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It's doggone cold! Watch Wrangler make his big TODAY plaza debut

No, it wasn't a puppy on the loose — it was just Wrangler making his TODAY plaza debut!

Wrangler has called TODAY home for two weeks now, staying warm in Studio 1A — until today. On Wednesday morning the pup finally explored the last bit of TODAY's unfamiliar territory: the plaza.

But of course that required getting Wrangler bundled up before heading out into the cold weather.

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And Wrangler had to get some encouragement (and kisses) from Natalie.

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Finally, Willie helped escort Wrangler out to the TODAY plaza for the first time.

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Sporting his new TODAY hoodie, Wrangler immediately explored the terrain.


Saxon Eastman, Wrangler's trainer, said visits to the plaza are good for the puppy's prep as a guide dog.

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"It's good, it's more socialization experience for him, which is invaluable to his training," Eastman explained. "As a guide dog, he'll be out in the world in all different types environments and he has to learn how to focus in those environments and be very adaptable."

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Wrangler seemed right at home with the rest of the TODAY family.

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He loved his visit to the plaza so much that he had to recover from all the excitement with a much-needed nap.