pranaDOGS is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for dogs by solving their behavior issues, training them to be good-mannered members of society and building their capacity to thrive.
pranaDOGS provides training and rehabilitation for dogs in shelter and rescue settings, for dogs who are between homes and for individuals struggling with behavior problems with their adopted dogs. Located on 20-acres near Durango, Colorado, pranaDOGS works to empower dogs with the skills they need to thrive in households and be well-mannered members of the community.
pranaDOGS works with 2 primary types of dogs: those who are shut-down due to fear, anxiety and trauma and those who are over-the-top, reactive and in some cases acting aggressive. The Center acts as a safe-haven for dogs where they can heal, thrive in a routine, overcome issues with other dogs and people, find healthy, acceptable coping mechanisms and of course be trained in basic manners and beyond.
- Service Dogs for Adoption
- Workshops and Trainings
- Individualized Training and Support for Animal-Welfare Organizations
- Training and Education to Empower Individuals with their own Dogs
- Fostering, Training and Adopting Shelter Dogs as Service and Companion Dogs and
- Training and Support to La Plata County Humane Society Dogs including Post-Adoption Problem Solving and Relationship building for LPCHS Dogs
Executive Director, Marcy Eckhardt is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and has worked with dogs most of her career. After serving in the Air Force, she put herself through college as a groomer and veterinary technician. Marcy then ran a doggie daycare and grooming business then a boarding facility, and in 2011 published the book, The Ripple Effect; A novel exploring the Challenges and Triumphs of running an Animal Shelter.
In 2013 Marcy was credited with turning around a four-corners, high-euthanasia shelter in less than a year; dropping euthanasia rates by half and implementing progressive programs and solutions. Marcy is CPR Certified, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and has been the Trainer/Behavior Consultant for La Plata County Humane Society since 2014. She specializes in improving communication between dogs and people and helping traumatized dogs get through their issues.