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Photographer spent three years teaching her dog to smile

Image: Rachel Ebel

Pet owners {love to|want to|like to} teach their dogs new tricks. Run, jump, roll over. {All the|All of the|Most of the} classics. Teaching a dog to smile isn’t one of the classics, but maybe it should be.

This week, Rachel Ebel posted a picture of her Dalmatian, Griffin, on Reddit {showing off|revealing|showing} his smile. Ebel, a photographer from South Dakota, had {the idea|the theory|the concept} to train her dog to smile after learning {it was|it had been|it absolutely was} an unique trait to the breed.

“I spent {absolutely|definitely|positively} ridiculous {amounts of|levels of} time cruising the #dalmatiansmile hashtag on Instagram, {immediately|instantly|straight away} deciding {it was|it had been|it absolutely was} one of the funniest things I’d ever seen, ” Ebel said {in an|within an|in a} email.

“He loves learning new tricks though, and is always very eager to {show them|suggest to them|demonstrate to them} off, ” she said. “And as a photographer, I thought it’d be especially fitting to have a dog that could ‘smile’ for the camera. ”

It was {a long|an extended|a lengthy} hit-or-miss process to train {the dog|your dog|canine}.

“Ever since he was a puppy, I’d {make a|create a|produce a} point to praise him {anytime|any time} I noticed it, ” she said.

It was {only just|only} a few days ago that Griffin unexpectedly flashed his smile during playtime, and now Ebel says {he’s|he is} a complete pro. And although it’s nice to see a happy, smiling dog, it’s admittedly a little bit creepy. And Ebel already knows that.

“It’s definitely a face {that causes|that triggers|that creates} some strong reactions, ” Ebel said. “Most {find it|think it is|believe it is} hilarious, but I suspect a few are low-key terrified. ”

A good boy who knows how to smile for the camera.

Image: Rachel Ebel

{A dog|Your dog|Your pet dog} with {a big|a large|a huge}, bright smile.

Image: Rachel Ebel

{Back|Right back|Straight back} on Reddit, the reactions to this smiling Dalmatian were just as funny as the photos themselves.

Smiling snarl aside, Griffin definitely is {a good|an excellent|a great} boy. And a photogenic one.

Wink.

Image: Rachel Ebel

Ebel together with her Dalmatian, Griffin.

Image: rachel ebel

{Whether it’s|Be it|Whether it is} cute or creepy, {what makes|why is} Griffin smile the most?

“When I {come home|get back|get home} after a stretch of travel or {an especially|a particularly} long day, ” Ebel said. “The longer {I’ve been|I am|I have been} away, {the bigger|the larger|greater} the smile. ”

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/29/dog-learns-to-smile/

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