Harvard expert says dogs likely dream about their owners

(Photo: Ingram Publishing via Thinkstock)

(Photo: Ingram Publishing via Thinkstock)

We’ve all been there – watching our pets sleep and wonder what he or she is dreaming about.

Luckily we now have answers and apparently dogs dream about their owners, according to a Harvard expert anyway.

People magazine recently did a Q&A with Clinical and Evolutionary Psychologist and teacher at Harvard Medical School Dr. Deirdre Barrett about how animal dreams compare to human dreams.

Here’s what Dr. Barrett suspects dogs dream about:

“Humans dream about the same things they’re interested in by day, though more visually and less logically. There’s no reason to think animals are any different. Since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it’s likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you.”

So, what about your cats? Dr. Barrett says they don’t appear to dream about their owners nearly as often. In fact, probably don’t dream about you at all.

“We actually know more about cats dreams, because one of the earliest sleep researchers, Michel Jouvet, destroyed the tiny area in cat brains that inhibits movements during REM sleep. Cats lay quietly through the other stages of sleep, and when REM began, they leapt up, stalked, pounced, arched their backs and hissed. They looked like they were hunting mice in their dreams.”

But, as you can imagine the internet went crazy over the fact dogs likely dream about their owners.

This tweet from Twitter user @harrysosborn has been retweeted over 60,000 times since Monday this week.

And the internet has since gone wild posting pictures of their sleeping dogs.

Although we’ll probably never know for sure what pets dream about, this will at least make us humans feel pretty good.