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What Does It Mean When a Dog Bites Me in a Dream?

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It seems like you are having a perfectly normal dream. You see a cute dog and reach down to pet it. Instead of cuddling you, the dog bites you. You wake up in a state of terror as the sensation of the dog bite runs through your hand. Was it just a dream or was there a deeper meaning to the dog bite?

dog bite spiritual meaning

Experiencing a dog bit in a dream can be traumatic and emotional. Dream meanings vary depending on the situation, symbols and location of the bite in the dream. While the dream interpretation can vary, there are a few common interpretations for this type of dream.

If the dog bites your right hand, it represents the masculine side of nature. It may also represent strength and activity. The left hand is thought to represent gentleness, femininity and generosity. If the dog bites your hand, it generally means that someone is trying to control you. They may be using words, slander or gossip to try to hurt you. If it bites your right hand, it hurts your masculine hand. If the dog bites your left hand, it means that someone is harming your feminine side. If the dog just bites your fingers, it may mean that you are losing skills associated with the side that the dog bit.

When a dog bites your arms in a dream, it generally represents something going on in your working environment. Often, it means that someone is being aggressive at work. Someone at work may also be trying to betray you.

Legs typically symbolize life and being balanced in life. If the dog bites your ankle or leg, it may mean that you are living an out-of-balance lifestyle. Often, the source of this imbalance is someone you care about. If your feet are bitten by a dog, then it means that your foundation is being shaken apart by a person that you trust. Your toes have a different meaning as well. Typically, toes are a part of your legs’ structure and help o keep you balance. When your toes are bitten, it shows that you do not want to try a new situation or you are hesitant about moving on.

When a dog bites your shoulder in the dream, it shows that you are overwhelmed by your responsibilities. In some cases, it may also mean that someone near you is making those responsibilities even harder to bear.

When a dog bites your eyes or ears in a dream, it shows that someone you trusted emotionally is preventing you from observing or experiencing the world in the way you wanted to. If the dog bites your neck in the dream, it shows that someone near you is driving a wedge between your heart and mind. This may be creating an inner conflict between what you think is the right thing to do and your feelings.

If the dog bites your face, it shows that an issue has developed because of someone near you. Other people may be able to see the situation that is confronting you, but they might be unable to help you deal with it. If you are bleeding from a dog bite in your dreams, it shows that there is a confrontation with someone near you. You may feel guilty because of a physical or emotional fight with that person.

When a dog only attempts to bite you in a dream, it shows that you have inner conflicts about someone close to you. The conflict has not truly risen to the surface yet, but your subconscious is already aware of that possibility.

If the dog is trying to bite a bone in the dream, it actually represents a more auspicious meaning. This means that you are trying to understand the future. You know what you want out of life, but you are not certain if that is what the future holds yet. Meanwhile, a dog biting furniture shows that someone may try to hurt your home life or family. It may be a close friend or family member who is hurting the tranquility of your home or marriage.

dreaming of a dog trying to attack you

Other Dog Meanings

The different types of dogs and symbols in your dream can also carry unique meanings. We will cover some of the more common ones.

Dog Fight: A dog fight in your dream shows that you feel ashamed. You may be trying to represent an aspect of yourself.

Bulldogs: A bulldog represents a protective force that is helping you in your life.

White Dog: A white dog shows that your friend’s intentions are pure.

Black Dogs: Black dogs in your dream show the dark side of a friend. Their true intentions might be hidden, but you are able to see through them.

Dachshund: A dachshund in your dream shows your devotion and loyalty to the people around you. Your rational thinking is well-grounded.

122 COMMENTS

  1. I am scared of dogs in real life. Today I had a dream that one dog was running towards me and my cousin. We were trying to be safe but at the and that dog grabbed my left hand with his mouth and attempt to bite me. I was so scared and screaming. I felt his teeth on my fingers and tried to push that dog but it didn’t work. I wasn’t bleeding to though. But I felt like my hand will start bleeding soon if this dog won’t let go of my hand. Then my mother woke me up. It was already morning and I was scared to death when I woke up.
    How should I interpret this dream? Is it just because I’m scared of dog ? Or does it mean something else ?

    • This dream is likely related to your fear of dogs. It is normal to have dreams which are manifestations of your fears. If you have a dream in the future about a dog chasing you, then address that dog within your dream. You will find great benefit in attempting to spend time around dogs in your waking life. This will certainly help you overcome your fear. Have a great day, Avni!

  2. when I was I kid I used to be scared of dogs,as time went by i got used to them, not until I heard a dream of a dog biting my tentacles.
    m really confused about that

    • Your dream is a reflection of your concerns and worries. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Mathews!

  3. I had a dream a dog was biting my hand but it didn’t hurt at all and I believe the dog hardly had teeth, the dog was very calm and didn’t hurt me ??

    • It may mean that someone is trying to control you or harm you in some way. The location may also mean that this relates to your work. In some traditions, dream interpreters believe that each hand reflects the feminine and masculine sides of human nature as well, so it is possible that the harm is being caused to that side of yourself.

    • Dogs are often reflections of loyal friendships. The back biting may be a reflection of feelings of betrayal. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Jonathan!

    • Dogs are often reflections of loyal friendships. The back biting may be a reflection of feelings of betrayal. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Meston!

  4. I had a dream about walking with my dog and my family and a brown dog approached us. It looked like a golden retriever and its face looked rather odd. It didnt look normal, it had a big face and forehead and its eyes were far apart. It stands in between me and my dog and I reach down to pet it and it bit my part of my left hand with my pinky finger and it wouldnt let go. I’m looking at it like WHY ARE YOU BITING ME IM NOT TRYING TO HURT YOU. And then I sort of yank my hand out of its mouth once I felt it loosen it jaw. It was just standing there too not doing anything but looking straight. And for some reason I reach back up with my right hand to pet it again. (I dont know why I would do that after getting bit the first time but hey, it’s a dream and couldn’t control what I did.) So it gives me an angry look and bites my right hand this time but before I even got to pet it. It sort of rushed at me. ( I was bent down so it knocked me down.) As this happens my dog wants to attack the stray dog but my husband stops him as the dog is only interested in attacking ME. I woke up soon after.

    • Dogs are often manifestations of social relationships in your life. It is possible that you have had a recent interaction where you shared your positive energy with someone, only to have them to return abuse to you. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Alicia!

  5. In my dream, I am in a foreign country and walking in a silent street and then I see group of dogs and I keep walking and suddenly a German shepherd type dog attacks me and his mouth on my private area(front) and I am screaming badly for help and there is no one to help… More dogs attack and i started throwing sand which was on road onto them… I didn’t get a bite but was shit scared and panicked and was fighting with them… This scene was continuing and I woke up sweating and heart beating harder.

    • The dogs in your dream may be manifestations of worries or concerns that you may have in your life. The specific meaning of a dog bite may be found in this article. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Sam!

  6. I had a dream of 2 dogs both half back and half white. One was actually biting my right hand the other one I was holding off/back with my left hand. Both very aggressive and refused to let me go no matter what I did. There were also a lot of children already, but the dogs were only focused on me.

    • The specific meaning of dogs can be best understood in this dream. It is possible that the coloration of the dogs may hold special meaning to you. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Tia!

  7. For the last several weeks I just keep dreaming the same about a dog bitting my ankle but I was calm and not freaking out which was weird. So when I pass a dog now it’s been on my right side my ankle where I keep having that dream. But I do not look at the dog and just keep walking but in my mind I the picture the dream.

    • The specific meaning behind dogs biting you within your dream may be best understood by reading this article. It is possible that there is a worry or concern that you may have in your life. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will help draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Madeline!

  8. I had a dream that a friends dog nipped my face while sleeping.

    I then had a another dream same night that my friends dog bit my butt.

    • Dreams about dogs may be reflections of various social influences in your life. It is possible that you feel concerned about someone or something that you deal with frequently. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Anne!

  9. My brother has killed many dogs. Last night I dreamed he had a pretty dog that couldn’t stop chewing its own leg and before I knew it, the dog had almost entirely skinned himself.

    • It sounds like your brother kills dogs in your waking life. This is terrible. If you are aware that he has killed dogs, then you should speak with law enforcement about his behaviors. If he has recently harmed an animal or another person, then immediately inform the police. Your dream is a reflection of your knowledge and possibly your inaction regarding his behaviors. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Meena!

  10. It felt so real. I was fighting a guy that was trying to attack me. I took the tool he was trying to hit me with and pointed it at him. When I looked tword the window two police officers looked up at me and one started yelling put the gun down. So I thru the tool as I ran and next thing I know theres a police dog running up behind me. It jumps on me and bites my right hand . Then another one comes and is just walking around me. I told her what happened and how it wasn’t a gun. But they still arrested me..

    • The dream shows that you are worried about an upcoming event or some outside factor causing you harm. The fact that the police are not on your side may indicate that you feel as if other people and even authority figures will not be able to help you in this matter.

  11. So I will brief it as possible. I have 2 pets a lab and a beagle. Just lost beagle 2 weeks back due to health condition and the lab is doing fine. We did all the rituals properly for his ending.Now today in morning I had a dream that I’m in a place which is unknown to me and I have a dog and I went inside a building to check out something. Now in that building there is another dog black lab who is Young and naughty. So somehow this black lab go outside and starts playing and my dog is inside the building. Now when I go outside to bring the black lab back and he is being naughty jumping around anyways I grab him and holds him up and start walking towards the building, now there are many street dogs and watching this lab in my lap they start to come near me and I bravely say go back and then all of them attack me and bites me I somehow manage to go on a higher ground near by and get to a place where they cannot reach and start throwing some stones so that they get back. Out of nowhere I see my brother and dad and tell them they all are trying to harm this dog and they attacked me and bit me…so my dad and brother then start beating up those dogs and then that’s what I remember. Trying to save black lab from street dogs in which they all bit me. Now what does this indicate???? Please specify.

    • The bite and the attack from the dogs is most likely connected to all of the negative emotions you have surrounding the death of your own dog. You are trying to save the black lab because it is the lab you are left with in real life. This dream just shows the feelings you are still trying to work through in your waking life, so I would not be too worried about it. Best of luck, Varun!

  12. So I just had a dream i was driving my car which was wierd becuase i have NEVER had a dream with something i had owned in it. But i was driving and had pulled over for some reason. I stepped out then i heard someone from in my car yell “look out” it sounded like my girlfriend. then i heard the jingle of dogs tags i rushwd to reopen my car door which of course bieng a dream could not open an slower. then a black terrier sized dog bit my right hand not fingers just the mid hand and would not let go until i opned my car door got inside threw the dog out the window. Rolled up the windows and locked my doors. Then heard the barking of sounded like a thousand dogs putsode my car and woke up on my back. (I sleep on my side and always wake up where i fell asleep)

    • The presence of your car within the dream may be an indication of something that you value. The dogs could be manifestations of concerns or worries in your life. It seems that there may be a fear or concern that you are dealing with. Make a decision about what changes you may make at this time. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Jared!

  13. I just had a dream where my clise friend and I met someone and I kept my bag and another friend’s bag in his home and we went out. Now, after a while, I went back to this person’s home to get both bags. I went alone and I knocked and heard him say, come in, and I did go in. As I entered his home, he was sitting in his living room and a small dog beside him. The dog started barking at me and he continued to tell the dog to stop, but the dog suddenly ran toward me and bit me on my left palm and held on without letting go. If I raised my hand, the dog remained no matter what. The owner and his family continued to tell the dog to let go to no avail. Finally, I felt the dog inching up to cover my arm with its teeth, and I told tje owner I have to kill the dog to free my hand. They agreed and I smashed the dog’s spine on the wall, and so I became free. The dog limped to its owner and collapsed, dead at his feet. Then I woke up.
    What does this dream mean?

    • This dream may be a reflection of various influences in your life. It is possible that you recently interacted with a dog that was unpleasant. It is also possible that the dog is a representation of another social influences in your life. Your decision to kill the dog may be manifestation of certain influences in your life. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Onyema!

  14. In my dream, I went to buy meat and I saw two women sitting down, and the dog is between them. So people start saying that the dog bite and that no body should near the dog. The process of when I was going to buy meat the dog bites my waist. So am scared what does it represent…The colour of the dog is brown

    • The dog in your dream may be a manifestation of a social relationship that you may have in your life. Judging by its actions, there may be someone new that may be causing stress in your life. If there is something in your life that is causing you concern in your waking life, then avoid it if possible. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Anita!

  15. I had a dream that I was at a table (at a house I moved from years ago )eating with friends and this man with a dog kept coming in letting his dog go and his dog kept coming towards me trying to bite me in between my legs I thought because I was dropping food then the very last time the man came in every one got mad cause the dog really did bite me on my butt this time cause I tried getting away from it but not running and the man just kept saying his dog doesn’t bite but clearly it does I’m just confused on why I’m dreaming this and I couldn’t see nobody face or even the dog I could see me and feel what I was doing only

    • The dream shows a subconscious feeling that you are being harmed by something in your waking life, but no one is listening to you. Even when you try to get help or point out the problem, you may feel as if they are just ignoring you and not listening to what you actually say.

  16. A dog chased me to a roof top and was biting my buttock. It caused pain. Then I fell off the roof top and that’s when the dog let go of me and he too fell as well

    • Dogs are often indications of a friends or uncertain social relationships. In the case of your dream, this may be a reflections of a fear or concern in your life. It is possible that social reasons caused this dream to appear in this manner. There may be something in your life that is stressful. You will find benefit in removing such things from your life. Have a great day, Fehamida!

  17. I dreamt i was in a school gathering with my course mates and we were about to do seminar, and few of my lecturers and HOD were around. I was instructed by my HOD to act as the moderator and i came in front and began moderating, my course mates laughing at me cos they knew i was naturally shy and have a low voice. So evry students there was to present their seminar one by one and i was calling out their names one after the other to come forward and present theirs.
    During the course of that, the student were making some noise at the background and i was angry and ordered all of them to be quiet and stop distracting what was going on. I heard some of the students in my left handside driving or chasing something, saying, “go away” and the gathering went disorganised and i wondered what was happening. Lo and behold, i saw a dog running hysterically and snapping around the students and i said i was goin to drive that dog away cos it was interrupting our meeting. Many of the students have left already.

    • This dream is a reflection of your academic career and your concerns about disorganization. You are aware that you speak in a low voice, and you may feel that it undermines your authority. Make a decision about what changes you do or do not want to take. The dog may be an indication of your thoughts regarding chaos. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Precious!

  18. Hi
    Actually it was morning dream and I saw it near 5:30 AM
    In dream, it was late evening and I was in park.
    A white and black dog was coming towards me slowly but he was growling aggressively and was also showing his teeth.
    There was something really heavy beside me and I threw that on dog but it didn’t affected him much as after getting hit it attacked me. I tried to hold him hard by grabbing his mouth but still it managed to give a light bite on my left hand. I was so angry that i threw him outside the park and he got stuck in boundary and was still trying to return.
    Then I woke up.
    Pls help

    • The dog within your dream may have been an indication of a social relationship that you have. The biting could have been an indication of a concern or negative interaction that you may have experienced. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. You will draw positive people and energy into your life by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Addy!

  19. I had a dream of a white dog it looked like a pit bull. It bite me in my forehead over my right eye and it locked on and wouldnt let go. It was strong each time i tried to pull away it clamped tighter. Until i just stopped fighting and it fell asleep in my lap then it releases me. But stayed in my lap i was afraid to move fearing it would wake up

    • Dreams of being bit by a dog may be an indication of concerns that you have in your life. It is possible that you feel a social relationship may be making you feel uncertain about the future. Make a decision about what you feel is appropriate for the future, and take appropriate action. You will draw positive people and energy into your life by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Grenada!

  20. I had a dream that I was walking and someone’s dog just came out the blue and aggressively barked at me and ran up to me and attempted to attack me they didn’t stop the dog or nothing. I ran as fast as I could to get away did circles around the house until someone let me in. Once I got to the doorstep the dog caught my left hand in its mouth and I pulled my hand out and ran into the house. The dogs teeth left painful marks on my hand.

    • Since dogs are frequently a symbol of friendship, loyalty and faithfulness, the dream may show that you feel worried about some of the people close to you. You may be afraid that a friend is going to betray you or doesn’t really have your best interests at heart. The fact that the dog leaves marks on your hand may mean you feel like these friends will leave lasting harm.

  21. I had a dream of a dog sleeping on the bed. I reached over to pet it. The dog lifts it’s head and bit me. The dog was not aggressive and the bite was not hard. But he wouldn’t let go of my hand. Someone else that was there on the bed had to open the dog’s mouth so the dog could let go of my hand. My hand was not hurting. The dog went back to sleep. Then I woke up.

    • Dogs are often a sign of loyalty or faithfulness, so the dog in the dream may represent a friend or family member who is not as loyal or as faithful as they ought to be. You may be concerned that someone you thought was your friend doesn’t have your best interests at heart after all.

  22. I had a dream that a dog bit my nephew on the head. And he wasn’t able to remove it so he was walking around with dog’s mouth still attached to his head. It was so gross I couldn’t go back to sleep. It really creeped me out

    • Dogs are often a reflection of a social relationship, and injuries often reflect a change of some sort. In this case, there may be some social relationship (such as between you and your nephew or between him and someone else) that is undergoing change. You may be concerned that the change is a negative one, which is why the dream seemed to generally be a negative one.

  23. I had a weird dream, I was going somewhere with my mom, in train, plane or boat, and there was a dog beside us that looked a bit aggressive. I tried to pet him and he became friendly, but when my mom tried same he bit her finger. Very worried what does it mean. Thanks!

    • Dogs are often reflections of loyal social relationships. You may have someone in your life who is at odds with your mother, or perhaps their advice is conflicting. Make a decision about what you want for your future, and take whatever action that you feel is appropriate.

    • Dogs are a symbol of loyalty and fidelity. The fact that he is trying to hold you back in the dream may mean you feel like your friends or someone close to you is trying to hold you back and prevent you from doing something dangerous in your real life.

  24. I’ve dreamt that my left elbow has been bitten by 3 different dogs. The first was a grey pitbull on a lead with a person it just turned and latched on to my elbow and I could see it’s snarling teeth. Think the 2nd might’ve been a whippet it had a long nose and was brown and white this was less aggressive but again took me by surprise. I can’t remember the third. Never had this type of dream before in my life!!

    • Dogs may represent social relationships that you have in your life, while being bitten could be a sign of a concern or stress that you may be dealing with. Make a decision about what best course of action that you should follow in your waking life. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

  25. I dreamt that one man tried to assault and chased me so I opened the gate but the gate got stucked for sometimes and then it opened before the man got me I called out for a dog, black in colour and then the dog bit the man till he disappeared and then the dog came to me and I was hugging him and he stayed with me for a long time till he became sleepy so I kept him in his dog house to sleep and he slept quite really well. What does this mean?

    • Dreams about being chased are indications of concerns or worries that you may have. You went to a dog for protection, and this may be related to your thoughts regarding dogs. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. If there is a dog in your life, then nourish your connection with it by spending additional time together in person.

  26. Last night I dreamed I was in my moms house, sitting in bed in my childhood room talking to my mom. The window was open and then suddenly dogs started to jump in one at a time interrupting us. I think the first one just wandered through the house or maybe first few then a small whiteish bully dog jumped in and bit my right hand. I got his jaw open and kicked him out of the room. Then another dog came in this one biting my left hand and arm had, once again I fought open his jaw and pushed him out of the room. At one point I yelled to my mom to ask her to help. I then went in the hall where a little kid was bullying my son and started yelling at him. He asked If I knew who he was saying he was my moms grandson to which I replied he should know who I was then and the kid bit my hand like a dog. Also somewhere in there some one said this was happening because of a senator?

    • Within this dream, someone said that this was because of a senator. This may be a sign of your political concerns that may have in your life. It is possible that the behaviors of the people within the dream could be a sign of your feelings toward other aspects of your life. Introspection will help guide your understanding of this dream.

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