I have a 8 months old Mame Shiba.
He shows very positive behaviour (greeting in the mornings or when getting home, showing his belly for rubs, fetching, etc) but there is one game he seems to love that I want to get confirmation on.
Occasionally (about once a day), he will come up to me or my partner and either tap or mouth (without teeth) our leg or arm. He will continue to do so until we bow down to him at which point he will dart away at full speed, run one round through the apartment an come back to the same person waiting with the front legs down, the back legs standing and the tail wiggling slightly. From a human perspective, it seems like he wants to play some sort of catch and after 5 minutes or so, he always comes back for a belly rub.
Is this indeed him playing "catch" of sorts, or are we somehow triggering a stress response in him leading to this behaviour?