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”

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“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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What do you think?

  • Adam Zappe

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

  • https://www.facebook.com/megan.mays.5249 Megan Mays

    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.

  • https://www.facebook.com/lauren.s.mutter Lauren Smith Mutter

    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.

  • https://www.facebook.com/meganconnolly1960 Megan Condon Connolly

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

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003763310115 Mike Martinez

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

  • https://www.facebook.com/sistuh.baldwin1 Julie Baldwin Winn

    They are dreaming…had them all my life.

  • https://www.facebook.com/bjmarcus Betty Marcus

    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.

  • https://www.facebook.com/patty.r.street Patty Russell Street

    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.

  • https://www.facebook.com/karla.fonseca.3114 Karla Fonseca

    mine sometimes

  • https://www.facebook.com/angela.petta.92 Angela Petta

    Oops *both*

  • https://www.facebook.com/angela.petta.92 Angela Petta

    My Boston pug crosses borh dream noisily. But they make funny whoop whoop noises, an attempt to sleep bark I suspect. They don’t howl though.

  • https://www.facebook.com/stacyloudermilk Stacy Loudermilk

    I have 3 Bosties. 2 males and 1 female and they have never done that. They snore alot but never howled.

  • https://www.facebook.com/Miladydragonsinger Melissa Cox

    My male will do it on occasion if he hears strange noises outside. He also does it if he imagines that there are squirrels outside as well. My female has never done it.