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Did You Dream About a Kennel? Here's What It Means

So you dreamed about a kennel? It's a colorful dream topic that carries a few possible interpretations.

Keep reaading for three different explanations from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about a kennel.

Which analysis works the best for you?


What does a kennel mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about a kennel often hints at feeling trapped or confined in a situation or relationship. That's the simple dream interpretation, at least.

It may reflect feelings of restriction and lack of freedom. If you're putting a pet in a kennel in your dream, it could indicate that you're trying to control or suppress certain emotions or aspects of your personality, represented by the pet. It might also suggest that you're taking necessary steps to protect yourself or others from potentially harmful situations.

A kennel can be a somewhat complex dream image to to give you a single, definitive meaning for. To say for sure, it would be necessary to get an understanding of the dreamer's background and mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Psychoanalyst,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of a kennel might suggest a Freudian regression to the oral stage of development, where the kennel represents the nurturing, albeit restrictive, womb.

But a kennel can say quite a few things — It could also symbolize the superego's attempt to impose order and discipline. Dreaming of placing a pet in a kennel, by contrast, may imply a struggle with the id's primal instincts, represented by the pet. The act of confining the pet could be an unconscious effort to repress these instincts, reflecting a conflict between the id and the superego. Alternatively, it could signify a need for self-care, as kennels often symbolize a safe space, suggesting that you may be seeking respite from external pressures.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of a kennel symbolizes a spiritual quest for sanctuary and order amidst life's chaos. It's a call to retreat, reflect, and reconnect with your inner self. The kennel represents a sacred space where you can safely explore your emotions and spiritual growth. If you're placing a pet in a kennel, it signifies your spiritual journey of taming your lower, animalistic instincts. The pet represents your primal desires or fears that need to be acknowledged and transformed. This act of confinement is not about suppression, but about spiritual discipline and self-mastery. It's a call to balance your earthly desires with your higher spiritual aspirations.

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So which analysis of the dream matches your dream?

Which of the above ways of explaining a kennel applies to your your dream experience?

Only you can know for sure. Bear in mind that our higher mind can be a multifaceted thing to understand. Each and every object or image from a dream can reflect many different things — or result from many different themes from our daily lives.

Do you have a slightly different interpretation for dreams about a kennel you can add? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your own ideas in the comment area at the bottom of this page.

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