The Ripple Effect

Providing a rare and candid look into American Animal Shelters, The Ripple Effect is a novel exploring the challenges and triumphs of humane society work. At a small Humane Society in Southwest Colorado, Shelter Director Shane Hillard’s world is turned upside down when a self-righteous volunteer is appointed to run the organization’s change to no-kill. As the Director struggles to understand the new philosophy, daily challenges threaten to rip apart the important work already accomplished. Compounding matters further, the number of animals needing PHS’s help reaches, then exceeds the organization’s capacity. But, it’s not until the reputation of all dogs is challenged that Shane must stand up for what she truly believes in. Providing a rare and candid look into American Animal Shelters, The Ripple Effect explores the no-kill debate, veterinary conflicts, the impacts of nationwide population imbalances, and other sensitive topics. Inspiring and revealing, The Ripple Effect weaves together […]

The Ripple Effect

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The Law of Attraction in Dog Training

The Law of Attraction according to Louise Hay “is that our thinking creates and brings to us whatever we think about.” Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret adds that we must not just think about it but feel it – and act on it for it to come to fruition. Obviously this theory is nothing new. A centuries old proverb talks about a man going to a village and asking an elder “what kind of people live in this village?” The elder answers him by asking, “what kind of people lived in your last village?” “Oh they were nasty people, known for stealing and cheating.” The elder nodded, “well that’s what you’ll find in this village as well.” We find what we are focused on. So how often have you focused on your dog doing something right? As a dog trainer and a student of canine behavior I am often […]

Little Louie


pranaDOGS is at La Plata County Humane Society 4-5 days a week to work with the dogs while they’re between homes. Louie, one of my favorites, is pictured here. Louie has a bit of an attitude…he really does best with only one person at a time….but he’s a wonderful, loving guy who covers me with kisses every time I see him. If you know someone who’s looking for a terrific companion, please consider Little Louie. He may only be 10 pounds but he’s all heart and spunk…and he LOVES cats!

Trail Update – Horse Gulch

Got a chance to walk Horse Gulch yesterday….obviously the key these days is to hike on trail systems in the early morning/evening to avoid the mud, and I definitely recommend that for Horse Gulch. Though I started late, 9am I was able to do the Meadow Loop much of the way before the sun started to set in and make things goopy. Luckily there’s enough ice/snow packed down that you can easily get off the mud…but beware, it’s crunchy hard-to-walk in stuff….on the up side….we saw only three people on the access trail….no one in the meadow with us….what a rare treat 🙂  

Dog Walking…

pranaDOGS initially offered Dog Walking as an add-on to training programs to stay connected with dogs after training sessions had ended. It has since gained in popularity and become a sought after pranaDOGS program

Local Dog Trainer Earns Certification as Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed ®

Durango, CO December 5, 2014 – Local dog trainer, Marcy Eckhardt owner of pranaDOGS of Durango, CO has earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers® (CCPDT). Marcy now joins over 2,000 certified trainers worldwide. Until the creation of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2001, there was no true certification process for canine professionals. Many schools teach dog trainers and offer certifications for their specific programs. These certificates, therefore, reflect the teachings and quality of a specific school. Other organizations offer take-home tests for ‘certification.’ These canine professionals are not monitored to ensure they are completing the test without any assistance or collaboration nor is the testing process standardized. This unprecedented process was originally implemented by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest Association of Dog Trainers in the world, founded by noted Veterinarian, Behaviorist and Author Ian Dunbar. A task force of […]