Do dogs become paralyzed during REM sleep?
I watched my buddy’s dog sleep one time. The doggy was laying down and he started moving his legs and making funny noises. His owner said that he having a dream about chasing his ball. I thought that was awesome!
The other day I learned in my psychology class that when humans go into REM sleep (where dreaming occurs) they become paralyzed. This might be do protect people from physically acting out there dreams. In addition to that, I learned sleepwalking/sleeptalking happens in sleep Stage 4 not REM.
If this is same for canines. It means the dog is not dreaming of chasing his ball and my friend is wrong.
What do you think?
This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.