The Book

In Bookstores on September 12, 2017

In collaboration with our friend and colleague, Marc Goldberg, we offer decades of experience in dog care and training in a new comprehensive guide for dog owners.   

Brother Christopher


   No matter what training techniques you use with your dog, the training is unlikely to be optimally successful unless it is predicated on an understanding of the dog's true nature. Since dogs naturally want to be led, they need focused and compassionate guidance. Through stories and case studies, we reveal how canine nature manifests itself in various behaviors, some potentially disruptive to domestic accord, and show how in addressing these behaviors you can strengthen the bond with your dog as well as keep the peace. The promise of this book is that, especially in an ever-accelerating world filled with digital distractions, you can learn from your dog's example how to live in the moment, thereby enriching your life immeasurably.

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Meet the Authors

Brother Christopher Savage - New Skete Prior, Hieromonk (priest-monk) director of dog training

Brother Christopher grew up near Chicago, Illinois.

Before entering monastic life, he attended the University of Southern California, Georgetown University, and St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where he earned his degree in philosophy. After graduation, he entered monastic life at New Melleray Abbey, near Dubuque, Iowa. After four years at the Trappist monastery, his deep attraction for the Christian East, led him to leave and join New Skete, an Eastern Orthodox monastery in Cambridge, NY. In 1983, he made his life profession.

Although it is a far cry from his formal studies, Brother Christopher was asked to head the dog training program at New Skete. He had been assisting the previous program director since his arrival at the monastery and had an aptitude for training dogs. Reading everything he could get his hands on about dogs and training, he strived to stay a step ahead of the clients he was trying to help, and over the years he became a mature, world-renowned dog trainer. Brother Christopher believes that his experience with dogs has revealed much about the scope of God’s mysterious presence in the world and helped him to think about spirituality in an inclusive rather than exclusive sense. Principal writer for the Monks of New Skete of their books In the Spirit of Happiness (1999), Rise Up with a Listening Heart (2005), I & Dog (2003), Dogs and Devotion (2009), The Art of Raising a Puppy (1991 and 2011), and the revised edition of How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend (2002), Bless the Dogs (2013) Brother Christopher has seen them published in many languages and distributed throughout the world.

In 1995, Brother Christopher was asked by the monastery to serve as a priest and was ordained in October of that year. For many years he has been involved in the formation of novices, and has more recently been active in spiritual direction of guests and pilgrims who visit the monastery.  In January 2014, Brother Christopher was elected Prior of New Skete. In this role he leads in the governing of the monastery.

Marc Goldberg - owner/trainer

 What does it take to offer the best dog training in Chicago? Sensitivity to both dogs and people. Education and credentials. The ability to motivate and gently improve your dog's behavior. Execellent communication skills. The ability to deliver. And most important of all, an abiding love for all dogs.

Marc Goldberg, CDT is a certified dog trainer, and past president of the International Association of Canine Professionals. To learn more about the IACP, an organization of over 1,200 members worldwide, please visit  Marc's story began in 1969 when his first dog, Gus, came in to his life. Gus ran out into the street one day and was hit by a car. Fortunately, he survived. When he was healed up, Marc's mother shipped both boy and dog off to dog training school. Mentored by some of the finest dog trainers in the nation, Marc's career in dog training began at the age of 12.  He hasn't looked back since! 

 Marc isn't your typical dog trainer. Typically, dog trainers try to sell you specific dog training behaviors such as heel, sit, down, stay and come. Oh, you want your dog to come when off leash? You'd like your dog to stop lunging and growling at other dogs? You need your dog to stop using your home for a bathroom? You could be looking at week after week of lessons, lots of corrections or tons of food bribery.

I'm not the average dog trainer. I don't sell dog training behaviors. I want to deliver you the dream...the dream of a profound and loving relationship with your dog. When dog and human are in a deep relationship, each meets the needs of the other. 

Fulfilled dogs do not lunge, bark incessantly, chew your belongings, ignore you. Happy dogs get to run off leash at every opportunity at one of Chicago's beaches, dog parks, on in their Chicagoland yards. Contented dogs come when you call them, walk nicely on the leash, and never need corrections or yelling. 

 That's why I train with my signature ForceFree Method™. We simply harness the power of Pack Drive...your dog's natural instinct to follow the Leader. That Leader can be you.