Monday, March 28, 2016


Monks of New Skete, writers of bestselling books How to be Your Dog’s Best Friend and The Art of Raising Your Puppy, to share their philosophy and knowledge with fellow dog owners and trainers.

CAMBRIDGE, NY - The Monks of New Skete will be welcoming dog owners and dog trainers at their monastery this summer for a 3-day seminar that focuses on their philosophy of living intentionally with your dog.

The Art of Living with Your Dog Seminars are being held May 20 to 22 and July 15 to 17, 2016, and are intended to provide the dog enthusiast a better understanding of their dog’s behavior through the experience of the Monks of New Skete.  Topics include Puppy Socialization, How to Live Intentionally with Your Dog and Have the Dog of Your Dreams, Spiritual Dimension in the Human/Dog Relationship, and several talks on how New Skete became involved with dogs and dog training.

This is the third year of conducting The Art of Living with Your Dog seminars.  The conference includes breakfast and lunch each day, with an optional dinner with the monks. Attendees will be traveling from as far as Switzerland and Australia.  Past attendees have been from East Coast to the West Coast, Canada and Mexico.  Gwen and Richard, from Kentucky attended last year’s seminar and wrote, “We thoroughly enjoyed the "Art of Living with Your Dog" conference.  Thank you for the depth of knowledge and understanding which you made so readily available to us.  Thank you for your gracious hospitality.  We felt entirely welcome and at ease.  Thank you for all the hard work and logistical considerations that resulted in a seamless, well-coordinated conference.  Thank you for the preparation that went into the excellent presentations.  And thank you for feeding us so well!”   

Advance registration is required to attend, and space is limited.  To learn more about the Art of Living with Your Dog Seminar and the Monks of New Skete, visit


Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Dog owners and trainers to work side by side with the Monks of New Skete, writers of bestselling books How to be Your Dog’s Best Friend and The Art of Raising Your Puppy

CAMBRIDGE, NY - The Monks of New Skete have announced that they will host their first-ever dog training workshop on June 07 to June 11, 2016, at their monastery in Cambridge, New York. The brothers along with renowned trainers Marc Goldberg and Patrick Farrell, from, will co-present the ForceFree Method E-Collar Workshop for any dog owner or trainer who would like to learn a detailed approach to compassionate training with e-collars.

“For years we have incorporated e-collars into our training program here at New Skete,” said Brother Christopher, Prior of New Skete and Director of the monastery’s dog training program.

“With the assistance of Marc Goldberg we developed a system of training that not only gives our dog clients good results at home but also produces a happily trained dog that can be trusted off leash. We recognize that remote collar training remains controversial among certain segments, but we’re opening the monastery to trainers and owners to see and learn our system firsthand,” he noted.

As a result of their dog books which have sold in excess of 1 million copies, the monastery has fielded thousands of requests over the years from owners and trainers who wish to study dog behavior and training with the Monks of New Skete.

The five-day seminar, appropriate for beginner and experienced e-collar users, covers these topics: picking your equipment, the science of e-collar use, ways to introduce the e-collar to a dog, loose leash and off leash handling, place or go to bed, common dog behavior problems, anxiety and obsession behaviors, dog aggression, and more. Included in the workshop fee is the tuition, one ET-300 Educator courtesy of E-Collar Technologies, all course materials, four lunches, one dinner at the monks’ table, and a certificate of workshop completion.

Attendees may register to bring their own or a client’s dog, to work with one of the brothers’ dogs, or as an audit (non-dog handling) attendee. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. For details and registration form, visit or contact Ida Williams at 518-677-3928 extension 215.