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    I guess I'm just posting because I feel so helpless. Hamilton has been having really bad dreams lately. He's been crying in his sleep, kicking his legs and shaking. All I can do is pet him and hold him until he calms down. Feel so useless.
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    Oh, I'm sorry! He must be remembering the awful times in the shelter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophiesmama View Post
    Oh, I'm sorry! He must be remembering the awful times in the shelter!
    i highly doubt this - dogs live in the present and i do not beleive 're-live' bad times in their dreams. plus not all dogs from shelters have had traumatic pasts and some are not horible places. and alot if dogs kick and wimper in their dreams

    all my fosters and personal digs have done this. i think it is cute and it makes me smile. some seldomly do ot while othere do it more regularly. i use to find rocky did it more after big days .
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    My Blaise, who has never had a single bad day or scary experience in his 3 years, whimpers and shakes in his sleep sometimes. All dogs do this. It's not something to be concerned with or provide comfort for.
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    I agree - many dogs do this and it is nothing to be concerned with. For all you know, he could be playing frisbee or chasing a rabbit!
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    Okay, I can see the kicking the legs could be dreaming about chasing a rabbit, or in Hamilton's case a squirrel since he's never seen a rabbit but the crying?? I've owned dogs for the last 30 plus years and I can't remember any of them crying so hard their body shook.
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    I wouldn't worry. Dio runs like the wind in his sleep, twitches, whimpers, snores... My Lita, she used to "bark" really softly in her sleep. Was the cutest thing!
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    Yep, whimpers and shakes are normal too
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    As everyone else has said, it's perfectly normal. Have you never heard a dog whine in excitement? It's just normal dreaming...be grateful he doesn't snore like a freight train!

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    Quote Originally Posted by judiz View Post
    I guess I'm just posting because I feel so helpless. Hamilton has been having really bad dreams lately. He's been crying in his sleep, kicking his legs and shaking. All I can do is pet him and hold him until he calms down. Feel so useless.
    Okay, my focus is on the underline. Hershey will cry, whimper, run in her sleep from time to time. But if I go to her and touch her, she wakes up and it is history. Your comment, 'pet himand hold him until he calms down'. Are you sure he isn't having a seizure?
    Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.

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