ForceFree Method E-Collar Workshop, June 12 - 16, 2018

Train with the Monks of New Skete and Marc Goldberg

Learn directly from the writers of
Let Dogs Be Dogs
Brother Christopher, New Skete Prior, Hieromonk (priest-monk), dog trainer
Marc Goldberg, owner of and founder of ForceFree Method

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Five-day workshop for any trainer or dog owner

Appropriate for beginner and experienced e-collar users.  Perfect for anyone that would like to learn a detailed approach to compassionate training with e-collars.
Class size is limited to 20 students.  Only 10 dog handling spots.

Work with the monks' dogs or bring your own dog, or a client's dog.

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Beautiful location - New Skete Monastery

Located on the gentle slope of Two-Top Mountain, you will find the churches of New Skete, Emmaus Guest House, the dog kennels, the Maurice Sendak Dog Training Center, hiking trails, and the monks' monastery.  

Peace and tranquility are part of the setting as well as part of life.

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Workshop Details and FAQs

When, Where, and How

When: June 12 - 16, 2018

Where: New Skete Monastery, Cambridge, New York

Cost: Reg $3,995
Early Registration $3,495 with your dog, a client's dog, or handling one of the monks' dogs.
Reg. $1,995
Early Registration $1,745 audit (no dog handling)

How: Register here and make your $500 non-refundable deposit.

Topics Include

- Picking your equipment
- The science of e-collar use
- Ways to introduce the e-collar to a dog
- Loose leash
- Off leash
- Place or Go to Bed
- Common dog behavior problems
- Anxiety and obsession behaviors
- Dog aggression
- Structuring the e-collar into your training programs
- and more

What is included in the workshop fee?

1 ET-300 Educator from E-Collar Technologies
All course material

5 Continental Breakfasts
5 Lunches with the monks

1 Dinner at Monks' Table

Certificate of workshop completion

Does not include accommodations.
A list of local inns and hotels will be supplied upon registration.


 Experience: All attendees must be over the age of 18.  While dog training experience is not necessary, you should take into consideration that multiple dogs will be present throughout the program and that you need to feel comfortable around them.

Physical: New Skete Monastery is located in the northeastern part of New York State on Two Top Mountain.  The weather in June can be somewhat unpredictable.  Warm days and cool nights are the "norm", but not guaranteed. 

 Many of the sessions will include working in the outdoors.  Pack walks are on the mountain road with areas of incline.  You should be prepared for the possibility of rain, and spring bugs. 

What do I need to know if I bring a dog?

 You can only bring one dog.  For trainers, you may want to bring a client's dog to offset the cost of the workshop.
Dogs must be reasonably people and dog-friendly.  Dogs that prove aggressive at the workshop may be prohibited from the property.   If applying to attend with a dog, an application for the dog will be sent separately.  
The dog will be screened by the brothers and Marc before being approved to attend.
Dogs must be spayed or neutered to attend. 
If your dog is approved for attendance, you must provide proof of current vaccinations and a clean fecal exam.
If approved you and you alone are responsible for your dog's care and supervision.
You must bring a crate for your dog.
A list of pet-friendly accommodations will be provided upon approval of registration.

If you register to handle dogs but are not bringing a dog, you will be working with dogs that are in the New Skete training program and New Skete German Shepherds. 

Audit/Non Dog Handling

  If you audit, we want to include you on every level of participation in this workshop other than actually handling dogs. You will attend, observe, and analyze with us every working session and participate in all discussions, speak freely and question and answer session, as well as attend all meals including dinner at the monks' table.

 You'll be an integral part of this workshop!   

Payment Terms


For dog-handling attendees - $500 non-refundable deposit at time of registration.   $1,497.50 ninety (90) due days prior, balance of $1,497.50 due 45 days prior.   

For non-dog-handling attendees - $500 non-refundable deposit at time of registration.   $622.50 due 90 days prior, balance due 45 days prior.  



All cancellations must be in writing.  For cancellations no less than 45 days before the workshop, 50% of the refundable portion of the fee will be returned.  For cancellations less than 21 days before the workshop, 25% of the refundable portion of the fee will be returned.   Your seminar fee and registration are NOT transferable.   Discounts and/or scholarships are NOT available.   You must agree to the payment schedule on the registration form.   

Getting there

 Travel by air is into Albany International Airport; by train Amtrak into Rensselaer or Saratoga Springs.  New Skete is a very rural area.  It is advisable to rent a car as public transportation is limited to one taxi cab.

Upon approval of your registration, we will send you a list of area accommodations, including pet-friendly lodging.  New Skete does have a guesthouse with a limited number of rooms.  Information on booking rooms at our guesthouse will be included in the travel packet.  Please do not book rooms at the guesthouse in advance of registration approval.  The guesthouse will be close to those outside of the workshop.  


 You must agree to all the terms and conditions to attend.

Registering does not guarantee your participation.  

If you are bringing a dog, he or she will be screened and approved to attend.

The workshop includes physical activities.  Walks and other training occur outdoors.  You (and your dog) should be ready for such levels of exercise.

Guests that may be travelling with you are not permitted to attend any of the classes or meals in this workshop unless they are registered attendees.


 You will receive a certificate stating that you completed this program.  This certificate can be used on your resume, website or Facebook page.  

The program does not certify you.

You will need to sign a release of liability.  

Photos and videos

 The workshop may be photographed or videoed.  All attendees must sign a release permitting the usage of their images.  


New Skete and reserve the right to cancel the E-Collar Tech Workshop for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient sign-ups.  A workshop with insufficient signups will be cancelled 60 days prior to the beginning of the seminar.  In such a case, refund of payments received shall constitute full settlement.  

The financial liability of New Skete and shall be limited to the amount paid to the course, and shall not cover any other travel or cost incurred.    


Do you have any questions before registering?  

Monks of New Skete

250 New Skete Road, Cambridge, NY 12816, US

(518) 677-3928 ext. 215

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