Does anyone’s Boston Howl in the Middle of the Night while Sleeping?


Here is a question from Laura RamBran : “Does anyone’s Boston howl in the middle of the night while they are sleeping”

“My rookie has done it maybe 5 times total in the 3 years that we have had him. But in the last week he has probably done it 5 times!”

“His eyes are closed when he does it, but he lifts his head and then when I say ‘it’s ok’ or go to snuggle him he opens his eyes and looks shocked and then his ears go back. It’s so sad!”

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13 Comments on "Does anyone’s Boston Howl in the Middle of the Night while Sleeping?"

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Adam Zappe
July 1, 2014 5:57 pm

My Toby does it every night. He mostly does it when he sleeps next to me.

Megan Mays
July 1, 2014 2:59 pm

Yes, Baxter does this several times a day when he sleeps. I know when he begins to dream because his toes spread and twitch. Then his legs jerk like he’s running and his muzzle and eyes twitch. He starts out yipping a few times and then let’s a muffled howl. I love it but wish I knew what he was dreaming. It would be even more interesting because he is blind.

Lauren Smith Mutter
June 30, 2014 11:58 pm

Yeah my Buster does this occasionally and startles the snot right out of me in the middle of the night.… I gently wake him up and then he goes right back to sleep…Silly baby.

Megan Condon Connolly
June 30, 2014 10:37 pm

My boston doesn’t but my mastiff used to and it was really scary. He also did the running in his sleep thing.

Mike Martinez
June 30, 2014 8:37 pm

There maybe someone or something in the yard. All dogs are territorial and will bark or howl to warn intruder and owner.

Julie Baldwin Winn
June 30, 2014 7:25 pm

They are dreaming…had them all my life.

Betty Marcus
June 30, 2014 5:26 pm

Yes, it’s the most eerie thing, scared me, what it really sounds like is a wolf howl in the distance, and he usually is running in his sleep when he does it. My guess would be, it’s some type of ingrained pack memory, since all dogs come from the wolf way back, I believe.

Patty Russell Street
June 30, 2014 4:32 pm

One of mine does this, it scares me every time. I have always thought it was bad dreams. I’m not sure what would be that scary as I have had him his whole life. I wake him and he is fine. He goes right back to sleep.