Dog attack dreams are never pleasant. No matter if you are dreaming you are being bitten by a dog, running from a pack of dogs, or maybe fighting with one or multiple dogs, it’s not something any of us want to see. Especially if you love dogs in waking life.
What Does It Mean To Dream About Dog Attacks?
One of the most common causes of dreams that involve dog attacks is emotional turmoil. While some people are scared of dogs in waking life, many of us can agree with the saying: a dog is a man’s best friend. And after all, dogs have been living alongside humans for thousands of years. They are the true companion species.
Therefore, when a dog attacks you, it can definitely be confusing. Here is a simplified description of this situation: something that has looked cute and cuddly just a minute ago is now trying to kill you. When we look at it this way, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that dreams about dogs can represent emotions that are mixed up. The line between love and hate is a thin one. Yes we can feel attraction and disgust at the same time. Sometimes, dreams about dog attacks are pointing towards such feelings.
When we are dealing with a complicated range of emotions that seem to arise at the same time, the process can be quite overwhelming. Sometimes, our subconscious tries to help us deal with the situation through dreams. Dreams about dog (see also article about dogs in your dreams) attacks can be just such dreams. Your mind is trying to help you work through your inner turmoil through these images. A common issue when such dreams arise is that we refuse to accept some new facts we discovered and we try to escape the inevitability of change.
This was the main meaning of dog attacks – one that is related to troubles within yourself and internal conflicts.
However, there is another important possibility when it comes to interpreting dog dreams: the dogs might represent friends or some other people close to you (see also White Dog Dream Symbolism). The dream could be telling you you are getting involved in some dangerous relationships. Otherwise, it could just be a symptom of some problems in your existing relationships.
As you can see, both of these interpretations are related to conflict, and that is the main meaning attached to dog attack dreams: some conflict, turmoil, or confusion. In the first case, it was internal conflict, in the second, it was conflict with people around us.
In any case, we should remember that dogs are not aggressive by nature. They are not born to attack humans. Not even wolves do that without dire need. What teaches dogs to attack is their environment, or the humans who train them. Always keep this insight in mind when interpreting dog attack dreams.
Are Dog Attacks A Real Danger?
Many people are scared of dog attacks, but is such a thing really that common? Well, first of all, it depends a lot on where you live. In some countries, there are large feral dog populations. In these places, people are rightfully scared of dog attacks and are often forced to learn how to defend themselves from dog attacks from early childhood. On the other hand, in many countries, there are practically no wild dogs roaming the streets, and the only danger of being attacked by a dog comes from irresponsible owners. Still, dog attacks remain a part of the everyday for many people, as weird as it may sound. According to some statistics, around 4.5 million dog attacks happen every year just in the United States.
But what does all of this mean for your dream? Well, first of all, if you have been attacked by a dog in waking life, your dreams might as well be reflecting this experience. However, you should still think about the appearance of the dog that attacked you in the dream. Being attacked by a sick dog is especially interesting. These dreams point to internal conflict and tell you it’s time to figure out what’s wrong and stop sabotaging yourself.
Although, if you are dreaming about a sick dog, and you have a dog, don’t rule out the possibility that your subconscious is picking up on subtle cues you are not aware of. It might be that your dog is actually sick. Take them to the vet just in case.
Dog Teeth Symbolism in Dreams
Dog teeth are an especially strong symbol in dreams. Did the teeth of a dog feature prominently in your dream. Maybe you have been bitten and felt and saw the teeth. On the other hand, the dog might not have ended up biting you in your dream, but instead just showed you their teeth.
In any case, this is not a good omen. Dog teeth in dreams are generally a sign of pain and suffering. This suffering might be coming from within, or it might be coming from someone else. It might be that someone you have considered a friend will show your their teeth in a figurative sense.
An alternative interpretation of dog teeth in dreams is seeing them as a symbol of the wild, untamed side within us. Understood in such a way, dog teeth in dreams might be pointing to an aggressive attitude. Where does it come from and is it justified? The dream is prompting you to think about this question.
Meanings of Dog Bites
In dreams about dog attacks, somebody usually ends up getting bitten. Not all bites are the same, though, especially when it comes to interpreting your dream. The most common situation with dog bites (both in dreams and in waking life) is getting bitten on the leg. If you dream your leg was bitten by a dog, this represents a loss of balance in life. You are not standing on your own two feet. It’s time to try and find the lost balance and regain your foothold.
When you dream about somebody else getting bitten, the meaning is quite different. This kind of image usually fotells betrayal. Somebody you trust might betray you in the future. Keep in mind it is not necessarily the person that was bitten in the dream.
Being Attacked By a Pack of Dogs
Dreaming about getting attacked by a pack of dogs is definitely scary. Your dream might actually be a representation of your feelings in waking life. Sometimes, life seems to throw every possible challenge at us at the same time. When it seems everything around you is falling apart and there is no way to fight this, you might start dreaming about a pack of dogs attacking you. There is a positive message to take from this dream, though: a pack of dogs is scary, but not invincible. You should treat the problems in your life the same way. Do not lose faith in the face of troubles. You have the power within you to overcome them.
Dreaming of Killing a Dog
Dreaming of killing a dog can be very uncomfortable, and the meaning of this dream is not very pleasant either. These dreams are not very common, but when they do happen, they carry a strong message.
As we already mentioned, a dog primarily represents a friend. When you dream of killing a dog, it usually signifies the end of a friendship. In this dream, the dog is usually a symbol of someone you trust, of platonic love towards someone. Killing a dog means losing a loyal friend. It does not mean your friend will die, though, but that your relationship is in danger.
Being Chased By A Dog
When you dream that you are being chased by a dog, this relates to some friendship in your life. Most of the time, the dog in your dream represents some form of friendship in your life. When you are chased by a dog, it usually means you are the one who is betraying a friendship. You might not have been loyal, and the dog chasing you is literally this relationship coming back to bite you.
The Psychology of Pets in Dreams
When we want to understand dreams, we often refer to various traditional dream dictionaries. However, there is also a basis in psychology for understanding our dreams. Sigmund Freud was one of the first to take dreams seriously. For him, our dreams are a reflection of our subconscious mind.
In Freudian understanding, animals in dreams are strong symbols too. When we dream about a pet or another animal, we should first try to consider what this animal represents for us – and this can vary a lot from person to person. Do you think that the animal in your dream represents yourself? Animals are also connected to our instincts, to our animal side. Therefore, in dreams, they can often be the expression of our wildest desires and impulses.