Dogs are the most dreamed-of animal, according to my research, because of the characteristics they possess and because those characteristics are a basic, fundamental human need.  I am talking about loyalty and friendship.  Dogs are known to be loyal to their masters and are also known as man’s best friend.  It is their instinct to befriend humans as the relationship between man and dog throughout history has proven to be beneficial to both.  Because of this, dogs in dreams have come to represent our own instinctive loyalty towards someone as well as someone’s loyalty towards us.  When you get a dog dream it is always best to look at your relationships first as well as the behavior you and the other person are exhibiting within the relationship.  Do that and, odds are, you’ll find that the condition and behavior of the dog(s) in the dream are eerily similar to the condition and behavior of the people in the relationship.


Dear Lauri,
I had a dream the other night that there was this ugly black dog in our house.  It was attacking my children, my dog, and me.  The strange part is, even though he seemed very offensive and was biting us, it was not graphic (none of us were bleeding), but I could actually feel the dog biting me.   –Barbara, Oshkosh, WI

Lauri: Has some ugly situation invaded your peace of mind recently? The biting dog suggests this may have to do with the fact that a relationship or friendship, someone that ought to be loyal to you – symbolized by the dog – is offending you in some way, with criticism or harsh, “biting” remarks.  You feel the bites in the dream because it hurts you emotionally in waking life. Whatever this ugly situation is, your dream is warning you that it is beginning to affect your children too.

Barbara replies: Actually, it’s kind of funny Lauri. My sister and I have both been sharing similar stories lately of how our mom is playing us against each other. Or that she is using us (me in particular) as a butt of jokes to boost her own self esteem. What’s worse is I haven’t really even had a conversation with her since Christmas, as I haven’t done the calling. I (and both my children as well) have even unfriended her on Facebook and she didn’t even notice. Yet I am constantly hearing how she bashes me and my kids. So, yeah, I guess that makes sense. Thanks!


Now that Barbara can see her mom’s behavior as that of the ugly black dog in the dream, she has a clearer picture of the situation and therefor a clearer head when figuring out how to handle it. This is what dreams do for us, give us clarity and understanding we can’t really grasp while awake.

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