The Greeting Stretch

When a dog wakes up from a sleep, or simply gets up after lying down for a while and stretches before coming to greet you and say hello, the common misconception is that they are simply stretching their muscles after a long period of rest. Although there are accasions when this might be the case, it is now believed that this behaviour actually forms part of a dogs greeting behaviour, and has even been given a name, the ‘Greeting Stretch‘.