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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-28-2004, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation my puppy has nightmares consently

she shares a pillow,blanket, and even a bed and still she has nightmares in the middel of the night pleeze help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel like this= S.O.S.
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What we percieve as "puppy nightmares" is actually something vital to the growth and maturity process.

Twitching, running motions, whining - things that we as humans view as "scared" or "nightmare" behavior isn't really a nightmare at all.

In very young puppies - and in pups up to about 8 months to 1 year old, depending on the breed, these "sleep twitches" are the puppy's central nervous system developing before your eyes. Nerves are making connections and brain development is occurring during sleep. Sleep is vital to a puppy's growth and healthy development. These episodess aren't dangerous and the puppy doesn't percieve it as a "nightmare". Don't feel compelled to wake your pup during naptime or night sleep if you see her twitching - it's so important for healthy development of the nervous system.

It's sometimes disconcerting to watch - but try to remember - when you see your pup having "nightmares" - know that you are watching your puppy develop right before your eyes

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