Trick To Make Your Dog Smile

Teaching a dog to smile takes a bit more work than some other tricks, but it can be achieved. Reinforce the behavior when the dog is happy and relaxed. Smiling is not the same behavior in dogs that it is in humans, and although it appears to us to be a smile, to the dog it is mild panting with the mouth slightly open — a behavior that occurs when the dog is having fun, being scratched in just the right place, or after a game. The key is to teach your dog at just the right time that this is the behavior you want.

Make Your Dog Smile

Step 1 to Make Your Dog Smile 🙂

Begin when your dog is happy and relaxed, i.e., after a play session or when the dog is getting a good scratch. Gently lift the dog’s lips on either side of its snout with your fingers from above. Hold a treat in your other hand.

Step 2 To Make Your Dog Smile 🙂

Give the command, “smile,” in a happy, high-pitched voice. As you do this, give the dog the treat. Pat and praise, using the same happy voice. Repeat this several times.

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Step 3 To Make Your Dog Smile 🙂

Use the dog’s favorite toy for a game. Play fetch, ball, or tug. If you have more than one dog, do this one-on-one with the dog you are training so it has your undivided attention. At the end of the game, ask the dog to smile with a treat. If it offers the behavior, give a treat and lots of praise using the command word, such as “good smile!”

Make Your Dog Smile


The key to achieving this behavior is to identify what the dog is doing with a treat at the moment it is doing it. This identifies for your dog what you want it to do, and will elicit the behavior more quickly. Praise the dog consistently when it performs the behavior, especially if it occurs at a time when you don’t have a treat. Train for this in short segments, and always after the dog has enjoyed time with you.

Don’t over-train this trick. If the dog doesn’t understand what you are asking for, stop and return to training at another time. Overdoing this training will confuse the dog. Train in short segments, and always after the dog has enjoyed time with you.

Work with the dog when you’re petting it. Find your dog’s favorite pleasure point. Some dogs love to be scratched on the back at the base of their tail; others, just under the ears. Scratch the dog in its favorite place, then give the “smile” command. Treat the dog when it responds correctly.

5 Question That People Ask

Ans- Many experts believe that dogs have learned to smile because they‘ve seen humans do the same or because we reward them for doing so, Stilwell said. … Woodard said the doggy smile is also known as a submissive grin or a sign that your dog wants to appease you.

Q2-How can I get my dog to ask for permission?

Ans- Sprinkle some kibble on the floor. Put your dog on a leash and walk him into the room. Wait until he looks at you. As soon as he makes eye contact tell him “yes” and let him eat some of the kibbles.
Ans- 8 Fun, Impressive Tricks You Can Teach Any Dog
  1. Kiss.
  2. Bark On Command.
  3. Shake Hands. The “Shake Hands” trick is definitely one of the cuter tricks your pup can learn. …
  4. Fetch. While fetch is a classic game, for some dogs it’s a trick that doesn’t come naturally. …
  5. Roll Over.
  6. Play Dead.
  7. Spin.
  8. Stand On Hind Legs.
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