The Dog Spirit Animal
Author: Elena Harris
Dogs are canines that have been domesticated. They are descendants of coyotes and wolves. After reading about the Dog spirit animal, also study the wolf and the coyote. One more note on the dog spirit animal before jumping into its meanings. Each breed of dog has its own unique qualities. If a particular breed has come into your experience, pay attention to the qualities that make that breed unique, as it may be exactly those qualities the dog is meant to share.
The dog spirit animal represents love, protection and loyalty. Dogs are faithful companions and reliable protectors who love their owners unconditionally. People who are attracted the dog totem are usually steady, kind and loving. They often work in fields that allow them to serve others, like social work or teaching.
Dog Symbolism & Meaning
The dog totem has many meanings, which can vary somewhat if you find yourself attracted to a specific breed. These meanings include:
- Trustworthiness and Reliability
- Unconditional love
Dogs as a Symbol of Loyalty
Dogs are loyal to anyone they see as their family. There are countless stories throughout history of dogs staying by their owner’s side even at great risk to themselves. If the dog power animal comes into your life, it may signify that you are a loyal and true friend. People who are experiencing loneliness or a betrayal may find the dog totem appearing in their lives as a reminder that loyalty exists.
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No animal I know of can consistently be more of a friend and companion than a dog.” ~ Stanley Leinwall
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Dogs as a Symbol of Trustworthiness
Dogs are steady, reliable animals. Working dogs spend long hours in the field and never hesitate or complain. Dogs are also incapable of guile or deception. This animal totem may appear in your life if you are feeling like those around you let you down or are not doing their fair share of work. People who identify with this aspect of the dog spirit animal are good at accurately judging their capabilities and keeping their promises.
Dogs as a Symbol of Protection
Historically, humans have relied on dogs largely for protection. Some breeds, known as livestock guardian dogs, were bred to live with flocks of sheep or goats and protect them from predators. If you find yourself identifying with a livestock guardian breed, or a protective breed like the German Shepherd Dog or Rottweiler, it may mean that you feel vulnerable and in need of protection. It can also mean that you are the protector, taking care of those around you.
Dogs as a Symbol of Unconditional Love
Everyone who loves dogs has experienced the truly unconditional love that dogs give their family. Even if their owners let them down, dogs still love. The dog power animal is a symbol of this unconditional love. If the dog totem enters your life, it means that you have a big heart and a lot of love to give. If you have been afraid to connect with others, it may be a sign that it is time to let go and open your heart.
Dogs as a Symbol of Perseverance
The adjective “dogged” is used to describe someone who never gives up even when exhausted. This is not a coincidence. There have been amazing stories of dogs continuing to work well past the point of exhaustion. The dog totem can symbolize this kind of persistence. If it comes into your life during a difficult time, it can be a sign to continue on no matter what.
Dogs as a Symbol of Playfulness
No matter how hard they work, dogs always have time for play. Whether it’s chasing a ball or wrestling on the floor, they approach it with joy. The dog spirit animal reminds us that it is always important to take some time to enjoy life.
Questions To Help You Find Meaning
To help you understand the meaning of your dog spirit animal, ask yourself these questions:
- How does dog coming into your experience reflect on your need for companionship?
- Are you or others around you being faithful to either yourself and/or others?
- Are you giving and/or receiving unconditional love?
- Do you need to take a break from life’s responsibilities and play more?
Dreaming About Dogs
Dog is mans best friend. Accordingly dreaming of a dog or dogs can signify spending time with friends. If the dog appeared happy such as with a wagging tail, it may mean good times with good friends. If the dog appeared angry such as with snarling teeth or growling, it may mean there is some disagreement with friends.
If you dream of two dogs fighting, it may mean that you will be called upon to help settle a dispute between two friends. If this is the case, remember that stepping between two aggressive dogs can be dangerous!
Humans have also used dogs for protection. If the dog in your dreams is a large breed, it may symbolize that you have a protector by your side!