For the last few months, Romeo has been doing this “Oh, I’m so sleepy” stretch every time he sees me.
It happens all the time; in the kitchen, when he gets off the couch, if he’s been upstairs with the kids and comes back down to find me. At first I thought, awww… he’s so sleepy. Then I’d wrap my arms around his big, blocky head and give him lots of kisses. But it started happening so often I thought it may actually mean something — like a term of endearment.
And sure enough, when I googled “dog greeting stretch” what I found confirmed my suspicion: Romeo loves me! :) :) :)
Here’s more information about when a dog greets you with a stretch.
The Greeting Stretch
The greeting stretch, or “I love you” stretch as I like to call it, is your dog’s way of saying “Welcome back! I’ve missed you! I love you!”
You will find your dog’s rear end high and his front paws stretched out in front of them. Their head will be arced back and nose lifted in the air. This is a very relaxed position. Your dog’s ears will be relaxed and their eyes may even be squinty.
As casual as it may appear, it’s not a casual move at all! A dog won’t display this kind of behavior unless they are comfortable with you. You wouldn’t see your dog doing this to a stranger. It is reserved only for the people whom he loves the most!
Kind of cool, right?!
So, tell me… have you ever noticed your dog “bowing” to you?