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.