December 1, 2023

The Australian authorities is going through calls to ban a pet dog trainer acknowledged as the “Dog Daddy” from getting into the nation amid promises his strategies – which consist of bodily punishment utilizing a prong collar – encourage animal cruelty.

A petition that has gained additional than 6,000 signatures is urging the federal government to reduce Augusto Deoliveira, who is due to operate coaching sessions in Sydney at the conclusion of September, from getting into Australia.

Deoliveira, who is from Brazil and based mostly in the US, explained to Guardian Australia he assists canines with severe aggression and panic, where by “people have tried out every thing else” and may perhaps have in any other case presented the pet dog up to an animal shelter because they just can’t control conduct.

His solutions consist of the use of a prong collar, a metallic collar with spikes that pinches a dog’s neck when pulled.

“I train the doggy to react again to the sensation of the collar and the collar is not built to induce pain,” he claimed.

But RSPCA Australia stated Deoliveira’s procedures, which revolve about aversive teaching these kinds of as correcting a dog’s conduct by way of punishment alternatively than reward, were perilous.

“These methods are cruel, ineffective and harmful for both equally animals and persons,” an RSPCA spokesperson mentioned. They mentioned proof showed inflicting suffering and dread could interfere with studying and affected dogs’ interactions with folks.

“We have written to [Deoliveira] to categorical our fears,” the RSPCA spokesperson reported.

The Association of Pet Pet Trainers Australia has also lifted concerns about Deoliveira’s go to.

The organisation’s treasurer, Mark Ehrman, did not say Deoliveira really should be banned from Australia.

But, as Deoliveira’s techniques attain traction on social media, Ehrman referred to as on persons to realise what he encourages is outdated and cruel.

“It triggers a lot of tension and we get into this form of Jekyll and Hyde situation in which the pet dog sees a human hand coming in direction of it, it isn’t absolutely sure whether or not it is likely to be a reward or punishment,” he reported.

Deoliveira, who has 3 million subscribers on his YouTube channel and travels all around the entire world to produce the schooling periods – value US$1,500 (A$2,300) for a non-public sessions and US$400 for a team class – has been going through expanding backlash internationally.

His planned visit to the British isles before this month, which he later on cancelled then rescheduled to January, was met with a petition calling for his take a look at to be stopped. The petition received more than 28,000 signatures, and outcry from RSPCA British isles and the British Veterinary Association who condemned the marketing of aversive schooling.

Deoliveira explained he cancelled this vacation, and a further in Italy, thanks to the private toll of the backlash.

“There’s a big factor appropriate now with competitors that will come from primarily other pet trainers,” he claimed. “They have manipulated a lot of the points that I do.”

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