Thomas Savoca

Feb 022018

I really would appreciate if you could do me a quick favor.

It will take all of 30 seconds. I just need you to answer a few questions. Let me first explain why:

I never use choke chains to train dogs.

I stopped using them literally decades ago.

So it is interesting when I meet with a dog owner for a consultation and they tell me:
“I was told you hang dogs by choke collars.”

I hear this a couple times a month from new clients. Yes, (GASP) there are people in the community (competition and rescue groups) who don’t like your friend and hero, The Amazing Dog Training Man.

I know you are picking yourself up off the floor and can’t believe what you just read but it does happen more often than you’d think.

WHY? WHY would anyone make such a disgusting comment about such a lovable, harmless fluffball like me?

I know, it’s unthinkable and many would get angry, mad, depressed, vengeful even…

…but I’m a peaceful man.

And I learned long ago it is much better to channel negative feelings into a positive outcome.

Me and Deepak Chopra.

Much of the anger, negative comments, and lies stem from my dog training style. I am a firm believer there have to be both POSITIVE and NEGATIVE consequences when you train.

In today’s politically charged climate, there is a HUGE PUSH for positive only dog training. I wrote my book, “The Deadly Dog Training Myth” (available on Amazon), to help dog owners understand why positive only is dangerous for the dog.

As I stated earlier, I was thinking of how I could turn this into a positive outcome and came up with an idea but I’d like to hear from you first.

I was thinking of doing a FREE workshop on the different types of collars used for dog training.

There is a large variety of them and this is where dog training goes off the rails. Which one to use? Which one is humane? Is there a collar which will give you the best dog training results?

You have choke, slip, prong, flat, martingale, electronic, there are haltis, gentle leaders and then you have a whole host of harnesses. The freedom harness, easy walk, and so on.

My idea was to put on a workshop explaining how they work and which one is best for you and your dog.

But… before I put any effort into this I want to make sure it is something you would be interested in,

If you could just shoot me off a quick email letting me know:

1. If you think it is a good idea.
2. If you think it is a terrible idea.
3. What you would like to learn at the workshop.
4. Questions you’d like answered.

I appreciate your help with this. If we do the workshop I promise to give you all the details so you can attend. And if you don’t live in the area I’ll record it and put it on YouTube for you.

My email address is



Eric Letendre’s Dog Training School
Westport MA.
(774) 319-6351

10 Devol Pond Dr.
Westport MA 02790

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Jul 312017

Hi Tom,

Busy schedule the past few weeks.

Last week I was in New Hampshire for a two day seminar. On Saturday I was in Spencer MA to watch and learn from Ivan Balabanov. Ivan is a two time IPO World Champion. Couldn’t miss a chance to see him being so close to me.

And you thought I spent my weekends sipping on frosty mugs of beer and watching Red Sox games.

As the great Jim Rohn said: “School is never out for the pro.”

So I still read, attend seminars, and continue to expand what I know about dog training and behavior.


…it may have been for nothing.

Your friend and hero, The Amazing Dog Training Man, could be looking for a new career. I know you are shocked, sad, angry, and confused to hear this.

Dog training and Eric Letendre go hand and hand like peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, Laverne and Shirley.

It is true. All because Amazon wants to take over the world.

You see, Amazon is working on a pet translator and states they are less than 10 years away from having them available for the public.

According to a article:

“Pet translators that can turn woofs into words and make sense of miaows, might really be on the horizon, according to a report backed by the internet retailer. Futurologist William Higham of Next Big Thing, who co-authored the report for Amazon, says he believes devices that can talk dog could be less than 10 years away.”

Actually it is kind of funny to me. Most people would stop using them after a few days. All I picture is a dog owner turning on their new translator and saying:

“Come here Sparky. Mommy has dinner for you.”

The dog replies: “Really? More of this garbage? Why don’t you grab those rib eye steaks and grill me up a couple of those bad boys.”

We may not like the two way communication pet translators will provide.

Until then, know this: Dog training is communication. You must communicate to your dog what you want him to do and what you want him to STOP doing.

We want our dogs to walk on leash, to come when called, to sit at the front door, and so on.

We also want our dogs to stop jumping, stealing food off the counters, barking, digging etc.

You must communicate to the dog in a way he understands. To accomplish this I show dog owners four different methods:

1. Words
2. Lures
3. Leash Pressure
4. Remote Learning

I start every dog off with learning YES and NO.

Once the dog is familiar with these words I start showing the dog what to do with lures and prompts. Then I introduce a little gentle leash pressure to clear up the confusion. Once the dog is good I make sure he can do the commands under distractions and at a distance.


Not at all.

Let me show you how. The first place to start is to sign up for a free consult. You can get started here:



2015 Coco at Nova University in Davie Doing Therapy Dog Work

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2015 Coco at Nova Univ

2015 Coco at Nova Univ

You can see Coco and Lacey (the other German Shepherd) and their doggy friends having fun and meeting people at Nova University in Davie, Fl. The dogs love it and the students appreciate it. These dogs are all certified therapy dogs from Canine Assisted Therapy of Oakland Park, FL. Therapy dogs or pet therapy dogs are pets that are invited into hospitals, nursing home, schools, daycare (adult & children). They are more often then not certified by an organization like Canine Assisted Therapy That way they are screened and insured to be safe and trustworthy. Coco is certified to work with both adults and children. #‎TherapyDogsRock‬