Dreaming of Dogs: Discover the Spiritual Meaning and Interpretation

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: May 23, 2023
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Out of all of the things you can dream about after counting sheep, dogs and puppies are just about as wholesome as it gets. Many people and cultures around the world believe there is meaning behind our dreams. 

Below we’re going to dive into everything there is to know about dreaming of man’s best friend. Perhaps certain symbolism relates to something you’re currently experiencing and can help bring you clarity. 

Symbolism in Dog Dreams Explained

Dog dreams are highly prevalent. In fact, the animal individuals most frequently dream about is a dog, according to expert dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg. Many people’s daily lives include dogs in a frequent, prominent, and obvious way. They are almost everywhere, and since dogs are generally well-liked by people, we are aware of their existence. 

The majority of us have either direct or indirect contact with these precious creatures, thus having dreams about them is rather common. We must consider the characteristics we connect with dogs in order to comprehend the significance of a dream involving dogs. Themes of companionship, loyalty, and protection are frequently present in the dreams of dogs.

What Color is the Dog in Your Dream?

The color of the dog in your dream may have more meaning than you think. This is mostly true if the dog is black, like a Rottweiler. Your dream about a black dog may be an indication that you struggle to restrain your desires. A black dog in your dream is a symbol of your desires and passions. 

Dreams involving black dogs can be a sign that you should acknowledge, alter, and let rid of those negative emotions and impulses rather than repressing them. A black dog is generally considered to be a bad omen.


What might a dream about a black dog mean?


Dreams of a Childhood Pet

If your beloved dog appears in your dreams, it may be a sign that you are thinking about a problem in a current relationship. If you’re having dreams about a lost pet from your childhood, think back to that period of time. 

It’s possible that you’re missing out on other details from that time period. Some people believe that the dream of a departed dog is a sign to its owners that the pet is okay and the owner will be as well.

Dreams of a Dog Biting You

Do you ever dream that a dog bites you and won’t let go? Your dream could be a sign of impending harm. It might also imply that your desires or aspirations are physically hurting you. 

Dreams about a dog biting you could portend betrayal and disloyalty. Your dream could be a sign that a person in your immediate circle is acting badly. You may need to be careful about who you trust. You shouldn’t place your faith in everybody you meet. Dog attacks typically represent attacks from allies or occult foes in nightmares.

Close up of a dog biting a man's hand

Dreams about a dog biting you could portend betrayal and disloyalty.


Dreams That Your Dog Dies

Most frequently, a dream involving a dog passing away would feature a previous pet, evoking strong emotional anguish. Sources of stress in your daily life, such as a strained relationship or a separation, can cause this dream to occur. 

The appearance of your pet serves as a reminder that you are loved, that it all fades, and that you have friends on the other side. The passing of an unfamiliar dog in your dreams may represent the loss of a significant relationship or ideal for you. 

Though endings are often melancholy, keep in mind that you are about to restart a cycle of progress. New beginnings are also exhilarating!

Dreams That A Dog Is Chasing You

Being pursued is tense, frightening, and unpleasant. This type of anxiety dream is frequently indicative of ongoing or unrecognized stress in your life. Your subconscious is fully aware of it, even if you are unaware of what it is. This dream is your subconscious urging you to confront it. 

You can be putting off a decision that could have a significant impact on a significant relationship, avoiding a duty, hiding your genuine feelings for someone, or silently fearing the future. Think about anything you’re not addressing, name it, and make a commitment to give it a serious look.

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A dream that a dog is chasing you could represent ongoing stress in your life.


Dreams that a Dog Attacks You

A dream about an angry dog may represent feelings of pressure or the desire to leave a precarious situation. Maybe a relationship is making you feel trapped, a friendship has gone poisonous, or your role is taking up too much of your time. Your mind is attempting to highlight whatever it is that has you feeling confined in this dream.

Bottom Line

Dreaming of a dog has a plethora of meanings. Perhaps you should look deep inside and examine your relationships. On the other hand, maybe you’re just thinking about these furry friends a lot. Hopefully, this guide helped you find out a bit more about what’s going on as you’re whisked off to dreamland. 

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Dolores M. Harvey/Shutterstock.com

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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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