Dogs are very common in mythology and therefore often show up as dream symbols. The ancient Greek personage of Orion the Hunter had Sirius the Dog for his companion. Sirius is a star in the constellation of Orion. And Greek mythology includes Cerberus, a three-headed dog that guards the Underworld.
Sirius, the star, also had a place in Egyptian mythology, with its appearance announcing the yearly flooding of the Nile. Anubis, the Egyptian god of the Underworld, is often shown as having the head of a jackal and is associated with dogs.
Chinese culture includes “Fu Dogs,” which are part lion and part dog and act as guardians. Homes and businesses in Asian countries often have statutes of Fu Dogs at the entrance for protection. In Britain, however, the black dog is considered an omen of death, and howling dogs are thought to be death omens.
Usually, the dog dream is a good omen, especially of the dream dog is big and powerful, which indicates that you have powerful friends who are protecting you. If you dream of a dog, it may indicate that you have forgotten or ignored a particular skill and that you should re-activate this skill. Because dogs are associated with concepts such as loyalty, generosity, and protection, the appearance of a dog in a dream may mean that these values and characteristics will help you succeed in the world.
If you dream of a vicious dog, this suggests you are struggling with some inner conflict, or it may mean that you are confronting betrayal in some area of your life. If you dream of a dead dog, it means that you will lose a close friend.
A dream that includes being bitten on the leg indicates that you need to regain balance in your life and be willing to approach a new situation and move ahead with your goals. To dream of a dog barking in a happy way suggests that you will experience considerable social activity. A ferociously barking dog, however, indicates that you are making demands of people and trying to control situations around you. The barking dog may also indicate meetings with unfriendly people.
If you are buying a dog in your dream, it suggests that you try to “buy” your friends or symbolizes your need for companionship. To dress up a dog in a dream means that you are trying to cover up flaws in your character.
Dream dogs sometimes act as guides to lead the dreamer to unseen worlds. As such, it’s important to note the surroundings in your dog dream, since this can provide a clue about the area of life that the dog is showing you. A dream dog may also represent a child or children and the maternal instinct as well. Because dogs are pack animals, their presence in a dream suggests a need to more friends or closer ties to family.
Dogs represent male energy and indicate areas of life in which the dreamer should be more active. They may represent male sexuality or aggressiveness, or be symbols of instinctive and intuitive knowledge. They can also symbolize areas or issues over which you either have or need to have more control.
An injured dog in a dream suggests that you pay closer attention to yourself and your health or remove yourself from a situation in which you could be hurt. Black dogs symbolize depression or death, since in many world mythologies, the dog is a guardian of the gates of death or a messenger or guide to the Other Side.