Wednesday, November 11, 2009
- The Monks of New Skete
The Monks of New Skete are well known in the dog community for breeding and training their own breed of shepherds called the New Skete Shepherds. They raise and train them in their monastery located in Cambridge, New York, where they live among a monastic community that abides by the Eastern Orthodox Church traditions. Their approach to training dogs lies in more attitude than method, they believe that there has to be an underlying attitude that is present in an owner's relationship with their dog that carries through, regardless of what type of training they are doing with the dog. The Monks have published 2 books on the subject of training dogs, How to be Your Dog's Best Friend and The Art of Raising a Puppy, both best sellers and both full of insights in properly choosing and raising any breed into your own liking. They also published a meditation photo book called I & Dog, which illustrates the spiritual dimensions of the dog-human relationship.
The Monks also made a 3 DVD series on training your dog and they also offer a 4 week training course in their monastery for anyone interested in bringing their dogs to be trained by them.
more info here:
Monks of New Skete Dog Training