Why is bringing a toy to the door so important to Atlas? Most might assume it’s to invite the new person to play, but the real answer is a bit more complicated than that.
“When she brings you a toy to play, she shoves it into your hand to get you to grab it,” Pearce explained. “But with the greeting behavior she just holds it and if you try to take it she will turn her head to the side. Not to tease you, just a slight shift to let you know that she wants to keep it.“
As Pearce wrote in a Reddit post: “Everyone gets shown a toy. No takes, though. For your viewing pleasure only.”