The dog appears more often than any other animal in dreams. It depicts our natural drives that are well socialised, but still have the tendency to revert back to the spontaneous or ‘wild’ state quite easily. For instance our anger might usually be well under control, but if someone teases us we might surprise ourselves by the amount and strength of our anger, or our desire to cower and hide. But the dog is often a sign of enthusiasm, care or warning – as can be observed so often if we have a dog. See animal

Example: I had misinterpreted the meaning of Tramp my dog, who I felt was my inner self. I now see that Tramp is my psychic self, the mixture of instinct, complexes, feelings and closeness to nature. Possibly my intuitive, habitual or instinctive response to events. He is my companion on walks, to run faster, react quicker, smell better, fight more savagely, and face hardship.

Similarly our sexuality may be usually expressed in a socially acceptable way, but if we are in a situation where our sexual pleasure is stimulated or allowed easy expression we might deeply shock other people and ourselves by what we do. It can also represent easy expression of such aspects of ourselves as aggression – maybe because dogs show their teeth easily – as well as their sexuality, especially male sexuality; also their easy expression of love. Also the parts of self we usually keep out of sight, but which may express spontaneously. The dog as an example of intuition is shown in the following dream.

Example: Was crawling through a tunnel underground. I was now in a dreary, dismal, drab Edwardian type room. My mother, father and my dog, Tramp, were also there. It was quite a big room. Tramp went up to the fireplace and put his paw up under the shelf as if pointing. I looked and saw he was indicating a crevice under the shelf. I felt there and found papers in there, but also that there might be fingers in there touching mine. I said this to my father, but he did not reply. The hole was getting bigger all the time, and the room darker.

The dogs can represent this feeling energy, this natural life response to events and ones situation, our easy flowing natural feelings such as devotion, perhaps to a lover or child. The dog is yourself if, the natural you if you let your emotions off the lead. So it can be your uninhibited love or anger, your open sexuality, or even your honest needs.

For some people a dog was the only source of expressive love in their childhood, so may well depict this; fidelity and faithfulness, as the sheep-dog it is also the guardian of our welfare. Like the cat, the dog can be a substitute baby for childless women, or represent affection or caring.Occasionally we depict a person, or what we feel about a person through the character of a dog. See: cat.

Example: Actually seeing a dog in my dream I find not the dumb animal that humans patronizingly assume to be there, but a creature of remarkable complexity and deep emotions, capable of various levels of behavior, of guilt and loyalty, or shame, of identification with people—a creature so like themselves that other distinctions seem negligible. It broke down my assumptions of superiority. It sent me spinning back to the sense of kinship with animals that primitive men, in their rituals and folk myths, so clearly revealed. I found myself becoming snakes, tigers, bears, rabbits with such ease and pleasure that there would seem to be a veritable menagerie in the back of my mind. Moreover, the conviction of animal identity, once accepted, is terribly convincing. Having accepted the limited truth of my animal kinship, I am loath to see the broader areas in which such a communion is untrue. See Animals in your Brain – Temple of the Animals

Example: The role then came to life and spontaneously I as Vince the dog went to Alan and stood up on my hind legs with my paws on his chest, looking into his eyes. I wanted to communicate something to him.

The communication was so strong that I as Alan felt it and will describe it. Vincent reminded me of the many things we had shared in life. As this happened I felt such love – the love I really had felt for that beautiful dog. As I felt this Vincent and I became one being. I remember carrying him in my arms when he was young because, as a runt he was so nervous that at times he couldn’t even walk. I remember going everywhere with him as I walked London. I also knew that Vincent represented for me the ability to see into the invisible worlds – psychic sight and sensing. He had demonstrated it to me at least twice.

As all these memories poured through me I felt deep emotions pouring up and started crying. Crying because Vincent was helping me be aware of things I had not put together before. Lately I have been trying to extend personal awareness again, into lucidity and into the world. The emotions I was feeling were due to a realisation, and as this happened I knew what the previous dream of Vincent meant. I understood because various bits of memory came together to form a whole.

In mythology the dog has symbolised the guardian of the gates of death, or a messenger between the hidden and the visible world. The dog was also thought of as a guide or guardian of the hidden side of life entered in sleep and death. The following example illustrates how love can survive death.

Example: It involves my dad and his English bulldog, Chauncey. They were big buddies. Chauncey even went to work with Dad. Several years after Chauncey’s death, I dreamed of a female English bulldog who was very pregnant! A few weeks later, she appeared to me again, smiling proudly at two adorable puppies. One was brindle and the other was brindle and white. She showed me her house and street sign. The name of the street was Rosebud Lane. Then Chauncey appeared in the dream and told me he was returning and he would be the puppy that walked to me first! The next day I got the classifieds and started calling. It didn’t take long, the second call was located on Rosebud Lane. When I arrived, the mother dog looked just as she had in the dreams. She even acted like she knew me. I stood back and waited. Shortly, the little brindle and white puppy waddled to me. Dad cried when I handed the pup to him. Reincarnated bulldog…why not? By the way, Chauncey had a nickname…it was Rosebud!

Dogs can be a wonderful intuitive friend, even life saver. This is because it has been proved that dogs often know when their owner is ill or about to have an attack. But dogs are also very psychic. See Talking with Dead also Cats and dogs know

Example: In a dream, my dog, Gus, told me he had worms and needed to go to the doctor. We went the next morning. Dr. Dennis Umlang looked at Gus, a picture of health, then asked why the visit.  I – told him Gus needed to be checked for worms. “Have you seen any evidence of worms?”, he asked.  “No.”  I answered, “but I still want him checked.”  The testing showed negative.   I told Dr. Umlang the dream and asked that they try again. That’s when he told me of the heartworm test which is costly but the only way to detect their presence. “Do it,”  I said.   The test was positive! Ordinarily there is no real warning of heartworms.   By the time symptoms appear it is often too late and treatment is dangerous due to the animal’s weakened condition. Because of early detection, Gus survived the treatment with no damage to vital organs.

Barking dog: A warning or a sign of protection. Warning that something or someone is there who is not a friend – or that you should not approach whatever is shown in the dream.

Black dog: The black dog figures in quite a lot of people’s imagery. Bernard Levin uses it to represent depression. For some people it brings feeling about death. The sense or meaning the dog gives in relationship to depression or death in dreams is that it is a living energy in us that has gone ‘bad’ and thus causes the depression or death. Such depression is usually the result of past painful experiences that are like lumps blocking free flowing positive life energy.

The black dog also show you urges which are largely unconscious, or it is a messenger related to what is unconscious in you. So the black dog can indicate sexual feelings that you are not proud of, or any natural feelings, even feelings of love that you hold back.

Dog attacking: Either being attacked by someone and so representing their anger or snide criticism – or your own anger or aggression. See: What Does my Dream Animal Mean

–  Animal phobias at the end of the animal entry.

Dog on lead attacking: If you are holding the lead – restraint of your aggression toward someone. If someone else is holding the lead – feeling attacked by someone. As in Cornelia’s dream in the example below, there may be a sexual connection.

Dog on lead: Restrained or controlled urges; urges we have trained or directed; holding back or restraining or directing parts of oneself.

Puppy: Youth, heedlessness, spontaneous affection and enthusiasm. It often represent a child, or feelings about wanting a child, being pregnant with a child, even one of your own children. Also vulnerability or dependent needs. Like any young animal, it can depict your need to care for or love something, or be loved. What happens to the puppy, if neglected or mistreated, most likely indicates memories of pain from your own childhood, or neglect of vulnerable parts of yourself. See: Baby animal in animal situations; Neglected animal in animal situations.

Woman’s dream – attacked by dog: Could well be feelings about male sexuality or a relationship with a male. Possibly the dreamer is holding back her own female strength and cannot meet the male strength.

Example: ‘I continue on my path, and suddenly the nettles disappear and the path is clear. Ahead the wall has curved round to face me, but there is a gate in it, and I can see my dog waiting for me on the other side.’ Mrs M. G.

In the dream from an elderly woman the dog is leading the way through the experience of meeting death. Mythology has often shown the dog in this light, as an inner sense of knowing how to find transformation through death – or as the ravaging threat of death.

Example: I was with a female friend who is a lesbian. Two dogs attacked us. My friend ran away but I couldn’t. Cornelius.

On exploring her dream Cornelius discovered feelings about her own womanhood and relationship with males. She realised the dogs represented her relationship with male sexuality, and that her friend was afraid of males.

Example: I was aware of the danger of two, or maybe one young child. They had been allowed to carry a small animal which acted as a scent lead for large tracker dogs that were hunting and would attack and kill whatever they were tracking. I found one of the boys trying to hide under a pot or a basin in the spare ground behind the house I lived in London. I pulled him out from his attempts to hide. He had no idea of his danger. Two of the dogs – perfectly harmless and friendly when not hunting, were coming close to me and trying to lick me. They had huge mouths. I got very angry with one man, a farmer type, who I thought had been careless in the way he was urging the dogs to hunt. I swore at him in public, calling him something like a ‘fucking idiot’. There was a large public gathering and I wondered what the public would think of me swearing. D.G.

There is an obvious reference in this dream to the unconscious urges some people have to hunt and hound others. The dogs especially depict this unleashed aspect of human nature, harmless when not set into motion. It also shows how such actions by others threaten the child in us, or the areas of personal vulnerability.

Example: I come out of my house. Across the street is a nursery. (this is actually true, there is a nursery across the street and the street is well used and busy) I looked up to see my yellow male Labrador dog named Odo. (He is a dog I have now) He was sitting in a truck on the passenger side. He looked like he was smiling. I thought, “What in the world is Odo doing in that truck?” At first I thought he was driving the truck, but then realised that he wasn’t, an ancient old man was. And the truck was weaving from one side of the street to the other. I yelled for Odo to come back and he jumped out of the truck. How I don’t know. But he did. He came running toward me, but there was a chain-linked fence between us. The fence ended at the street, but Odo was attempting to climb over the fence instead of going around it. I shook my head and said to myself that he was going to hurt himself. Sort of laughed, too. Then I woke up. I remembered thinking the day before that I was comparing my husband, A, to Odo. And thinking if I could just accept the silly things he does as well as I do with my dog, our relationship would be so much easier. K.

In this dream K. is probably right that she is using her dog to consider her relationship with her husband. She may even be using the dog as an image of her husband and his character.

Idioms: See a man about a dog; hair off the dog that bit you; call off the dogs; you can’t teach an old dog new tricks; raining cats and dogs; dirty dog; as sick as a dog; dog eat dog; dog in the manger; dog tired; dog’s life; gone to the dogs; let sleeping dogs lie; lucky dog; tail wagging the dog; top dog; die like a dog; dirty dog; gay dog; go to the dogs; hair of the dog; sick as a dog; lucky dog; raining cats and dogs; see a man about a dog; teach an old dog new tricks; tail wagging the dog; thrown to the dogs; etc.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Is my dream dog represent someone I know or my own spontaneous feelings?

Is there any indication of relating to this dog as a child or a love object?

What feelings is the dog expressing?

Is the dog helping me meet or understand death or the unconscious?

If so what am I learning?

See Secrets of Power Dreaming –  Life’s Little SecretsDream Yoga



-Javier a 2014-10-15 11:27:54

I dreamed that I was at the traller park were I spent most of my childhood and while I walk the side walk a dog was running towards me to attack jumped and tryed to bit my neck but I stopped it with my two hand then the owner came out and called him back the dog was heart and left teeth narks on my hands. And when the dog was runner ng towards me there were kids around him

-Cindy 2014-09-24 17:19:01

I had a dream I was attacked by 3 black dogs and I survived. Oddly enough I was attacked by another pair of 3 dogs but they were not black dogs. They looked like german shepshards. So in one night I dreamed of 6 dogs attacking me and I’m wondering of that’s a bad sign.. It was strange.

-Tabatha Kay Camacho 2014-09-10 20:39:08

I had a dream about coming up to a house and a guy laughing and telling me not to mind his dog it eats every dandelion it sees.

-Nina 2014-08-30 9:07:08

I need a dream analysis. I dreamt of a dark dog trying to get Into my home. He looked like a black Doberman, he was leaning and kneeling down to look into my home and I had a patient in front of me ask me, why did you come from the dark and state my name ? Then the dog showed up. This is right before I asked to change her baby’s diaper because the baby was soiled and she kept telling me not to and then I persisted and this is when she asked me the question and the dog showed up and we were petrified. I was speechless in the dream with fear. I woke up saying God is good….
Help please

-douglas 2014-08-16 12:04:16

I dreamed I came out a elevator to see 2 wild pit bull dogs one was black and then out of nowhere another large black pit bull appeared and attacked me bit and lock his jaw on my neck..goal of 3 dogs in my dream please tell me what that means

-Juan 2014-08-12 14:23:51

I had a dream, I was holding a cube box, it had what appeared to be that “Smile Dog” on it. The box was apparently a game, though I never opened it.

    -Tony Crisp 2014-08-17 7:43:45

    Juan – The cube in dreams often represents solidity and the material world – so common everyday experience.

    The smiling dog is like a smile from the animal that you have in you. See So a welcome.

    The game represent the game of life we all play – like snakes and ladders – the ups an downs of life and how we deal with them. You need to open the box, because the smile was saying it is okay, so enter in.


-karina 2014-07-02 17:35:09

I had a dream I woke up my cousin was taking dog food outside I don’t have any dogs when I get out side there is dogs hurt laying on the ground I look up and there is 30 or so dogs and cats in the trees stuck some alive some dead in my back yard and the houses stood it too everyone said it was a storm and it took them from Thier homes like it was raining cats and dogs I tried to help as many as I could and called for help as soon as we get all the animals out I’m somewhere with my friend my boy friend (who is quite a bit older than I) and his son and the animals were there to were walking around and I am talking to my boyfriend son who is around my age were talking about how we have feeling for each other my friend and boy friend over hear but we just keep tryin to get away from them and talk I am so confused and woke up feeling very stressed

-sulari 2014-05-30 3:38:57

I had a dream about a dog and i would like to know what it my dream is,i was on my bed and when I tried to get down there was a giant brown colour dog sleeping on the flow of my room.I really got scared of its huge size and I called my mother with a low voice.but she did not seem to notice it.then the dog woke up and looked at me and opened its mouth.then it calmly came near my bed and started to sleep again. Then it kept its head on the lower side of the bed, where my legs are on. After a while it took its whole body on to the bed.I was sitting on the bed wondering what to do but I was not scared anymore as it looked peaceful.then I woke up.please help me to figure out what it is

-Carl 2014-05-12 7:05:43

My dog passed a week ago.I just awoke from a dream where my dog and I were doing some kind of work in a apartment building. There were no outside walls. My dog was supposed to propell down one floor via rope or cable. When doing so he slipped and fell 6 stories into water. He survived it as there were scuba divers who pulled him out. He then came walking back into apartment where he fell from and where I was.

-Charli 2014-03-31 8:47:51

I dreamt I was sat on a chair and a big dark coloured dog came up to me and put his front paws on my legs and pushed his head into my chest and cuddled into me, whatever I tried he just wouldn’t leave me, he wanted to be held and comforted so I put my arms around him a and hugged him.

    -Tony Crisp 2014-04-01 8:19:42

    Charli – I wish I could send you a parcel of all the wonderful feelings I have about dream animals. But I hope the following will do.

    As a baby you were a small vulnerable animal, with all the natural instincts to feed, to survive, and to bond with your mother. When you were in your mother’s womb you started off as a bundle of cells; these gradually became a fish like creature with gills, and then onto a mammal form. It shows that we have all the animals built in us. So the animals we dream of are parts of our wholeness, and unless we are reared by humans who teach us to speak we remain an animal. See

    But as people educated in today’s culture many of us are totally out of touch with the animal that we are, and have never been able to raise it to love and protect us, and instead are often frightened of it when it appears in their dreams.

    But in your dream you gave love to an important part of your inner world – the dog. And it will gradually become a part of your everyday life as a better understanding of your place amongst all the other human animals.

    Example: Spontaneously I as Vince my dog came to Alan and stood up on my hind legs with my paws on his chest, looking into his eyes. I wanted to communicate something to him.
    The communication was so strong that I as Alan felt it and will describe it. Vincent reminded me of the many things we had shared in life. As this happened I felt such love – the love I really had felt for that beautiful dog. As I felt this Vincent and I became one being. I remember carrying him in my arms when he was young because, as a runt he was so nervous that at times he couldn’t even walk. I remember going everywhere with him as I walked London. I also knew that Vincent represented for me the ability to see into the invisible worlds – psychic sight and sensing. He had demonstrated it to me at least twice.
    As all these memories poured through me I felt deep emotions pouring up and started crying. Crying because Vincent was helping me be aware of things I had not put together before. Lately I have been trying to extend personal awareness again, into lucidity and into the world. The emotions I was feeling were due to a realisation, and as this happened I knew what the previous dream of Vincent meant. I understood because various bits of memory came together to form a whole.


-Maria 2014-03-27 12:08:41

I dreamt of running over a dog don’t remember too much more other than my manager appeared at that scene and so did an older manager of my husbands I don’t know what this might mean

-Jackie 2014-03-18 9:45:49

Hi Tony,

At first I dreamt that I had gone to some farm for a party and saw some cows in cages and then saw my own dog (lives with my mom now) in a cage. In my dream he was happy and I was happy to see him unexpectedly at this party although he was caged. In my next dream I dreamt again of my dog, this time he was running after another dog who felt familiar. Out of fear of the dogs running into the street I chases after them. The dog my dog was chasing ran off but I was able to catch my dog. I was so happy to hold my dog in my arms but I was sad for the possibility that the other dog might be hurt and that was the end of my dream.

I’m currently wondering if I should leave my job to pursue another goal that could make me happier, may you please let me know if this has something to do with my dream and if not- what the dream means?

Thank you so much,


-Hamara 2014-02-19 5:40:32

I had a very vivid dream and Im looking like crazy to make sense of it. So my dream: I was in my bed and suddenly I realize that I had a dog and it came on go when she wanted. She was a small white dog. Suddenly im leaving from my other house with my mom and I see 2 rottwilers in the porch looking at us, they looked really scary and I could tell they wanted to attack so I told my mom to get in the car so she did and closed the door. I was trying to get closer to the car bit I was so scared and I realized they were going to attacked me so I screamed my little dogs name and started running. When I look back I see my dog that came running and attacked one of the ruttwilers the other one cought me so I fought it and killed him (I strangled it), not before he bit me and scartched me (i was bleeding) and when I looked for my dog it had already killed the other one, but she was really hurt. I ran to her and hold her in my arms telling her please don’t die!! I was feeling huge love and appreciation for her, I couldn’t belive she came to my rescue. (Btw I dont have any pets in real life and I’m having some trust issues with my fiancé)

-Julia Arrand 2013-11-25 19:20:34

I have just woken from two dreams. 1st one was someone on a horse and I am running behind with a dog and the horse suddenly stops and won’t move so the dog kicks it and the horse falls and it’s leg has broken. The 2nd one is the same situation but the falls on its own and the dog jumps on its face and starts to eat it . What do they mean? Please help. Thanks Julia

    -Tony Crisp 2013-12-01 12:07:22

    G’day Julia – I take it that the person on the horse was a man? If so the dream shows you running along like a servant or a second class woman while the boss man is on the horse. Your dog is your natural response to that – anger. You – as the dog – make sure that his attitude doesn’t work; in fact you destroy his ability to work – his horse. See to make these comments understandable.

    The same thing with the second dream is much the same, except this time your anger tries to deface him. But considering everything in the dream is you, and your anger toward men in the leading role is like beating yourself up when you could be a powerful woman if you redirect all that energy/emotion.

    Although it isn’t directly what I want to say in answer to your dream, the following might give an idea – see and


-amanda 2013-11-18 23:54:51

I had a dream on going back to sleep this morning, that a little dog was coughing and violently throwing up. I was watching it, and it was suffering so much, I thought it was near death. I felt I should try and comfort or rescue it, but its face looked so grotesque, as it’s skin/hair had fallen away, and I could just see the innards of the dogs face. It was untouchable. Then, just as I thought it was beyond recovery, the little terrier recovered, and its face returned to its normal healthy state. It looked at me, calm, and recovered, and we looked into each others eyes, and I could see he was going to be ok. ….. In searching for its meaning, I wonder if there is a connection in reality, with the fact that my partner was unfaithful. He has been trying to redeem himself, and I am not making any decisions, but just observing his efforts for now.

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