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Dog Training with the Monks of New Skete
and Marc Goldberg

The Joy of Playing with Your Dog:
Games, Tricks, & Socialization for Puppies and Dogs

Book Description:

Game-based learning is a powerful tool to successful puppy rearing and dog ownership.With this exciting guide to playful and social activities for puppies and dogs, you’ll immediately enjoy drastically improved behavior and a stronger connection with your dog. 

Dogs live to play! It’s hardwired into their DNA. And when approached with intention, play provides the perfect opportunity to support behavioral development, obedience, and develop strong bonds between pup and owner that will last a lifetime. The Joy of Playing with Your Dog guides you through a program of structured play with activities that lead to both better dog-to-dog and dog-to-human relationships. The games, tricks, and socialization techniques are designed specifically for puppies, adult, and even senior dogs. Discover the pleasure of science-based learning as you play our version of Hide and Seek and Red Light Green Light with your dog! Fetch taps into a dog’s prey drive, so he’ll use it in a healthy manner and Speak helps to manage excessive barking. Games like Ping Pong Recall teach your dog to come when called even with distractions. Hyper dogs become calmer with games that teach them how to develop an “off switch.” Teaching tricks like Roll Over and activities that include simple agility training at home will strengthen your bond with your dog. The critical section on socialization―an important skill that’s missing from most dog behavior programs-- teaches you how to successfully introduce and adopt dogs, as well as navigate dog parks. With over 200 cheerful, full-color photos, you’ll have all the inspiration and tools you need to cultivate good behavior with games and enrich the precious shared life between you and your dog. 200 color photographs

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the art of living with Dogs

For many of us, love for creation deepens through the relationships we form with our pets, particularly our dogs. By their very nature and need, dogs draw us out of ourselves: they root us in nature, making us more conscious of the mystery of God inherent in all things. We cannot but delight in recognizing God’s mystery in the length and breadth of our daily life. In our particular monastic context of New Skete, we have been privileged to share this in a special way with our German Shepherds, who in an entirely natural way have taught us many important lessons about life and about ourselves.


Our relationship with the German Shepherd breed began when we were given our first dog, Kir, in the early days of our monastery. Kir was a beloved pet to all of us and our relationship with him led us to adopt more German Shepherd dogs and eventually, at the request of friends, to begin breeding these intelligent and beautiful animals. 

About 15 years ago the Monks formed a friendship and working relationship with Marc Goldberg, a well-known dog trainer based in Chicago. Together, they have co-authored two books, and are working on a third. They co-developed and co-wrote the dog training method detailed in The Art of Training Your Dog.

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Cover of book, The Art of Training Your Dog
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About the Monks of New Skete

The Monks of New Skete have achieved international renown as breeders of German shepherds and as outstanding trainers of dogs of all breeds. Their unique approach to canine training, developed and refined over four decades, is based on the philosophy that "understanding is the key to communication, compassion, and communion" with your dog. 

To learn more about the Monks of New Skete and New Skete Monasteries visit


About Marc Goldberg


Marc has been training dogs since he was a child, starting with his first dog, Gus, in 1969. Together they won a Dog World Award, AKC obedience titles, High In Trail, and other awards. He has been training ever since. Marc is past president of the International Association of Canine Professionals.


To learn more about Marc Goldberg and his training programs, visit

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