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Old 07-13-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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Default Excessive Vocal Daily Nightmares

I can't really find anything close to what my dog goes through anywhere else online. But, my dog is essentially non vocal. Never barks, doesn't whine too much. Nada... Except when he's asleep. Every. Single. Time. That he falls asleep, he starts whining, yelping, growling, and occasionally barks. Literally every time. He's almost 2 years old now. And he's a large dog, so it scares the sh*t out of my when he suddenly lets a massive bark or yelp out. He comes to work with me as well, so this is starting to become a problem. He wakes me up at night, he inter ups work. He's an extremely well behaved dog. But what the heck. All day it seems that it is non stop whimpers etc because he happens to be asleep, and it seems to be getting worse. I feel bad for waking him up. But when it is that loud and disruptive at work, or jolts me out of bed, I need to stop it. And he doesn't mind. He just wags his tail and goes back to bed.
It doesn't seem right for him to be this vocal while sleeping, and so frequently. I like taking my dog to work with me, he helps my anxiety, it's getting ridiculous. I am sure people are starting to think I am beating my dog in my office.
And I can't get a solid sleep with him. I have a hard enough time sleeping when it's quiet, but him doing all that is not helping. Being jolted out of bed also triggers my PTSD and anxiety.

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Have you spoken to your vet about this? Perhaps he would be willing to try some anti-anxiety medication for your dog to allow him a peaceful night's sleep. I have two dogs, a three year old and a 6 month old pup, and they both do the running, yelping, dreaming thing while they are asleep but when they have had sufficient exercise they are much more likely to sleep without these vocalizations.
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Old 07-13-2016, 12:24 PM   #3
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My dog is far from anxious. It's more like everything is vivid when he is sleeping. I have tried more exercise, for him, and nothing seems to change the frequency.
I did mention it to my vet when he was younger, still under a year old, and she said he would likely grow out of it, and didn't really seem to grasp that it was worse than the typical puppy dreams.
He's sleeping, so I don't know if it's possible to correct him. I can't really scold him. Although, there are times when he will wake me up which will wake up him and he will be concerned about me. But he's clueless that it was his fault. More like 'hey, why are you all freaked out??? Let me come cuddle!'

I've had dogs all my life, and worked with dogs all my life, but nothing even comes close to how excessively he has these vocal dreams.

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I wonder if a dog can have night terrors like children do, and if age would fix it. Or changing his sleeping schedule. I don't know if this will help but when my son was little he had night terrors. The pediatrician said to wake him up periodically so he would have less heavy sleep. I was reluctant to wake up a sleeping toddler, but he eventually outgrew it.
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My first guess would be that he's having night terrors as well, or that he's somehow picking up on your PTSD/anxiety and getting nightmares that way, but you say he's not anxious at all. Very strange. I'd suggest taking a video of one of his episodes to show your vet so they understand the severity of the situation.

I suppose it's possible that he really is having some really bad dreams, and just forgets about them when he wakes up. If that's the case, then the advice you find online for nightmares is worth a try, in my opinion. Do let us know how he does if you try anything.

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... I'd suggest taking a video of one of his episodes to show your vet so they understand the severity of the situation...
I think this is a very good idea.
My two (a 2 year old and a 5yr. old) both dream and "talk and run", but not to the extremes that you have described. Good luck and try to take a video to show the vet. Please keep us posted.
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Thanks for everyone's responses. I will try and take a few videos as I can.
But I don't get the sense that he is having 'bad' nightmares often, the occasional one yes, but the most he doesn't sound distressed, just excited? I think that's a good word to describe it.

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Hi i am a bit late coming in on this disscussion My dog Nipper does this too and will often while lying on her side wag her tail so yes she is dreaming nut happy ones The video of your dog sounds like a good idea but don't think there is anything to worry about
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