"Listen to your inner voice and promise that you'll take positive action where you need to. If you've been addicted to a harmful substance, to overeating, or even to being a doormat, listen to the voice within that begs you to be big rather than small, and take one corrective step." - Dr. Wayne Dyer
I believe that all addiction is in response to an unmet need. Lack of self-love, self-respect, and self-esteem.
Dreaming of dogs, the need to take care of your dog, the dog trying to catch up with you can reflect your subconscious mind asking the dreamer to invest in self. Loyalty to self, love of self and to be your own best friend.