I have a 5 year old blue merle--a bit larger than average size-- that has recently shown an aggressive side to me as never before. When in a deep sleep and he is touched or petted, he has snapped at me-- a trait I've never seen before in him or my previous two shelties. I understand being startled might cause this defensive reaction, but is this common? Is it temporary? Is this a symptom of something deeper? Has anyone else experienced this?
I now know to be sure he is awake before I pet him, but am afraid of the unknown. Any information will be appreciated.
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