Dog dream meaning

What does a dog mean in a dream?

Uncover Hidden Dream Meanings



A dog in a dream is the symbol of protection, this dream is a simple warning. You should try to protect something in life.

If the dog is friendly, then this suggests that someone or that someone is actually protecting you.


A dog can also mean faith and companionship. A dream about a dog is associated with powerful emotions and is usually indicative of important issues in one’s life. If you have previously owned the dog in your dream, it means that you are missing something or someone in your life. This is a sign to relax and take it easy.

In your dream you may have...

  • Seen a dog you previously owned.
  • Been bitten by a dog.
  • Seen a freighting, large dog.
  • Seen a chained, suffering dog.
  • Come across a dead dog.
  • Seen a hunting dog.


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    Ancient mythology displays many references to dogs. But how does this connect to your dream? Dogs can be found in cross-cultural mythologies, throughout history, and most of us have encountered a dog in waking lives. People often describe themselves as a 'dog person' when they prefer the company of this animal. Given their commonplace appearance in waking life, it is not surprising that dogs are also one of the most frequent animals in dreams.

    If you see a black dog…

    A black dog is a nocturnal creature found in the United Kingdom, connected with evil and death. This dog is normally associated with storms and bad weather. In the Greek mythology, Orion the great hunter had a dog named Sirius. The star Sirius is the brightest star in the night-time sky with a visual apparent magnitude of -1.47. Sirius is also known colloquially as the dog star. It is impossible to ascertain whether the creature originated in your dream is connected to any of these mythological dogs. For centuries, residents of England have seen a large black dog with malevolent flaming eyes. In Mexico there are old tales of two types of dogs, a white and a black one called cadejo. They are the spirits of good and evil. Therefore, if one sees a black dog in the dream this means that there will be many possibilities in life for the dreamer.

    Mythological dogs…


    Mythological dogs are definitely connected to our dreams. If you dream of these dogs, the dream may be connected to friendship. Dogs may also be sent to your dreams for guidance. Was the dog trying to tell you something? Dogs have the ability to see things you don't, such as ghosts and other forces.

    When investigating dogs present in our dreams, it is important to recall as many aspects of the dream as possible.

    Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider your animal dreams:

    • Is the dog wild or tame?
    • Has the dog been neglected or healthy?
    • What is the environment that the dog is living in?
    • Do you interact with the dog or do you see it from a distance?
    • Where does the dog come from?
    • Is the dog domesticated?
    • Is the animal scary or scared?

    A dog that is guarding gates or is located near something spiritual means that you need to guard yourself against something. A dog that is out of control shows that you can find the answers to secrets in meditation. Sometimes a dog featured in your dream can be helpful in gaining insight into your personality or psyche. A wild dog represents one’s deepest desire to be wild and carefree.

    If it is a domestic dog, it means happiness. If it is a wild dog, it means there are a number of difficulties coming your way.  You may need guidance in your life. This dream also suggests a possible journey, most likely on a spiritual path.


    In shamanism it is believed that everyone has an animal spirit guide and that this guide can help you shape your life with wise common knowledge. Therefore, it is important to consider if you feel (based on the details within your dream) whether this animal was sent to tell you something, guide you or give you advice. Cats are associated with a female presence, dogs are focused towards masculinity.  A dog's color is also important. Colors often appear randomly and can provide important information as to what the dream is attempting to communicate.

    According to Freud, dreams that include an act of saving are parturition dreams. To save, especially to save someone from a dog, is equivalent to giving birth, if the dreamer is a woman. This is, however, modified when the dreamer is a man.

    Dogs, scary animals and ghosts we are afraid of before going to bed, and which occasionally even disturb our sleep, originate in one and the same childish reminiscence.

    To see more than one dog in a dream and a pack of dogs is connected to friendships.  

    What this means to your life... 


    • Your consciousness is heavy, but your instinct is alert.
    • You feel inferior to other people.
    • A decided loved one has been forgotten and you must remember him or her.
    • You may win the lottery or at gambling.

    Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of a dog...

    Fear, anxiety, doubt, unpreparedness, happiness, confidence, reborn and trust are the feelings you might feel during the dream and these are also the same feelings that you may realize in a real life situation.

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