February 28


Nightmares? 3 Top Ways a Doberman Can Help

By amy arthur

February 28, 2023

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Nightmares have been associated with fear of sleep, which in turn perpetuates hyperarousal and insomnia. - Dogs & Their Promising Roles in Sleep Disorders Therapy

In truth, nightmares can be a great source of stress and anguish, and often times, it is hard to get back to sleep after one. That being said, did you know that a Doberman can help you or your child sleep better after experiencing a nightmare?

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In short, Dobermans are naturally very loving and thrive best when they are with their family. Furthermore, they provide a sense of security and peace of mind that can be a great help in those moments when you feel the most vulnerable

Consequently, I am going to share three ways that a Doberman can help you or your child sleep better after a nightmare.

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Hello, my name is Amy Arthur. I breed, train, and sell, purebred Doberman Pinscher puppies for service or protection work and as excellent quality family pets. Our dogs are personality tested and certified under Tackleberry Solutions and recommended for specific tasks depending upon their individual score results.

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#1 Comfort

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Anxiety-induced insomnia can be relieved by a service dog "to mitigate anxiety... and to modify hyperarousal and hypervigilance, which in turn creates a more amenable mood state for sleep initiation, as well as a greater sense of safety in those who are uneasy in the dark and/or night and who tend to phase-reverse to dodge nighttime sleep.” - Science Says Your Dog Can Help Sleeping Disorders

Above all, Dobermans are loving animals that are eager to provide comfort to their owners. Consequently, after experiencing a nightmare, your Doberman might be the first one to comfort you. Accordingly, by offering a gentle nuzzle or a cuddle, your Doberman can help you feel calmer and more at ease, allowing you to drift back to sleep.

#2 Security


In conjunction, Dobermans are naturally protective of their owners. As a result, they can bring a sense of security that is beneficial in helping you or your child sleep better.

To expound, knowing that your Doberman is there to look out for you offers peace of mind and can help you feel safe.

This can be especially helpful for children who might have a hard time calming down enough to go back to sleep after a nightmare.

Once more, having a protective Doberman by you or your child's side can help you feel safe and secure in the face of fear.

#3 Support


Last but certainly not least, the high intelligence level and ability to sense danger is something that I've always admired and appreciated in Dobermans. 

As a personal reference, when I was a child I had some bad experiences which resulted in my own fear of the dark. Embarrassingly, that fear of the dark still perpetuates today. However, having a Doberman by my side has greatly helped to ease my comfort.

For example, if I feel scared or uneasy, I always look at my Doberman. Their senses are so much greater than ours. Furthermore, their ability to feel danger is also more acute. As a result, if they are calm, then I can be calm too.

Nightmares Conclusion:


In conclusion, a Doberman can be a great addition to anyone suffering from the anxiety of nightmares and can be especially helpful for a child. Again, Dobermans are known for their loving personalities and protective presence, which can be a great source of comfort and security for your child.

Critically, when looking for a Doberman puppy, make sure to find a reputable breeder and be prepared to provide plenty of love and care for your canine.

Above all, bringing home a Doberman could be the perfect solution for your child’s nightmares. 

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Amy is passionate about helping others. She is constantly looking for ways to teach others how to be more prepared. With a core belief that honesty and teamwork are key to success.

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