I've got Buddy to smile when i say "Are you a HAPPY BOY?" I started by petting the very back of his head, (for some reason, he also smiles at me whenever i first sit down--no idea why--so during training, i moved from chair to chair a lot, ha ha, is true! EVerytime i sat down, he smiles for some moments afterwards for some reason..:msngiggle:
Then i'd click and treat that smile, and i found petting the back of his head makes him smile, click/treat....over time he got it, and eventually, i was able elicit his kinda open mouthed smile without touching the back of his head.
Funny part is----his smile often looks kinda fake-y ---if you can picture a dog making a fake-y smile!! :msngiggle: Hlarious.