COMMENTATOR: But today he’s raising the stakes by attempting to repeat the feat on the busy city streets. Augusto Deoliveira grew up on a farm in Brazil with dozens of dogs, and he learned from a young age to communicate with them.
Today he lives breathes and even sleeps with his pack, as part of his work running Griffin Shepard Kennels.
AUGUSTO: My dogs know me as part of the pack, I spend a lot of time with them, I feed them, I let them out, I exercise them, I do everything with them.
COMMENTATOR: Augusto’s landlady Cynthia is amazed by what she sees every day.
CYNTHIA: I believe Augusto has a gift and his dogs, all dogs, not only his, respond amazingly to Augusto.
COMMENTATOR: To test his training, Augusto has decided to try the unleashed pack, walking in a busy environment the dogs aren’t used to.
AUGUSTO: Today I’m taking my pack for a walk in Boston, Massachusetts. Sit Hannah. I have Hannah, Genna, Harmony, Griffin, Pricilla, and Savannah today. I start with my dogs on the leash to get them used to the position we have to walk in and to stay by my side before I allow them off-leash.
COMMENTATOR: And then one by one Augusto lets the dogs off their leads. Keeping each one under control in the distracting environment.
AUGUSTO: And as you can see they have to remain positions unless I change them.
COMMENTATOR: Eventually all six German Shepards and successfully walking to heel. And the dogs are proving to be a big hit with the Bostonians.
WOMAN: I would love to have a dog as well behaved as those, I have two dogs that are horribly behaved and this would be amazing but I don’t think I can ever replicate what he does. You can tell that these dogs are amazingly well trained, they’re calm, he has complete control of them.
AUGUSTO: I love spending time with my dogs, just feel like there’s so much I can do with them, I can spend time training them, I can spend time just taking them places, I can spend time playing with them I never get tired of it.
COMMENTATOR: After a hard day of work the pack grabs the first chance they can for a well-earned nap.
CYNTHIA: Dogs had fun?
AUGUSTO: Yeah they’re all tired as you can see. Time for bed.