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My husband and I recently brought a new dog into the family. She is a 14 week border collie. We got her at 8 weeks. She is a happy, playful little girl with one exception. She growls and snaps at us when she is sleeping. This behavior is recent, maybe about a week?
She sleeps in bed with us at night with our 3 year old Parson. If we try to move or roll over in bed then she starts growling menacingly. :eek: We try to call her name and tell her no, but she sometimes lunges and bites, hard enough to draw blood. This happens during the day too, if she is taking a nap. She likes to sleep at my feet and if I move then she growls and bites. We have started crating her after she growls at night, for a few minutes, but once let out and she falls asleep it happens again.
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of situation or advice?
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum!

Congratulations on your puppy. :)

I would recommend a vet check just because it's a new behavior. She might be in pain that you don't know of and that might be making her more irritable.

Besides that, I would start crate training and just let her sleep there.
Lots of dogs can/have/will snap and growl if they are jolted awake.
They don't know exactly what's going on, who's around, etc.

Are you doing any training with her? What type of training? :)

Here is a great link to read - http://www.dogforum.com/training-behavior-stickies/crate-training-faq-3974/
 

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Maybe stop sleeping with her? Some dogs are like that. I think they might be the dreamers. Simba is normally fine with being woken up but one day he was whimpering and squirming and sounded really distraught so I thought id wake him up. When I did he leaped about 3 feet virtically snapping and barking. He looked rabid. Then he calmed down and went back to sleep.
 

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i agree with Esand. I wouldn't continue sleeping with her. You could train her to sleep in a crate in your bedroom or in the hallway outside your bedroom if you want her to be close by. It doesn't sound like anyone - human or canine- is enjoying the current arrangement.
 
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