As humans, we are no strangers to confidence issues. What is less familiar is the animal expression of the problem. Indeed, many pets suffer from lack of courage, but owners don’t always know how to address them. The nature of confidence issues in dogs is diverse. Causes can range from severe trauma, like an abusive past, to more subtle sources, like environmental cues. Dogs also express their lack of confidence in myriad ways, from shyness to physical submission in facing a threat.
In mysticism, science and everyday life, dreams are invariable in the fascination they inspire. Thanks to research, we now have a better understanding of sleep and its physiological underpinnings, but existential questions still abound. When it comes to animals, especially our cuddly canine friends, the same wonderment arises.