I think Gilby has actually learned to "smile" for the camera. When I say "Gilby, look at the camera" he actually does!!
I used to hold a treat right by the camera and give the command. That way he'd look at the treat and thus be looking into the lens of my camera at the same time. But, now, no treats are needed at all. And, not only does he look . . . he opens his mouth and appears to be smiling.
In fact, he absolutely loved taking pictures last night. I was trying to get some shots to send home to parents and grandparents so they could see my tree. In some of them I held Gilby, but if I decided to take one by myself he either jumped into my lap or ran over to stand by my feet.
Silly dog . . . you think it's possible for a canine to actually fall in love with the limelight?
You see him just sittin' there beggin' for me to take his picture, right?