A 2.5 week course in AKC (American Kennel Club) type obedience, incorporating the values of our monastic environment.
Our technique and philosophy
Our aim is to make it possible for owners to include their dogs fully in their lives, to help them realize the dream of what such a relationship can be.
We teach your dog the Heel/Let’s go, Sit, Wait/Stay, Place, Come, Down and Down-Stay on and off leash, and help you with any behavioral difficulties you have mentioned to us. Our method, described at length in our books, "How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend," "The Art of Raising a Puppy," “Divine Canine,” and "Let Dogs Be Dogs," employs a philosophy of praise, fairness, and discipline, set against a background of patience, repetition, and dedication.
In addition, over the years, we have had great success integrating remote collars into our training program. These collars use very low-level electrical impulses (usually lower than a human can feel in their own hand) in conjunction with commands to reinforce understanding and bring your dog to on and off-leash reliability, while adjusting unwanted behavior in less time and with much less stress than ever before.
Here at New Skete we offer a course in AKC (American Kennel Club) type obedience, incorporating the values of our monastic environment with the teaching of standard exercises both on and off leash. We also help owners with behavioral difficulties they may mention to us. (Please note that some behavioral issues may require a longer or different program than offered at New Skete.)
The course runs 2.5 weeks, and includes:
• Exercise and care
• Daily training
• Remote collar and any other training collar used with your dog
• Final interview with demo and hands-on training with owner
• Training report for continued education at home and access to video library
Our training comes with support for the life of your dog.
The program includes follow up to insure your happiness and success.
We are always available to help dogs that have completed our training.
The cost for training is $3,295.00 + NYS sales tax. If you are interested in enrolling your dog in the program, please complete the webform. We need to have your application electronically on record in order to keep track of your dog's place on our waiting list.
This program is for dogs that have completed the 2.5 weeks program.
We understand that sometimes life gets hectic and situations can arise that may cause training to sink on our lists of priorities. It is easy to get side-tracked.
This one-week program refreshes your dog’s training, building on the foundation from the first board and train.
$1,095 + NYS sales tax.
Your dog will be happy and busy the entire time he/she is at New Skete. There is plenty of mental and physical stimulation to keep your dog engaged and content as well as time for rest. You are welcome to bring your dog’s favorite bedding or blanket along with a special toy.
Your dog will be thrilled, when you return, to show you all he/she has learned.
Your dog will get three to four formal sessions and several informal session over the course of the day.
These will include learning to walk politely on leash and the other basic training skills, distraction training, and off-leash work that focuses on reliable recall.
This integrated program is designed to make your dog the companion you dreamed of.
Your dog will be trained and cared for by the Monks of New Skete.
Brother Christopher, Director of Training, is a long-standing Hall of Fame member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.
For over 40 years, New Skete, has dedicated itself to providing the best possible companion dogs for you and your family.
New Skete offers a board and train program for your dog. Some refer to this type of program as a training camp.
Prior to your appointment we will schedule an online meeting to discuss your dog's behavior and review an average day at New Skete Training. At the time of scheduled drop-off you will meet with one of the trainers and ask any last minute questions. Prior to your dog's return home, we will schedule an online meeting with one of the brothers. At your scheduled pick-up one of the trainers will work with you with your hands-on training until you are comfortable with the commands and using the collar.
You do not stay at the monastery.
At your pick-up online meeting, you will be presented with a “manual” for continuing your dog's training at home. This manual covers general information such as getting started, the ten commands, review of the go-to place command, information on the e-collar, and training exercises written specifically for you and your dog.
If you follow the program consistently, you will reinforce the training which has already taken place and will continue to build a relationship with your dog that is mutually fulfilling.
Our training includes support for the life of your dog.
The program includes follow up to insure your happiness and success.
Upon returning home with your dog, should you have questions, simply email us. We will email, call, Skype, use videos, or schedule a visit to address your questions.
Brother Christopher has over 40 years experience as a dog trainer. He is the primary author of the dog training books written by the monks. Brother Christopher is a Hall of Fame member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.
Tom has worked at New Skete Dog Training for over seven years. Tom attended a workshop hosted at New Skete, and then became an apprentice under Brother Christopher's tutelage. Tom holds a degree in psychology, but his passion for helping dogs and their owners led him to becoming a dog trainer.
Brother Thomas has been a dog trainer with New Skete Dog Training for over 3 years. Brother Thomas is a hieromonk (priestmonk). His compassion for people and their canine companions has made him an excellent dog trainer.
Sarah is a graduate of the Canine Training and Management Program from SUNY Cobleskill. She has been a member of the training team at New Skete for a little over a year now. Sarah is also a pet photographer.
Click here to see "The Faces of New Skete Dog Training" photos by Sarah.
Brother David has been a dog trainer at New Skete for over a year. Brother David is in his novitiate period of monastic formation. His love of dogs and thoughtful approach to training makes him a wonderful addition to the training team.
Josh has been part of the New Skete Training team for over five years. Josh wears multiple hats for the monastery. After tending to the dogs in the training program he handles all maintenance projects for the monks and is also their cook.
Brooke is the newest member of the training team. Brooke's background in doggy daycare and dog walking make her an ideal part of the team.
Ida has been employed by New Skete Monasteries as their Director of Marketing and Communications for 10 years. Shortly after beginning her employment with New Skete she was asked to assist the training team with coordinating the training schedule and working with the clients.
Dear Brother Christopher,
Susa has been a joy to have at home. We train every day and she seems to love the exercises. As you can see from the picture, she has become quite enthusiastic about coming when called (and all her other exercises). Thanks again for your wonderful work with her.
Anne & Nelson
Couldn't resist our snapping these pictures!
Our 4 & 3/4 year old (as she says) granddaughter loves Greta and had her sit and heel today. We thought they both did very well, and thought we would share it with you.
This was spur of the moment and without "tools." We just received the new charger, and will be using it as soon as it is revved up.
Maurice Sendak was a dear friend of New Skete for many years. Not only was he a lover of all things dog, he saw clearly their spiritual importance and how they can enrich our lives when they are cared for and loved. Maurice included his dogs in each of his books, and their presence reflects just how vital they were to his inspiration.
We are blessed to have known his friendship and support, and through the generosity of the Maurice Sendak Foundation we honor his legacy and keep his memory eternal.
The new training facility is a 6,144 square feet, modest barn-style building. The design features geo-thermal heated floors, and an indoor training area for times of inclement weather. Each dog is housed in its own kennel and run. Dogs can see their neighbor in the next run. Safety and comfort are key in the design.
New Skete is a small monastery located near the quaint village of Cambridge, approximately one hour north of Albany, New York. The monastery and the training kennel are found on a gentle slope of Two Top Mountain.
Morning and afternoon walks on the mountain road ensure that your dog is getting adequate exercise during his/her stay here. Play sessions in our fenced yard further your dog's experience and are coupled with informal training.
Due to COVID travel and gathering restrictions we have halted any plans for events in the near future.
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