How To Train A Dog To Smile

How To Train A Dog To Smile

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

A dog that smiles is funny and incredibly cute. Some offer a submissive smile naturally which is easy to reinforce. The important thing about this trick is to recognize your dog’s individual smile and shape it with reinforcement.

  1. This is a trick to teach as an opportunist. Carry some treats and reinforce your dog each time he shows his teeth when excited.
  2. Some lift their lips obviously and others just show their bottom teeth. Choose your dog’s nicest smile and reinforce it as often as possible.
  3. Add the command word to the behavior and although it may take a few weeks of opportunity based training your dog will soon be smiling on command.

Top tip; Do not rush this trick, you will need to reinforce the natural behavior when it occurs for the best result.

Dog trainers love this trick because it can be a challenge to teach, and dog trainers love a challenge.

Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover and the founder of Success Dogs. For more than a decade, he has served as a coach to thousands of dog owners around the world to better train, communicate and forge a stronger bond with their dog using positive and force-free training methods.