A household pet is different from wild animals because it is domesticated. Our pets can symbolize our own habitual or routine behavior. As a symbol, the pet can portray what you are nurturing and protecting - both good and bad. Their well being and behavior can embody how you may be neglecting aspects of yourself. Dogs relate to unconditional love but if you are afraid of a dog in a dream, you may not be feeling trusting in your current relationship. The cat remains aloof and can symbolize a desire to be more self sufficient. Animals usually portray more natural or organic drives and passions - and when it is domesticated it can embody trading natural expression for security needs. Explore what type of animal is being portrayed as a pet for more information of the side of you that may be in need of freedom or nurturing. See also Animals.