What Is the Dream Meaning of a Black Dog?

What Is the Dream Meaning of a Black Dog?

Interpreting a dream of a black dog might be easier than you think – was it a nice dog, or was it a mean dog?

Black Dog Dream Summary

Black Dog Dream Symbolism

A dream of a black dog could have a lot of the basic symbolism of a dog dream: loyalty, obedience, companionship, protection, and aggression. However, the dream meaning of seeing a black dog filters the dog dream symbolism through the symbolism of the color black.

The color black has both positive and negative meanings. It may therefore be especially important for you to pay attention to the emotional atmosphere of your black dog dream, as that will tell you which meaning is most relevant to your dream.

Black can be a color associated with scary things. If the black dog in your dream is behaving in an intimidating way, this could symbolize that you have a powerful enemy in your life.

However, black can also be a protective and shielding color. If the black dog in your dream treats you well, this could symbolize that you have a powerful protector on your side.

Common Black Dog Dreams

  1. Dream of a black dog you know
  2. Dream of a friendly black dog
  3. Dream of a black dog following you
  4. Dream of a black dog attacking you
  5. Dream of a black dog dying
  6. Dream of a black puppy

Common Black Dog Dreams

Dream of a black dog you know

Dream of a black dog you know

If you dream of a black dog you know – like your own pet, or the pet of someone you know – the meaning of your black dog dream may be more about the relevant personal relationships in your waking life than about black dog dream symbolism in general.

Dream of a friendly black dog

Dream of a friendly black dog

If the black dog in your dream feels friendly, you can trust your intuition about that. Whether a dream feels good or bad is often a very important part of interpreting it.

The better side of the symbolism of the color black includes shielding and protection, so dreaming of a friendly black dog could symbolize that help is available to you. The color black can also be associated with transformation, so a friendly black dog in your dream might represent a guide who will assist you as you go through a time of transition in your life.

Dream of a black dog following you

Dream of a black dog following you

The dream meaning of a black dog following you depends on the emotional atmosphere in your dream. If the dream overall felt good, the black dog could symbolize that someone or something is looking out for you and protecting you. However, if the dream felt upsetting, the black dog might represent an enemy who is out to get you.

As described in dog dream symbolism, some people describe depression as a black dog that follows them, so the meaning of a black dog following you in your dream could refer to that. A dream of a black dog following you that feels gloomy might also reflect that you can’t seem to get away from something difficult in your past.

Dream of a black dog attacking you

Dream of a black dog attacking you

In general, dog attack dreams can symbolize that logic and reason have broken down in some situation in your life. Someone may be convinced that you are a threat to them, and there seems to be nothing you can do to convince them otherwise.

The dream meaning of a black dog attacking you would generally emphasize the negative end of black dog dream symbolism. This could represent that you have a powerful and perhaps unreasonable enemy who is out to cause you trouble.

Dream of a black dog dying

Dream of a black dog dying

Finding the meaning of a dream where a black dog passed away requires you to look at the emotional atmosphere of the dream. If you were relieved to see the dog die because the dog had been attacking you, this could symbolize that a difficult obstacle is on its way out of your life. If you killed such a dog in self- defense in your dream, this may reflect that you are proud of your ability to take care of yourself.

However, if you were sad to see the dog die in the dream because things were going well between you and the dog, this could symbolize that you feel you are losing a source of companionship or protection you had relied on.

The color black can refer to transformation, so a dream of a black dog dying could refer to the type of situation where someone who went through a particular formative experience with you drifts apart from you after the intense situation is over. You may need to accept that your purpose together is complete for the time being.

Dream of a black puppy

Dream of a black puppy

Black dog symbolism can go in both good and bad directions. In a dream of a black puppy, it might not be clear yet what direction things will go.

A black puppy dream could symbolize that how you handle a situation in your life right now may be very important in determining how things will eventually turn out. In yourself, or a child you are responsible for, you may need to work to channel potentially difficult personality traits, like tendencies toward melancholy or aggression, toward a positive outlet.

Conclusion

Black dog dreams may be among the easier dreams to interpret because there is so much variation in what they can mean. You have to trust your own emotional judgment to get an answer that makes sense to you – and that’s pretty much the trick to interpreting any dream!

Eva Sylwester

Eva Sylwester has been fascinated with the interpretation of dreams since middle school. She got a B.A. in psychology and religious studies from the University of Oregon in 2007. After that, she began exploring astrology and other new frontiers in spirituality. In her approach, the goal of dream interpretation is to help the dreamer articulate their own intuition. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, United States.