Is your dog always ready to pose for the camera? Often they look away or move their heads just as you click the button. Make sure your dog is camera ready when you are by teaching him to smile and "say cheese" on command. Not only does this fun party trick make for great photos, but it's also a good way to bond with your dog and impress your friends.
Most dogs don't naturally smile when they are happy, but they may appear to grin naturally when they are panting or relaxed. Just like other natural dog behaviors such as sitting or laying down, you can teach your pup to "smile" on command with some patience and practice. Teaching your dog to "say cheese," requires you to be close with your dog and understand his mood. If you sense he's getting nervous or agitated, back off from the trick. Only attempt this training with a dog who is happy, relaxed, and ready to learn.
Teaching your dog to 'say cheese' takes patience and precision. You will be marking a behavior your dog may not normally do, and it will take time for him to understand the command you want. Go slowly and take your time with each phase.
During this trick, you will be working closely with your dog's mouth, so it may be more appropriate for older dogs who have already learned that hands aren't chew toys. Practice this trick for short durations of time, with plenty of play time in between. If you practice for an hour, only half of that should be training the rest should be play.
To begin this training, make sure you have a strong bond with your dog, and only practice when he's not stressed or anxious. This skill takes a lot of trust both for you and your dog. To get started you will need:
Below are three different methods you can try to teach your dog to 'say cheese' on command. Each dog is different, so test them out to find the best fit for you and your pup. Soon your social media feeds will be full of your dog and his winning smile.