I have more examples of this than you can shake a stick at.
My old Gordon Setter Fancy was getting elderly, and we were enjoying a pleasant afternoon on the patio, Fancy was stretched out snoozing at my feet. My (then) Papillon Puppy Cricket had an old plastic cup she carried around with her and she began poking Fancy with it- poke, poke poke…pause…poke, poke, poke…pause… I’d tell her toknock it off, and she would stop, then wait till I went back to reading and start again.
Fancy finally got fed up, but rather than grol or snap, she simply stood up, snatchedthe cup out of Cricket’s mouth, marched it over to a raised flower bed (that Cricket couldn’t reach) and deposited the cup there, came back and flopped back down.
However, fast forward to the present. Cricket is getting her come-uppance. My now Gordon Setters Nick and Kharma, both delight in poking old Cricket with their nose. She HATES this and growls at them as if she is gonna eat them.
Serves her right.