An adorable dog has left the internet in stitches after the animal’s owner posted a video of the pup’s fun new smiling trick to Reddit.
Diego, the golden retriever, loves to smile so much he taught himself how to smile on command without his owner’s help.
The cute dog was captured on camera looking lovingly at his owner before she asked Diego to smile and he responded by showing her his teeth.
In the video, which was posted to sub-reddit r/aww, Diego responds to the command three times.
After each time she asks him to "smile" Diego then moves closer to her and wags his tail as he looks for affection.
User iamsoverytired said Diego learnt the trick despite the fact she had never taught him to do it.
She added that she hopes he never looks in the mirror while he performs the trick as Diego might give himself a fright.
Other Reddit users agreed, with one saying the pup is a "weird dog, with stranger people, but still behaving like a good boy".
Sarcloemming, who claims to be a vet, debunked the dog's cheesy grin and said it is called “mimic grinding”.
They said: "This phenomenon is called “mimic grinning”, and most behaviorists [sic] believe it arises as a learned behaviour from dogs that are especially bonded to their humans."
Another said: "That’s both adorable and terrifying."
A third added: "One of our family dogs did this too. I loved it but poor guy had a hard time making friends with other dogs when he did this. He was the biggest ball of love."
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The adorable video has become a smash hit on the forum and has received a whopping 54,200 up votes.
Diego's grin has also amassed a whopping 593 comments and we're sure he'd be happy to be friends with a golden retriever recently found crying in Xinxiang, China's Henan province.
Maomao is searching for his neighbour's dog, Doudou, also a golden retriever, after he was snatched by a man on the street last month.
In a bid to find the missing dog, Maomao’s owner, Mr Shao yesterday posted a clip of him holding a note asking park-goers to bring Doudou back home.
It went viral online after park-goers stopped to read the note and saw the pooch "crying.”
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