Imagine the following: you are sleeping at your home and you had a terrible nightmare. You just dreamt of a huge, mangy dog that started barking at you. Then, it turned into a dog that began to growl at you, and suddenly, that dog bites! You wake up in a shiver.
What does this dream mean?
Dreaming Of A Dog Attacking You
If you dream of a dog chasing you down and biting you, don’t panic. This is a totally common dream. It’s important to remember that dream interpretation can take multiple methods. Let’s take a look at what are the different meanings behind a dog attack.
1. You May Suffer In Real Life
When it comes to standard dream interpretations that involve omens and foretelling the future, a dog attack dream tends to be a warning. It’s not a pleasant dream, and the omen that it’s linked to isn’t pleasant, either.
This is a sign that you may deal with an uncomfortable confrontation, especially if you took a friendship for granted in real life. Are you worried that people are going to “show their teeth” to you?
2. There’s A Hidden Wild Side To You
Another interpretation noted by Aunty Flo was that the teeth could represent a wild side to you that you may have been trying to ignore or shove under the carpet. One might call it your dark side, or just the side of you that you’re not particularly proud of.
Ask yourself, is there some darker side to you that you’ve been repressing? Do you have an aggressive attitude? This could be a bad indication that you have a lot of issues dealing with that topic.
3. Someone Will Betray You
While you shouldn’t distrust everyone around you, this is an omen that the loyalty that you assumed would always be there isn’t what it appears to be. Not everyone around you has your best interests in mind!
4. You Feel Threatened
To a point, it should not be surprising that a dog attack dream can symbolize feeling threatened. If you lean more on the psychological side of dream interpretation, it’s clear that dogs can be very intimidating when they want to be.
A dog bite or full-on dog attack is a terrifying event. The dog (or dogs) in your dream could represent feeling intimidated by a person, an obstacle, or a situation you found yourself in. This is why even dreaming of a dog growling at you is a sign of feeling threatened.
5. There Is A Struggle Inside You
Did a dog bite your left hand or right hand? Spirit Animal Dreams notes that bites on the chest may be a physical allegory of the heartache you feel. Is something “eating at your heart” in your waking life? If so, you may need to address it.
It’s often said that a bite on your left hand is a threat to your feminine energy, while dreaming of a bight on your right hand is a sign that you feel emasculated. Either way, you probably feel out of control.
6. Multiple Struggles Are Coming Your Way
Most dog attack dreams tend to focus on one lone dog, which tends to represent one major confrontation, betrayal, or setback in your life. But, what happens when you dream of a lot of dogs chasing after you and biting you?
The general consensus is that more dog bites mean more problems for you. If you notice a tendency of dreams involving being bitten by packs of dogs, you are going to have multiple setbacks in both your personal and professional life.
If there are a lot of warning dreams regarding you being attacked, it could be that you’re being given a heads up about what will happen in your life.
7. You Might Get Injured By An Enemy
Believe it or not, the Islamic religion views dreams as potential omen-bearer. According to Islamic Dream Interpretation, a dream where a dog attacks you and bites you suggests that an enemy may actually physically hurt you.
This could be something along the lines of a slap to the face, or it could be something along the lines of vandalizing what is yours. Either way, it’s a sign that your bickering might not stick to mere words.
8. You’re About To Be Humiliated
What happens if you dream about being attacked by a dog, but only your shirt gets torn or your jacket gets ripped off? There’s another interpretation for that. Another mention from Islamic Dream Interpretation claims that this is an omen of public humiliation.
Do you have someone in your life that you worry may be out to “take you down a notch?” If so, now would probably be a good time to make sure you don’t give them a reason to hate you. If you are a believer in this form of dream interpretation, you may want to brace yourself.
9. Guilt Is Eating You Up
A dog attack dream could be more about inner conflict and your mindset than it could be about a bad omen. Dogs rarely ever harm people without reason. They’re creatures of devotion and loyalty!
If you’re dreaming of a dog attacking you, you might subconsciously believe you did something to upset the dog. In other words, this could be your guilt about a situation with different people coming to light.
People who didn’t act with honesty toward friends often will have dreams of dogs biting them as a result of latent guilt. Sometimes, it also is fear of being treated with the same disloyalty you treated others with.
10. You Have A Low Opinion Of Yourself
Some of the most common interpretations of dreams are also the most simple. When you’re dreaming about a dog (or multiple dogs) chasing you and attacking you, you might actually be feeling insecure about yourself.
The “dogs” in that dream would be acting as a metaphor for your insecurities attacking you. Dogs often represent unconditional love. Dreaming of something that’s supposed to offer unconditional love to you says volumes about your self-esteem.
Do you feel unlovable? Do you feel “down as a dog?” This might be what the dream is alluding to.
11. Your Actions Are Catching Up To You
Among many dream interpreters, being attacked by dogs (or even chased by a dog) is a sign that your negative actions may be catching up to you. An angry dog tends to be seen as a symbol of a loyal friend betrayed, or companionship gone wrong.
Dogs can easily symbolize people who have felt like you did wrong by them—perhaps because you gossiped about them, took something from them, or otherwise sabotaged them. This is especially true if you were mean to the dog in the dream.
If you dream of a dog chase that ends with you being bitten in the behind, it’s easy to see what that means. This is a clear warning to be nice, otherwise, your actions could end up biting you in the butt.
12. You’re Stressed
Life throws all kinds of curveballs our way, including issues with finances, friendships, and relationships. If you find yourself being a “stressful dreamer,” with dreams of being attacked by different things, this could be a sign of what you feel is going on in real life.
If you frequently suffer from depression and anxiety, you probably feel like you’re being “attacked on all fronts.” This could be reflected in the way that your dreams play out. In this case, each “dog” is actually another concern you might have about life.
Believe it or not, having a little bit of stress relief as part of your day can help cut down nightmares significantly. Even if it’s something as simple as gaming, a little self-care can go a long way in fixing frequent nightmares.
Dog attack dreams are absolutely terrifying, but they can happen to anyone. Have you had a dream of a pup gone bad recently? Tell us about it in the comments below.