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I just inadverdantly awakened my 2 yr. old lab/pointer

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I just inadverdantly awakened my 2 yr. old lab/pointer mix,(male) and he nipped at me. Is this unusual and should I be concerned. I adopted him when he was 8 weeks old.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Based on your history, it does sound like you caught your lad by surprise. This is a natural reaction to being startled awake (and not being sure if it is friend or foe doing so), and something even people do when it happens to them. Therefore, in this instance and since this wasn't an aggression motivated behavior, I'd not be worried but advise trying to let him know (ie calling his name, etc) you are near before handling to avoid that surprise and uncharacteristic behavior.

I hope this information is helpful.

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All the best,

Dr. B.

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