A dog whisperer, who became famous for walking a pack of unleashed German Shepherds through busy cities has revealed the techniques he uses to train canines.
Augusto Deoliveira, 27, from Sharon, South Carolina, admits that he doesn’t use any ‘harsh devices’ to correct the dogs, instead guiding them with a gentle touch or tug.
The professional dog trainer, who also says that he gets the dogs’ attention by using body language, grew up surrounded by dogs on a farm in Brazil, and now owns 20 German Shepherds of his own.
Augusto Deoliveira (pictured in September) is an expert dog trainer from Sharon, North Carolina, and is able to control his dogs with just gentle touches and body language
The dog lover, who was brought up in Brazil, is able to stroll down the street with his dogs unleashed, and frequently does so in his hometown
Augusto owns 20 German Shepherds and often takes numerous unleashed dogs out at once, safe in the knowledge that he can keep them under control
He says that he likes the idea of humans being able to ‘communicate’ with animals, which is what he believes he does with his dogs when he speaks to them and touches them
Augusto, who cuts a striking figure as he walks with his dogs, says that he doesn’t use any ‘harsh devices’ to correct the canines, instead using a gentle touch or tug
But while some might find that many canines impossible to control, Augusto, who calls himself a ‘balanced trainer’, says that he has mastered his leash-free technique by using both positive and corrective reinforcement techniques to train the dogs.
He said: ‘I have always liked the idea that humans are able to train animals and communicate with them in a certain way.
‘When I was three years old I used to play with the dog in the house trying to communicate with them. From that point, I knew I wanted to be a dog trainer.’
‘I consider my correction techniques to be extremely effective and the gentlest corrections available.’
‘I don’t use abusing, harsh devices to correct dogs – a gentle touch or a gentle tug at the leash is enough.
The gifted animal lover uses his skills with other people’s dogs too, working as a professional trainer to other pups
‘You can’t just have one set method to train different dogs,’ Augusto said. ‘You are going to need to try different things’
Augusto, who is seen at his home in Sharon with some of his dogs, claims that the best trainers are always those with the most open minds
Off they go! People will often stand and watch Augusto walking down the street with his unleashed dogs
Augusto can be seen demonstrating his training techniques in front of a very impressed crowd in his hometown of Sharon, South Carolina
‘It has a lot to do with the energy I let out, and my body language, that’s really what gets the dogs attention.’
Augusto has started training his dogs off leash in a group but using a simple leash to guide the dogs into the position he wants them to be.
He explained: ‘It’s a matter of being consistent and being very strict about what you want from your dogs.’
‘It’s a matter of really understanding the dog and having the dog be able to understand you.
‘You can’t just have one set method to train different dogs. You are going to need to try different things.’
Standing by: While speaking about his training skills, Augusto said that consistency is essential
Safe and sound: Augusto’s German Shepherds are able to sit quietly and calmly by themselves without anyone worrying that they might jump up or run off
Augusto, who is pictured with several of his dogs, says: ‘My job as a trainer goes a lot beyond what most people think of a dog trainer’
‘I’m willing to try any “method” to train as long as it’s not going to hurt the dogs and will be effective,’ Augusto said of his preferred techniques
Take a seat! Unsurprisingly, Augusto and his animals often attract quite a lot of attention when they take a stroll through town
‘I believe a trainer will fail the majority of the dogs they train if they only use one method, such as an only treat, or only correction,’ he added.
‘The best trainers will be the ones with an open mind. I’m willing to try any “method” to train as long as it’s not going to hurt the dogs and will be effective.’
The trainer says that the most rewarding part of his job as an expert dog trainer is the ability to save lives of dogs who otherwise would have been put down by their owners for their aggressive behaviour.
Augusto said: ‘I have never had to use a shock collar to train my dogs.
‘I actually believe that the methods that I use to train them are a lot more effective than a shock collar and a lot safer.’
Conversation: ‘I have never had to use a shock collar to train my dogs,’ Augusto says, insisting that he has developed much more effective methods of training
The trainer says that the most rewarding part of his job is the ability to save lives of dogs who otherwise would have been put down by their owners for their aggressive behaviour
‘I believe a trainer will fail the majority of the dogs they train if they only use one method, such as an only treat, or only correction,’ he said
Augusto at home with his dogs – the trainer grew up surrounded by dogs on a farm in Brazil
Saving lives: ‘I have trained dozens of dogs that would otherwise have been put down,’ Augusto, pictured with his pups, has said
Augusto’s client, Jerrica Brown, who owns one of his dog’s puppies, said: ‘Augusto is probably the best thing ever because anytime I have an issue I can message him, anything that I need from him he always gets back to me right away.’
Augusto said: ‘My job as a trainer goes a lot beyond what most people think of a dog trainer.’
‘I’m usually the owner’s last hope so I am pretty used facing dogs that have a lot of aggression issues.
‘I have trained dozens of dogs that would otherwise have been put down.
‘And to be able to turn those dogs around and just see the hope in the honest face and just the joy of knowing that they do not have to put the dog down because they found a solution is very rewarding to me.’