced dog owner and they will tell you that having a puppy can be a terrible job. You have to clean up after them, feed them, bathe them, take them to the vet, play with them, and give them lots of love and affection…for life!

For this reason, dogs and puppies in dreams can be a symbol of upcoming responsibilities or even fear of commitment. If your partner talks to you about getting married or having children in real life, he could, for example, dream of being surrounded by puppies that need care.

Examples of common dreams and their meaning

Now that we have these basic common themes that we associate with dogs in dreams, we can take a look at some different examples of dreams and what they mean.

Dream about playing ball or going to look for your dog

Many dogs love to play fetch. They love to chase balls and some animals will go on forever as long as you can keep throwing them. This is usually a sign that you need to introduce some fun into your life. Another possible dog dream meaning is that you are looking forward to meeting new friends that you enjoy doing things with.

Dreaming of dog fights, biting or attacking

Dreaming of a dog fight can be very scary, especially if you dream of being bitten by a dog. Dogs fighting in a dream can be a sign that you feel betrayed or alone. It can be a subconscious sign that you feel alone in the world.

If you dream of a vicious dog that growls at you to attack you, it may mean that there is something that you are afraid of. For example, the dog could be symbolic of your current job. Do you feel like your boss or co-workers constantly put you down or attack you? Do you feel like you don’t belong?

Fighting in our dreams is usually a symbol of some kind of unresolved conflict in our daily lives. It can be something very obvious, like a recent fight with a friend or spouse, or it can be something a little more mundane, like feeling conflicted when deciding plans for the weekend.

Dream of dogs in the water

Several breeds of this species enjoy and love water, some even have the word water in their name, such as the Irish Water Spaniel. Water in our dreams usually means emotion and feeling. Often the context of the dream will help you understand more about your own hidden feelings.

Dreaming of dogs swimming or dreaming of yourself swimming doggy style could mean that you are trying to stay afloat in a stressful situation. It may take a lot of effort and work to see the results you want to achieve.

Dreaming of dogs splashing in puddles could be a reminder to take a break from work and do something fun for a change.

Dreaming of a dog rescuing you from the water or dreaming of rescuing a drowning dog can mean that you are overwhelmed with work or forming a new mutually beneficial partnership with someone.

Dreaming of a dog wallowing in the mud or dreaming of giving a dog a bath

No doubt if you’ve spent any time with your beloved pooch, you’re all too familiar with that “wet dog smell.” Muddy paws can be a mess to clean up after too! A dirty and muddy dog ​​in a dream can potentially mean that someone is being cheating on you . They may be acting shamefully or dishonestly.

If you dream of muddy paw prints, it can be symbolic of someone leaving behind evidence of their past or it can mean that you are thinking about past events and how they currently affect you.

If you dream of bathing your dog, it can mean that you are working on building trust and security in your life.

Dream of puppies in a cage or shelter

If you dream of a puppy abandoned in a cage or a shelter, it is very possible that you feel that someone has let you down or betrayed you . You may be suspicious of the actions of others or you may worry about your own safety. Puppies in a cage can also be a symbol of your own insecurities in life.

If you dream of adopting a dog from a shelter, it can mean that you are being given a second chance or that you are giving someone else a new chance. It can also mean that you can find new friends by being generous and kind.

Meaning of dreams of dogs by name and type of breed

There are over 360 recognized dog breeds, that’s a lot of different types of dogs to dream about! While we can’t list them all, one way to understand if the specific breed you dreamed about matters is to research the breed and think about the characteristics of the breed. To help simplify the interpretation of dreams for different breeds of dogs, we will narrow it down by the classification groups.

Dream of sporting dogs

Sporting dogs were bred specifically to help their owners hunt ducks, geese, and other flying animals. Examples of sporting dogs that you might experience in a dream:

  • Labradors
  • recuperators
  • spaniels
  • setters

If you dream of one of these dogs, you may be metaphorically trying to hunt something in real life. Are you hunting for work? Are you looking for a house? Are you in search of happiness? These dogs can also be a symbol to get something in your life. What are you trying to get? Sometimes these races in a dream can appear as a symbol if you feel like you are racing a lot and going back and forth in negotiations or trying to find peace in your life.

Dream about hunting dogs and tracking dogs

Bloodhounds are often used to track game animals, such as rabbits, deer, and coyotes. Popular breeds of this type include Beagles, Afghan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, and Bloodhounds. These dogs have an excellent sense of smell and are often able to put their nose to work well in missing person situations.

If you dream of a hound or tracking dog, it may mean that you are looking for a way to identify and solve a problem. Are there any known threats that you are trying to track down? Sometimes these dogs can also appear in our dreams as a symbol of people we can trust to help us. These breeds are fiercely loyal and want to serve their owners in order to successfully track and identify a scent.

Dream about Terrier breeds

Rats, mice, squirrels, and other rodents can be a threat, and terrier dog breeds were created specifically to address these issues. Common breeds include the Rat Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, Jack Russel Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, and others.

Understanding the nature of these races can help you better understand what your dream may mean. These dogs can often be a sign that it’s time for you to learn to trust your intuition better. Since these animals tend to burrow and dig a lot, it could mean that you should investigate your feelings, especially if you have a hunch that something is wrong or not right.

Dream of herding dogs

Herding dogs are typically associated with breeds that help manage sheep, cattle, and other animals. These animals are very hardworking and easy to train. Common herding breeds include German Shepherds, Australian Cattle Dogs, Border Collies, English Sheepdogs, and Corgi breeds. These breeds are fiercely protective and when one appears in our dream it is most likely a sign of care .

These breeds are often a sign that we need to be on the lookout for potential predators in our lives, such as thieves, liars, and other dishonest people who may try to take advantage of us. If your dream was quite positive, this may be a sign that you feel that your needs are being met. You probably feel safe in your current situation.

Dream of working dogs

In addition to hunting, tracking, and herding, there are many other specialized jobs that dogs can do. These types of animals are very intelligent and easy to train. The Lagotto Romagnolo is a dog that was bred specifically to hunt truffles, which are a species of fungus that can be difficult for humans to identify in the wild. Sled dogs, such as the Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, and Samoyed are another type of working dog, which are known for their endurance, speed, and ability to withstand the elements of cold and snow.

Other examples of this type of breed are Doberman Pinschers, Great Pyrenees, Boxers, Mastiffs, Saint Bernards, and Rottweilers. These types of dogs are often a symbol of great strength and loyalty. When you dream of one of these breeds it is often related to your sense of security and accomplishment.

Dream about non-sporting dogs and companion breeds

Sometimes the best job a dog can have is being a friend. There are many different types of dogs in this classification, but their appearance in a dream or as a spirit animal or power animal usually signifies friendship and trust.

If you dream of a Bulldog, Bichon Frize, Chow-Chow, Dalmatian or Poodle, it can be a sign that you are looking for fun and companionship in your life . These breeds can also be a symbol for acknowledging your own hidden talents and gifts in life.

Dream About Toy Breeds

Toy breeds may be small, but they sure make up for their size with big personalities. Examples of toy breeds include the Chihuahua, Havanese, Maltese, Papillon, Pomeranian, Pug, and Shih Tzu. These smaller breeds are often associated with luxury , as throughout history they were prized pets of wealthy businessmen and royalty.

They also make great companions because their small size is much easier for many people to care for. If you dream of one of these animals, it can be a symbol to rest from work and enjoy life just for fun.

Dreaming of a toy breed dog can often mean finding joy in the simple and small things in life. These dogs in our dreams can also be a sign that we should carefully consider the type of company we have.

How to interpret your dream about dogs

The best way to understand your dream is to ask yourself some questions and write about it in your dream journal.

What were your first thoughts when you woke up from the dream?

Normally, what we feel during sleep is what we feel about the events of our current life. If you wake up with feelings of anxiety or fear, it’s helpful to explore what life events are making you feel uncomfortable and worried. Did you wake up feeling happy in the dream? Ask yourself what events in the dream bring you joy. How can you bring more positive experiences and feelings into your daily routine?

What are my own feelings and associations with dogs?

How do you feel towards dogs? While many people love dogs as pets, some people are afraid of dogs or don’t like having them around. Everyone has their own unique associations for the things we encounter in life.

Your own personal feelings and experiences will give you great insight into what a dream means. Sometimes a specific dog will have a deeply personal meaning to you. For example, if you dream of a Maltese and it reminds you of your uncle who deeply loved his dog named Mystical.

Even the dog’s name can have a meaning.

What other symbols did I notice in the dream?

There are often additional symbols that may appear in a dream that can be helpful in understanding what the dream is about. Here are some other related symbols to explore:

Dogs represent qualities such as fidelity, protection, security, kindness, intuition and patience.

Dreaming of dogs reveals that these qualities that you possess, even if you are not aware of it, will allow you to make important progress, manage in delicate situations, obtain a certain award or face and overcome important problems.

In short, the meaning of dreaming of dogs is generally positive.

Dreaming of aggressive or rabid dogs

If you dream of aggressive or rabid dogs, it means that you will have to use your strength, your courage, your bravery to defend something or someone to solve a serious problem or to face a certain obstacle.

Dream of dogs attacking you

Dreaming of dogs attacking you means that you will have to face a delicate situation to free yourself from a certain burden or responsibility that you carry.

Dream of dogs barking

When you dream of dogs barking and you hear barking, it means that you must be alert, attentive or attentive to what is happening in your life, around you, because if you act quickly, cunningly and intelligently you can obtain an important benefit.

Dream about black dogs

Dreaming of black dogs is related to a bitter, painful or sad memory that you keep in your mind and that in one way or another prevents you from moving forward, from progressing, from being able to feel happy.

Dream of white dogs

If you dream of white dogs, it means that through the decisions you make, the effort you make, the patience you develop, you will achieve a powerful triumph, a well-deserved stability or a wonderful freedom.

Dream of injured dogs

If you dream of injured dogs, it means that you should stop for a moment and pay attention to yourself in those needs that you have and that are not covered in your desires.

In short, this dream invites you to pamper yourself, to take care of yourself, to look after yourself or yourself.

Dream of dead dogs

When you dream of dead dogs, it means that you run the risk of losing a great opportunity to be happy, to have stability, to feel good, full or full and you are probably putting it in danger due to lack of confidence and security in yourself or in yourself. .

Dream of dogs mating

Dreaming of dogs mating means that you need and must act firmly and decisively in a certain matter, area or situation in your life, since if you do not do so you will have to face the consequences later.

Dream about dogs eating

Dreaming of dogs eating symbolizes the course of your life, where you are going and how you are doing. This dream invites you to reflect on the path you are traveling, the one you want to travel and the destination to which that path leads you.

dream of small dogs

If you dream of small dogs, it means that you are not making the most of your qualities, that you are letting yourself be carried away by uncontrolled impulses, negative thoughts or even being manipulated by someone.

dream of big dogs

Dreaming of big dogs reflects the good actions you are carrying out, how well your decisions are oriented, the strength you show in situations that require it and the intuition that you know how to take advantage of in every circumstance.

Dream of baby dogs, puppies

If you dream of baby dogs, with puppies, this reflects the protection you need at this time, the feeling of vulnerability you feel in the face of the situation you are going through.

But at the same time, this dream predicts that you will overcome it and you will come out of that situation much stronger.

Dream about dogs and cats

If you dream of dogs and cats it symbolizes the rivalry you have with someone, the competition you have to face, therefore how the dream develops will determine the future of that situation. For example:

If you dream that dogs and cats are fighting , it means that the battle will be tough, you will have to use all your weapons and skills to win.

If you dream that dogs defeat cats it means that you will be victorious or victorious.

If you dream that cats beat dogs , it means that you will lose a confrontation in that competition.

Dream that you pet a dog

Dreaming that you pet a dog reflects your nobility, your greatness as a person, your generosity and your loyalty to others. In addition, this dream also reflects the loyalty of certain people to you at crucial moments.

Dream of a dog licking you

If you dream that a dog licks you, it means that you are going to receive good news related to a matter at hand and on which many things depend or something very important to you.

Dream about being bitten by a dog

Dreaming that a dog bites you announces betrayal in your environment, with someone you trust, with someone you do not expect.

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