If you are a dog lover and you are having dreams about dogs then you are likely going to end up waking up each morning with a smile on your face. It may well even give you a spring in your step for the day ahead.
However, if the dog dream in question involves a dog chasing you then the opposite might be occurring. You could be waking up stressed and anxious. Today, we are going to be looking at what it means for you if you are having dreams about dogs chasing you.
Different Interpretations Of Dogs Chasing You In A Dream
When you dream about dogs chasing you, there will of course be a few variants from one person to the next. For example, one person may see black dogs chasing them, while others will see white dogs. Some people may be scared of the dog, while others may be enjoying the chase. Some people may see a pack of dogs, while for others it might just be one on their own.
These differences can be important and will be touched upon when we look at the meaning and symbolism behind these types of dreams.
1. Running away from your responsibilities
The most common interpretation when it comes to dreams about dogs chasing you is that it is a metaphor for you running away from your responsibilities in real life. When people buy dogs, they are aware of the huge responsibilities involved in having a pet. You have to feed them regularly, play with them, and ensure they get ample exercise.
If you are running away from a dog in your dreams then it’s a sure-fire sign that you are shirking your responsibilities in real life. These responsibilities will, of course, vary from person to person but take these dreams as a message from your subconscious to make the important issues in your life a priority.
If the dogs in the dream are puppies then this could be a sign that young children in your family need your love and support. Maybe you’ve got children of your own who you need to do more for. On the other hand, you may have nieces or nephews that are missing you. Take this as a sign that they need more support and attention from you.
On a similar note, this type of dream could also be a sign that you aren’t ready to take on new responsibilities. Perhaps you and your partner are considering the prospect of trying for a baby. A dream such as this is a sign from your subconscious mind that you aren’t yet ready for this heavy responsibility.
2. A betrayal of trust is on the way
Dogs are famously known as man’s best friends and some of the most loyal companions on the planet. If one is chasing you aggressively then it shows that the dog in the dream has turned on you and is looking to attack you.
If this is the case then it may well be a sign that a close friendship or relationship of yours is going to be shaken in a huge way due to betrayal and disloyalty. With this in mind, you should start to be more careful about what you reveal to those close to you and keep an eye on them for any signs of betrayal.
On the flip side, it could also be your guilty conscience speaking to you if you are the one who is showing a lack of loyalty towards someone. Take this as a sign to stop whatever you are doing that could be considered dishonest because otherwise, it will eventually catch up to you, just like the dog in your dream. This may well be your final chance to put things right before the truth is uncovered so do not ignore it.
3. You are anxious about something in your life
Dreaming about a never-ending dog chase can be incredibly stressful. You may even wake up feeling exhausted. The reality of this situation is that you are likely anxious about something in real life that is making you feel equally as exhausting.
This anxiety can lead you down a dark path to depression if you keep ignoring the signs so take these dreams as a message from your subconscious to try and get on top of it. You should consider going to visit a doctor or a mental health professional who will be able to provide you with some well-being tips for relaxing your mind.
These tips may well be able to alleviate the inner conflict within your mind and relieve you from psychological pressure.
4. You are searching for something that you will never find
Something that people rarely consider when it comes to having a recurring dream of a dog chasing them is that they are actually the dog in the scenario. In these dreams, the dog rarely catches up with the person which is a sign that you may well be searching for something that you are never going to find. If you dream of being the dog specifically then this will almost certainly be the case.
The ‘thing’ that you are searching for may well be something physical like a significant amount of money or it could be something more symbolic like love or true happiness. While you are actively searching for this ‘something’ you are unlikely to find it. Most people who fall in love or come into fortune comment that it happened when they stopped putting pressure on themselves.
With that in mind, stop putting so much pressure on yourself to find what you’re looking for. If you don’t succeed in finding that one thing then you will feel like a failure which isn’t true. Once you start to relax, these dreams should stop.
5. You may have upset someone in your personal life
If you are a dreamer who is seeing visions of a dog attacking you or a pack of aggressive dogs chasing you down then it sounds like you are more likely encountering a nightmare rather than a dream. For many people, their dog is seen as their ultimate protector. So, if you’re seeing a dog hunting you down then it may well be that you’ve upset someone in your personal life and their spiritual dog is looking for retribution.
These protective guardians will do whatever they can to get you, meaning that you should consider how you have behaved recently in your personal life. It could be that you’ve done your partner wrong in your love life and that they are now out for revenge. Alternatively, it could be that you have broken a friend’s trust and they are considering removing you from their life aggressively.
Either way, an aggressive dog dream shouldn’t be taken lightly. When you wake up you should consider how you can go about mending your personal relationships before it gets to the point where they are seeking retribution.
6. You need to start having more fun
A dog chasing you in your dreams doesn’t always have to be a negative experience or one filled with dread. Instead, it can feel liberating to be out and about being playful with a friendly dog, even if is just in your dreams.
This kind of dream should be interpreted positively and as a sign that perhaps you should take more time out of your life to have more fun and enjoy the outdoors. It’s so easy to get bogged down with work, but before you know it your life will be over and you’ll have spent the majority of it with your head in work.
It might be time for you to book a trip away abroad with the family, or to pay a visit to an old friend or family member that you haven’t seen in a while. Enjoy spontaneous adventures throughout your life, you won’t regret it.
7. It’s time to buy a dog
Finally, any dreams about dogs could quite simply be the universe telling you that you need a dog in your life. Dogs are best associated with friendship, loyalty, and companionship so why wouldn’t you want one in your life?
Seeing a happy dog chase you in your dreams could be a sign that there is a dog out there waiting for you to pick them up. So, stop wasting time and go to your local dog shelter and give a dog a happy home.
Please note that dogs require a lot of attention and care so consider whether you are able to offer them this before going through with the purchase.
To summarize, if you are having dreams about dogs chasing you then there can be a number of reasons why. Go through the interpretations we have discussed today and consider which of them apply to you. Doing this may well help you to make better decisions in your personal life moving forward.