Dream Biscuit

January 26, 2008

Do you have a dog? Have you ever come across your dog while it was dreaming in its sleep? Want to have some fun? From my experience dogs have two basic dreams: barking & running. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been woken up at night by one of the dogs. who is barking & chasing something in its sleep. They do this while napping during the day as well. My dog, the oldest of them, does this rather frequently. When I catch her doing it I whisper to her, “get the deer, get the deer”. She knows English better than some people I’ve met and so tears off in hot pursuit. Her legs start kicking and she gruffs even more. I figure its a good thing because I wish someone would whisper to me when I’m dreaming, “autobahn Ferrari, autobahn Ferrari”.

Now the other day, when I was typing up my last post, I caught her doing it again. She was under the desk at my feet. She was chasing something somewhere in a dream. So I stopped what I was doing. Backed out my chair. Put my head down by hers and began to whisper. I took a novel approach this time. I said, “good girl, good girl”. That seemed to get her attention, but she remained asleep. Then I said, “come her”, I made the official Come her sound, then “come her” again. She stopped gruffing at this point and only her feet were moving. Then I whispered, ” inside, come on inside”. I figured that at this point in her dream she and I would be standing in the front yard. To go inside she would run on the porch and wait for me to open the door. After several seconds of watching her move her feet in her dream and then stop moving altogether I said, “inside, inside, come on inside”. Her feet started to move again as she drempt of me letting her in the front door

All of this follows a typical sequence of events that occurs numerous times each day. The dogs and I are vastly familiar with it and there can be only one logical next step.

So I whispered, “want a biscuit”, “does good girl want a biscuit for being a good biscuit girl”, Biscuit, biscuit”. Her feet immediately started to kick and jump. I waited a few seconds allowing her time to dream herself into the kitchen. I then whispered, “sit, sit”. Her feet stopped moving. Followed by “nice, nice”, after that command I always give them their treat then say, “good girl, good girl” A second or two after I whispered this to her she began chew with her lips closed, in her sleep.

Mission accomplished!

I sat back up amazed that it worked. I then promised myself that I will always give my dogs biscuits when I catch them dreaming in the future. If you don’t know about this give it a try. It’s fun.

She woke up all by herself five or so minutes later.  Her tail was wagging and she was apparently glad to see me.



  1. (((((((((————–)))))))))

    This is a huge smile on my face.

  2. A wonderful post from the Bear whose a Dog Whisperer!

  3. immwia,
    You know it put one on mine too. ((hugs)) back at ‘cha.

    LOL! I guess I deserve that. Have you ever seen the photo series where the Polar bear plays with the sled dog?

  4. Polar, no I haven’t. If you have a link somewhere, I just may saunter over. Later…

  5. Hawk,
    Check out this link.
    Polar bear meets sled dog.
    More proof that Bears & dogs can get along sometimes.

  6. The dog whisperer? Hmm, Thats a cool trick, now if only you could Whisper to your kids” Did you clean your room? did you do your homework?” wait a few minutes and then say ” GoodJob! here’s 50 bucks.” then maybe their rooms would be cleaned and when they hit you up for 50$, you can say ” what? your dreaming! ”
    ~Grin~ i am so bad!

  7. Thanks Polar!

  8. Oh, my God Polar….this is too FUNNY! I think you’ve discovered something VERY wonderful here. I mean…I’ve seen dogs do exactly what you’re saying here, but never thought of actually partaking in their dream state. This is much too COOL!

    Hey…do you think this would work on CATS???? I doubt it. You know how they can be, “Like…please don’t interrupt my beauty sleep!”

    Wonderful, post!

  9. I will have to try this. I have a Basset and she howls in her sleep, long sad howls.

  10. Lady Sorrow,
    My kids have my number so I can’t pull anything over on them. God knows I’ve tried. 😉

    I think I may put a link to that article on my sidebar.

    Hola mi amigo. Welcome to the Court. I tried it again the next day but it did not work. Seems you can not use the animals Name or it wakes up immediately. Oh and be careful not to tell the dog to GO outside. It may do something right there you will wish it had not. Dobry Den.

    Poor little dog. Give her a scratch and a biscuit from me. Dobry Noc.

  11. Polar, I went to the link and what wonderful shots. Now, how cool and a totally unexpected expectation for the photographer.

    I actually bookmarked to do something with later. What, I don’t know. Been spending too much time in the tavern.

  12. I saw this happen to one of our dogs today. He was wagging his tail as if he was really happy for something. Unfortunately the other dog was wondering what he was doing (or maybe she was jealous), and woke him up.

  13. Hawk,
    Glad you liked it. I know of some more of those…

    The sleeping dog was probable dreaming about food. The other dog most likely smelled it & wanted some too! I have several dogs & none of then ever get any rest from each other.

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