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Trainer helps make Denison shelter dogs more adoptable

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Dog trainer Matt Waggoner is helping the Denison Animal Welfare Group make its pets more adoptable. (KTEN) Dog trainer Matt Waggoner is helping the Denison Animal Welfare Group make its pets more adoptable. (KTEN)
One of the dogs up for adoption at the Denison Animal Welfare Group shelter. (KTEN) One of the dogs up for adoption at the Denison Animal Welfare Group shelter. (KTEN)
Dog trainer Matt Waggoner visits one of the dogs at the Denison Animal Welfare Group shelter. (KTEN) Dog trainer Matt Waggoner visits one of the dogs at the Denison Animal Welfare Group shelter. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- What are you doing over the holidays?

"For my vacation this year, I'm going to go to shelters," said professional dog trainer Matt Waggoner. "I'm going to do Denison, and then I'm going to do one in Dallas and see if I can get people to adopt dogs instead of buying puppies for Christmas."

Waggoner, also known as Wagg the Dog Trainer, is spending this week at the Denison Animal Welfare Group.

"I want dogs like Rosie to not spend Christmas in jail," he said.

He's teaching the shelter dogs a few new tricks.

"I'm giving them all a crash course in manners. I don't want them jumping on people... things that will get them sent back here quick," Waggoner said. "Making sure they can be around other dogs before they leave here."

He does this so that dogs like Legacy can have a home for Christmas.

"They just want to be loved," Waggoner said. "Once I give them manners and stuff like that, it gives them a chance."

Inside the shelter, the barking is a constant din, but outside, it's a different story.

"It's like jail," the trainer said. "It's loud; they're screaming and stuff; and they're all stressed out. But as soon as I get them out here, they act like this. I mean are you scared of this dog? I hope not, because I'm not, either."

Most of the dogs at the DAWG shelter seem to be picking up on the training pretty quickly. They're all anxious to find their forever home.

"They just don't want to be in there, and I don't really blame them," Waggoner said. "I mean, it's loud and it's Christmas."

Click here to view the pets currently available for adoption at the Denison Animal Welfare Group at 3307 South Eisenhower Avenue. Call 903-361-4211 for more information.

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