Shelter Dogs Get a Chance To Showcase Talent With Right Training
At the beginning of the year, Diann Bowman and several others toyed with the idea of bringing a new competition to Wichita Falls to showcase what shelter dogs could become with a bit of training.
About a dozen trainers stepped up, dogs were selected from around the Wichita Falls area and from Lawton and the first Falls Mutt Makeover was born.
“Some of the dogs were very, very scared,” said Bowman, who served as the committee chair for the event. “We pulled a couple that were scheduled to be euthanized or had bad conditions — skinny, fleas, not very good condition.
“The trainers took very good care of them, cleaned them up and taught them some really great things.”
Eight weeks of training later, the dogs and trainers showcased their skills this weekend at the Texas-Oklahoma Fair. The opening round was held Friday and demonstrated the obedience skills the dogs had learned. On Saturday, the trainers got to have a bit more fun with a freestyle routine of about 90 seconds.
“It was amazing,” Bowman said. “Some of the trainers had never trained a dog before. To see what they accomplished in eight weeks with a homeless shelter dog was pretty cool.”
Otis Worthington, a youth trainer paired with Noelle, found the training to be an interesting adjustment for his family.