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Why Dogs Twitch While Sleeping

Have you notice your dog suddenly twitching or shivering in his sleep? You may also see his feet moving, and/or he may also give off a small bark or grunt. Many animal behavior experts interpret these body movements as dreaming in dogs. Studies have demonstrated that there are three stages of sleep in dogs – non-rapid eye movement (NREM), rapid eye movement (REM), and short-wave sleep (SWS). As dogs dream, they involuntarily display certain body movements during REM sleep. A dog that curls up when sleeping often have less movements because his muscles are more tense compared to a dog that stretches out when he sleeps.

These involuntary movements are not really something to be worried about but when your pooch appears distressed or frightened, he may be having a ‘nightmare’. Awaken him up gently by speaking to him in soothing tones.

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