Dream interpretation is a subjective art, not an exact science, and symbols interact with each other to create possible meaning.
Animal dreams symbolize your basic feelings, behaviors, and reactions. They are dreams about instinct, often repressed or overlooked, and frequently reveal the shadow side of a person’s everyday self.
These dream animals are often indicators of a self you hide during the day and can help you get to the essence of problems and feelings.
Dog dreams often have to do with the basic instinct towards friendship, loyalty, and protection. Sometimes the dog will represent you, the dreamer, while other times they will stand in for people in your life.
Aggressive dogs in dreams have a variety of meanings depending on context. It could be that you or someone you know is being disloyal, that you have an inner conflict, or that someone in your life is untrustworthy.
A happily barking dog is a symbol of social pleasure and acceptance into a group. If, on the other hand, the dog is barking angrily it could be that you are demanding and controlling.
Getting a dog in your dream can mean that you are lonely and need to find more friends.
If you are part of a pack of dogs in your dream it could be that you are searching to belong and may mean that you need to reconnect with your family.
Rubbing the belly of a dog symbolizes a relationship in which you feel at ease and totally trust the other person.
Puppies represent your ability to nurture.
Some breeds have specific meanings:
People who dream of Dachshunds are grounded and rational. These dreams highlight loyalty and devotion to other people and causes.
If you dream about German Shepherds you are feeling protective and alert. Dreams about training German Shepherds highlight your openness to ideas, but may also point to you being easily influenced by other.
It is well known that Goldens are considered one of the friendliest and most loyal dogs. Dreaming of them is a good omen about an important friendship.
Remember that these dream dogs can be stand-ins for dogs in your life, yourself, or someone who has dog-like qualities. Sweet dreams!