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I wasn't sure where to post this thread.. seems like a health problem as it does concern me a bit.

Sometimes Sofia has dreams.. she whimpers and puffs air through her cheeks.. It seems as if she's distressed, so I will stroke her gently...disrupting the REM..( do dogs have REM? her eyelids are moving 

Should we wake our kids up if they're dreaming?? Do you think it's like a nightmare? If it was a happy dream, wouldn't they be wagging their tales?

I've seen dogs " run" in their sleep, that doesn't bother me.. but the crying does..

Thoughts anyone?? Thanks

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Raven does this as well! I have too started to wonder about it! She sometimes whines so badly and she seems to shake- It makes me wonder what happened to her before we got her....

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Do you wake her up? Now I'm wondering if it's a rescue trait

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It could be a rescue thing, but then again probably not all the time.

Miles is a very active dreamer and because I'm in tune with him I know when he's having a nightmare and I wake him up (I'd want to be woken up!!) and pet him for a minute before he can settle back down.

Steve has only had a few twitching dreams but by the time this kid falls asleep I think its from pure exhaustion.. the little devil..

If I were you, I'd just wake Sofia up.  "Sofia, its OKAY!!!" and once she's up praise her again and then let her rest.  But that's me!  

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That's what I do Jess..and thank you.. I would want to be woken up as well.. She never starts or jumps when I do, as I just stroke her very softly and tell her " It's okay Sofia, you're safe now and so are we." She goes right back to sleep and it's very peaceful

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Kate I also wake her up and maybe now I know why she has nightmares!!! My poor little angel- I definately think I will put her in the rescue catergory now- also came to find out she never left that awful place - was there the whole time along with 2 of her litter mates-Ugh!!!!! Tell sofia i said dream sweetly she deserves it XOXO Mandy Cisco and Raven...

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Hmmm, Ziva also has 'dreams' and will move all 4 feet like she is running, and sometimes will have a little muffled bark with her mouth closed while cheeks are puffing out, but nothing like my little Rattie, Bo has.  He was a rescue, literally from "Death Row" at a shelter where he had been for almost two years, and actually during that time had been adopted once and brought back there because the woman that took him home said she didnt think her other dog liked him much.  He has nightmares where he will honestly almost scream and shake.  Maybe it IS a rescue thing.  I always wondered just what a dog would dream about to make it scared like Bo sometimes gets....just repressed memories, I suppose, is scary enough for them.

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Ahhh.. poor little Bo. Paul, you rarely talk about anyone but Ziva.. I know it's a Doberman Forum..but may we hear more about your little guy too? Can you imagine what he went through in Prison Camp?

Bless you for rescuing him.. He is so lucky to have you guys!!

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Awww. Maybe she is worn out? Laith cries/whines himself to sleep sometimes after he has had a long day outside. Lately, instead of snoring he will wiggle his nose. Other than that he runs pretty fast in his sleep. Then he will slow down, then speed back up. :)

That is interesting about the rescues... 

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I can understand that. Some of their experiences, like Miracle, are horrific. Red usually sleeps quietly as does Princess. Sometimes Red will make woofing sounds in his sleep, but rarely runs. Of course until we got him on thyroid medicine he didn't ever run when awake, just lumbered along like a Rottie.

BTW Kate - another great photo of La Diva.

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Skye runs, jumps and leaps in her sleep!! lolz... sometimes she will cry and I have to wake her up because it gets to the point where she wakes me up.