A center for canine daycare in Passaic County is facing criticism for its association with a trainer who some individuals have alleged uses harsh and damaging methods with dogs.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The Westbrook Pet Resort, situated in Ringwood, was the focal point of a video released by animal trainer Jack George on Thursday, who boasts almost 3.7 million followers on his YouTube channel. The video denounced the facility’s partnership with another canine trainer, Augusto DeOliveira, also known as “The Dog Daddy,” who conducted a training session at the establishment last weekend.
In his video, George revealed footage of DeOliveira displaying “entirely unprofessional, unnecessary, and disrespectful conduct towards the dogs” at Westbrook. He also held the Center accountable for “firmly standing by” the partnership, as evident from a Facebook post announcing an upcoming session on April 20.
Westbrook Pet Resort at Ringwood
“I encourage the residents of Ringwood and the surrounding areas of New Jersey to take a stand against this problematic enterprise,” expressed George in the video. “By boycotting these methods and raising awareness about them, you are sending a clear message that abusive training practices are not acceptable in today’s society.”
Westbrook did not provide a response to a request for comment on Friday.
DeOliveira, who has a subscriber base of over 3 million on YouTube, referred to George as an “extremist” who selectively edits clips of Dog Daddy to deceive his own followers. He discussed his experience in assisting aggressive dogs that other trainers struggle to control, and whose owners are desperate to improve their behavior.
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“This individual is manipulating the general public by distorting my videos to portray them differently, to give a false impression,” stated DeOliveira in his video. “This is causing significant issues within the dog community, posing risks to dog trainers and jeopardizing the well-being of the dogs.”
DeOliveira informed NorthJersey.com on Friday that the favorable response from attendees last week prompted the owner to invite him back for another training session. He asserts that his training techniques are both safe and efficient.
“If you don’t own a dog and aren’t dealing with any serious behavioral challenges that are significantly impacting your life, it’s easy to form an opinion,” DeOliveira commented. “You adore dogs, and it appears a certain way, but individuals who are truly desperate for assistance with their dogs perceive me in a completely different light.”
However, George seeks to emphasize that this manner of training can pose risks to both the safety and well-being of the dogs and the public.
“Treating dogs in the same way you would treat a person heightens the likelihood of future aggression,” he asserted. “Instead of identifying the root cause of negative or aggressive behavior, it’s merely getting temporarily addressed like putting a bandage on a fractured bone.”
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The controversy resulted in a surge of negative evaluations on Westbrook Pet Resort’s Yelp page last week, leading Yelp to temporarily disable comments.
One review stated, “I am utterly astonished that this establishment hosted The Dog Daddy for a ‘training’ seminar.” “Any facility that endorses these abusive approaches towards dogs in the guise of training should be completely avoided!”
Similar remarks have surfaced on Westbrook’s Facebook page, and George’s video has amassed significant attention, amassing over 9,000 views.
George emphasized, “When an establishment like Westbrook disregards this and poses a risk to the health and public safety of the residents of New Jersey, we firmly believe that accountability needs to be publicly enforced as extensively as possible.”
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